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  • Discover an Ancient City at Worcester Art Museum Family Day

    WORCESTER, MASS., October 27, 2000 - Looking for an inexpensive, educational, fun-filled way to spend a Sunday afternoon? The whole family can discover a lost ancient city at the Worcester Art Museum's Antioch Family Day on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 1-4:30 p.m. All ages are welcome, and children age 17 and under will be admitted for FREE.

    Activities will be held in the Museum's galleries and studios and include musical and dance performances, demonstrations by local artisans, studio lessons on creating mosaics, making Roman clothes, and more.

    In addition to enjoying the day's activities, be sure to visit Antioch: The Lost Ancient City, the Museum's landmark exhibition that reawakens one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities of the Roman Empire. The people of Antioch come to life through magnificent mosaics, exquisite jewelry, stunning glassware, sensuous sculpture, and other treasures created nearly 2,000 years ago and reunited for the first time since they were discovered in the 1930s. Rescued from the ruins of Antioch, these works are from Worcester's world-renowned collection, as well as the Louvre, Princeton Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, and several other major European and U.S. museums.

    Antioch Family Day Schedule

    1:30 to 2:15 p.m. - Renaissance Court
    The Dance of Antioch.
    Enjoy the sights and sounds of traditional Middle-Eastern dancing by members of Worcester's Antiochene community.

    2:30 to 3:15 p.m. - Tour starts at Salisbury Hall
    Journey to the Lost Ancient City
    Follow your guide through the exhibition Antioch: The Lost Ancient City and discover what life was like for the citizens of this great Roman city.

    3:30 to 4:15 p.m. - Renaissance Court
    David Zucker and Richard McElvain bring the gods of ancient Greece to life! Hear the myths and stories that were told in ancient Antioch.

    On-Going Activities - 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

    Piece It Together
    After seeing how the people of Antioch made mosaics, go to the studio and make your own mini-mosaic.
    Higgins Education Wing Studio 2 Down and Studio 2 Up

    A Crown For All
    Roman emperors wore laurel wreaths to show how important they were. Make your own wreath and show the world how important you are!
    Higgins Education Wing Studio 1 Down and Studio 3 Up

    Roman Style
    Create a typical Roman garment to wear as you walk the streets of ancient Antioch.
    Lancaster Lobby

    The Sounds of the East
    The music of Antioch comes alive with Richard Bayrouty and his group of musicians. Listen while they explain Arabic music and the unique instruments of the region.
    Salisbury Hall

    Watch artists and artisans at work, and learn how they make pottery, jewelry and textiles.
    Higgins Education Wing Hallway

    Discovery Gallery:
    Learn more about art in the Worcester Art Museum's collection in this interactive gallery. Hands-on activities include an archeological dig and a multimedia program that allows you to 'touch' and 'discover.'
    First Floor-near the Salisbury Street entrance

    Antioch, Past and Present
    Enjoy a 10-minute video on the ancient city of Antioch through the words of an ancient author and the sights of the city today.
    Video room next to Antioch exhibition.

    Expanded parking on Lancaster Street makes visiting the Museum more enjoyable than ever before. For more information about Antioch Family Day, call the Museum's Education Department at (508) 799-4406, X- 3007 or X- 3056. Antioch Family Day is sponsored by Fleet.

    Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England and boasts a 35,000-piece collection comprised of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, and drawings. The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406, visit our web site at www.worcesterart.org, or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.