3 Free Ways to Celebrate International Museum Day

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[Photo courtesy of MCASD La Jolla]

On Monday, May 18, museums all over the world will be celebrating International Museum Day. The theme of the day: free.

To begin, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (MCASD) is offering free admission to both its Downtown and La Jolla locations to the general public. Additionally, it will offer local college students a chance to relax and unwind during their week of finals by hosting Finals Escape: College Afternoon, taking place from 11 AM-5 PM. Each location, in addition to free admission, will also offer their own opportunities:

La Jolla: The La Jolla MCASD location will offer two exhibition tours, free of charge: Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993-2003, and SARAH CAIN blue in your body, red when it hits the air. Additionally, La California food truck will be cooking up its unique Cali/Mex cuisine. Guests can look forward to live music and art-making activities with Project Artivism. [700 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037, (858) 454-3541]

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[Photo courtesy of MCASD Downtown]

Downtown: The Downtown location now offers $2 parking for its 2-hour parking spots. Additionally, it will offer free exhibition tours of Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui. The Currywurst food truck will be parked at the Downtown museum, making its specialty grilled cheeses and fries. Students will also have the opportunity to unwind by participating in yoga and meditation programs. [1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego 92101, (858) 454-3541]

MCASD has announced that they will award free tickets to MCASD’s upcoming TNT (Thursday Night Thing) to the college with the largest number of students in attendance at Finals Escape.

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[Photo courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art]

San Diego Museum of Art: On International Museum Day, the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) will offer free admission to the public from 10 AM-5 PM. Located in Balboa Park, this museum is situated in one of the most beautiful areas in San Diego. Should you choose to visit the SDMA, you can also check out the Balboa Park Botanical Gardens. The gardens, which are open from 10 AM-4 PM, Friday to Wednesday, offer admission free of charge. Not only is admission free, the gardens are absolutely beautiful! [1450 El Prado, San Diego 92102, (619) 232-7931]

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[Photo courtesy of balboapark.org]

From free admission to funky exhibitions, there are many reasons to check out the manifestations of International Museum Day in San Diego! Whether you enjoy music, food, or art, there will be something for every guest to enjoy.

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Allie Gallegos

Allie Gallegos

Allie Gallegos is a summer intern at La Jolla Blue Book and currently attends Emory University as an undergraduate student studying Creative Writing. Allie was born in New Mexico and moved to California at a young age and has since come to call La Jolla home. She enjoys writing about art, food, and the local happenings of La Jolla and the greater San Diego area.

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