Smithsonian Museum Day Live! and Doors Open R.I. Come to RIHS

Sites in Providence, Woonsocket Will Offer Free Admission, Tours on September 23

What: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! and Doors Open Rhode Island at RIHS Sites

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 10am-4pm

Where: John Brown House Museum (52 Power St., Providence); Museum of Work & Culture (42 S. Main St., Woonsocket)

The Rhode Island Historical Society’s John Brown House Museum in Providence and Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket will open their doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 23, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! Ticket at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017/.  

The Smithsonian Institution recognizes the extraordinary power of museums and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. The event represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are. More than 200,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

The John Brown House Museum and the Museum of Work & Culture will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Sept. 23. Also taking place that day is Doors Open Rhode Island, a free open house festival in Providence, and the John Brown House Museum will participate with special behind-the-scenes basement tours of the 1788 mansion at 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3pm. 

In addition to free admission from 10am to 4pm, the Museum of Work & Culture will present artist Rebekah Greenwald Speck’s French Lace: Threading Diversity Into Beauty in the Blackstone Valley. The talk will take place at both 10am and 2pm.

Speck’s work focuses on engaging French speakers from around the globe who live in the Blackstone River Valley to share their personal histories, opinions, thoughts, and experiences related to the impact of French language and culture on their perspectives and lives. Following her talk, Speck will conduct additional short interviews with visitors who wish to share stories about how French has influenced their lives. Francophone-inspired refreshments will also be served.

Additional parking is available in the rear of the Museum. Seating for the talks is limited and is first come first served. For more information, please contact Sarah Carr at (401) 769-9675 or scarr@rihs.org.

“Carrying on the truly special tradition of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! while also welcoming visitors as part of the inaugural Doors Open Rhode Island festival represents an wonderful opportunity for us to both continue providing greater access to the community and to partner with organizations we admire,” said Geralyn Ducady, director of the RIHS’s Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs. “We always look forward to Saturdays at RIHS sites, but this weekend promises to be extraordinary.”

For more information, visit the Smithsonian Museum Day Live! and Doors Open Rhode Island websites, or contact RIHS Communications Manager Shawn Badgley at (401) 331-8575 x134 or sbadgley@rihs.org.