Ten Things You Don’t Know About Worcester Art Museum
Friday, March 02, 2012
As well-known as the Worcester Art Museum is by residents and art enthusiasts world-wide, there are a few interesting facts you might find as a surprise and a delight.
Here’s a list of things you might not know about the WAM:
1. First American Museum to purchase paintings by the great French impressionist Claude Monet.
2. The Worcester Art Museum is a pioneer in the art conservation field having published studies of paintings using X-radiographs and infrared photographs as early as 1935.
3. The Worcester Art Museum has had a Partnership with Elm Park Community School for over 25 years enabling its students to learn about social studies, language arts and art in the Museum’s galleries and studios.
5. The Worcester Art Museum has been offering courses in drawing and painting since 1898.
6. The Worcester Art Museum was the first American Museum to bring a medieval building from Europe to reconstruct in its galleries—in 1927.
7. The Worcester Art Museum has been exhibiting photography as an art form regularly since 1904; current photography show RON ROSENSTOCK is bringing in large crowds.
9. Children (17 and under) are always admitted free at the Worcester Art Museum.
10. The Worcester Art Museum is home to the earliest known self-portrait in America—a portrait of and by Thomas Smith (around 1680).
To experience the surprises - the Museum's hours are:
Wednesday-Friday, Sunday: 11am-5pm
3rd Thursday of every month: 11am-8pm