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    The Salisbury Singers

    Concerts, Tours and More!

    Through December 31, 2018

    With the opening of lumina on December 1, the Worcester Art Museum launches its annual Holidays at WAM programming, which includes concerts in the Renaissance Court and art tours.

    All events are free with Museum admission, except where indicated.

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    Hours and Admission

    Gallery Hours
    Wednesday—Sunday: 10am–4pm
    Third Thursday of every month: 10am–8pm
    (Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Dec. 25.)

    The Museum Shop
    Open 7 days a week, 10am–4pm, Dec. 1 – Dec. 24.*
    Thursday, Dec. 20, 10am–8pm
    WAM Members receive a 20 percent discount Nov. 23 – Dec. 24.
    *On Mondays and Tuesdays, please enter through the Salisbury Street front doors.
    Learn more about the Museum Shop

    The Museum Café
    Open Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 11:30am–3pm

    Special Events

    Member Event: Champagne, Chocolate & Shopping!
    Friday, November 30, 5–7:30pm

    This Member-only event includes a special preview of lumina, an animated and immersive canvas of light and color; Chocolate Bar with desserts from The Queen's Cup and Chocolate Therapy; champagne (the first glass is free for Members); multi-sensory musical performance by Boston's MASARY, coordinated with the lumina's animated light and color; winter-themed docent tour of the European galleries by candlelight; and cash bar. Free gift wrapping of Museum Shop purchases is sponsored by the WAM Members Council. Free for WAM Members and their guests.

    In partnership with LuminArtz. LuminArtz logo

    Events for Families

    lumina Public Opening Celebration
    Saturday, December 1, 10am–4pm

    Visitors of all ages are invited to join in this day-long celebration of the opening of lumina, an exciting new immersive art and light experience. In addition to stepping into lumina's animated floor-to-ceiling canvas, visitors will engage in a variety of hands-on art activities that explore the theme of light and imagery. Free with Museum admission.

    Arms and Armor Demonstration: Live Demonstration of Medieval Combat
    Saturday, December 15, 11:30am–12:30pm and 2–3pm.

    The subtle skills of attack, parry, and grapple are brought alive by Cambridge Historic European Martial Arts Study Group as they demonstrate the knightly arts in a recreation of a medieval combat school. Free with Museum admission.


    Salisbury Singers
    Sunday, December 9, 2pm
    Renaissance Court
    Salisbury Singers, a mixed chorus of selected volunteers under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Michelle Graveline, perform holiday and classical favorites. Free with Museum admission.

    Merrimack Valley Ringers
    Sunday, December 16, 2pm
    Renaissance Court
    The Merrimack Valley Ringers, an auditioned community hand-bell ensemble, delight audiences with their infectious joy, gusto, and warmth. Free with Museum admission.

    Museum Tours

    Zip Tours
    Saturdays at 1pm

    Celebrate the season with a holiday-themed tour. These fast-paced, docent-led gallery talks are designed to offer a short but in-depth view of a single work or artist. Tours are scheduled Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. Free with Museum admission.

    Sunday Public Tours
    1pm, from Nov. 25 – Dec. 30

    These hour-long tours offer an overview of the permanent collection. Tours will leave from the Salisbury Street Lobby. Free with Museum admission. No admission charged on December 2, which is Free First Sunday.

    December Tour of the Month
    “The Ten” American Painters
    Saturdays, Dec. 1 and 15, 2pm

    In 1897, the ten leading painters in America, led by Childe Hassam, agreed to resign en masse from the Society of American Artists and form their own group. This tour examines dozens of works by those men, with samples from seven of the ten at WAM. Tour begins in Lancaster Lobby. Free with Museum admission. No admission charged on December 2, which is Free First Sunday.

    Family Tour
    Saturday, Dec. 1, 10:30–11am

    This 30-minute, docent-guided, discovery tour is designed for families with young children to explore some of the Museum galleries. Meet in Lancaster Welcome Center. Free with Museum admission.

    Stroller Tours
    First and third Wednesdays of the month, 10:30–11:15am
    Dec. 5: Stained Glass
    Dec.19: Rocket Ship

    Stroller tours introduce children 0–3 years old to art and stories with a specially designed gallery program. Juice and snacks are served after the tour. Free with Museum admission. Siblings are also welcome. Stroller access to Lancaster Lobby is through our Tuckerman Street Entrance.

    Studio Art Classes

    December Art Workshops
    WAM's Studio Classes program offers a wide array of workshops this December with a choice of many adult, youth, and teen classes that suit a variety of interests and schedules. These include Saturday workshops for ages 5–17 and adult workshops and short classes on holiday paste paper, clay sculpture, acrylic and oil painting and Japanese woodblock printing, and more. In addition, workshops for youth and teens are offered during the holiday school vacation. For more information and to register, visit worcesterart.org/classes.