Admission Free Friday, November 26, with Donation of Non-Perishable Food

WORCESTER, MASS., October 12, 1999 - Help create a memorable holiday feast for someone else and gain free admission to the Worcester Art Museum on November 26, 1999, by donating non-perishable food items to the Museum's seventh annual holiday food drive that day. The Museum will contribute all donated items to the Central Massachusetts Shelter for Homeless Veterans, the Mustard Seed, and Rachel's Table. It's a great way to spread cheer the day after Thanksgiving! The Museum will be open that day from 11am to 5pm.

Everyone who participates in the food drive will also receive free admission on November 26 to these distinctly different shows now on view at the Museum: Alphonse Mucha: The Spirit of Art Nouveau -a landmark exhibition showcasing more than 100 works created by a leader of the Art Nouveau movement; Outlook: Collecting the Contemporary - a dramatic presentation of 10 works by international contemporary artists; and Hiroshige: 53 Stations on the Tokaido -a compelling display of 19th century prints by one of Japan's most famous artists.

In addition to enjoying these exceptional shows, you can avoid crowded malls and find unique gifts for everyone on your list in The Museum Shop's relaxed atmosphere. Top off the day with a refreshing lunch or beverage in The Museum Café.

Museum Background

Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). 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 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.