Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Celebrate the Guggenheim's 50th Birthday with FREE Admission- October 21, 2009

To celebrate the 50th birthday of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building, the museum will extend free admission to the public on Wednesday, October 21st from 10am to 5:45 pm. Throughout the day, visitors will enjoy special celebration activities, access to current exhibits, free Guggenheim Cookies (at 3:00pm while supplies last), Green Bag Giveaway for the first 50 people and a free raffle for all museum visitors with goodies from the museum store.

When: Wednesday, October 21st;
10am-5:45 pm
Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173
Here's the breakdown of all the fun stuff that will be happening tomorrow:

* Birthday Photo Booth - Take your picture sitting astride giant "5-O" sculptured numbers - part of the 50th Anniversary logo photo booth. Upload your pictures onto to the museum's flickr group. flickr.com/groups/free day/

* Anniversary Eye Tours - Interactive tours with museum educators will be offered in five languages and for partially sighted, blind, and deaf audiences.

* Art, Architecture, and Innovation: Celebrating the Guggenheim Museum - This 27-min. documentary explores the history of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum and chronicles the building's conception, construction, and critical reception.

* Family Friendly Activities - From 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, family friendly interactive activities will take place throughout the museum. Family Architecture Guides will also be distributed to children ages 12 and under.

* Story Circle - From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (on the hour) there will be readings of picture books including I'd Like the Goo-Gen-Heim by A.C. Hollingsworth.

* Live Twitter Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building - From 4:30 to 5:30 PM, the Guggenheim Twitter team, museum visitors, and followers around the world will have the chance post observations during a live-Tweet conversation. Include #GUGG50 in your tweets, and visit twitter.com/Guggenheim to follow the Guggenheim on Twitter.

* The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim Anish Kapoor: Memory - Be the first to see -a major site-specific sculpture installation that weighs 24 tons by leading international artist Anish Kapoor. On view through March 28, 2010

* Harry Winston Jewels Inspired by the Guggenheim - For one-day only Guggenheim-inspired diamond jewelry will be on display in the Guggenheim

In addition to all the celebratory fun the following exhibitions will be on view for FREE:
* Kandinsky September 18, 2009-January 13, 2010

* Gabriele Münter and Vasily Kandinsky, 1902-14: A Life in Photographs September 18, 2009-January 13, 2010

* Paired, Gold: Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn October 2, 2009-January 6, 2010

* Intervals: Kitty Kraus October 9, 2009-January 6, 2010

More details about the event are located here: guggenheim.org/50

If you miss this event remember that the Guggenheim is by pay-what-you-wish donation every Saturday evening from 5:45pm (the museum closes at 7:45pm)!

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