Area Museums Have Free Admission and Special Activities for MLK Day

Mon 1/15

As usual on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, local institutions and organization have special activities, some tied in with King’s legacy, some merely intended to divert kids who are out of school. You’ll find many open that are normally closed on Monday, giving you a wide range of choices.

For instance, normally both the Akron Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art are closed Mondays, but both will be open with a lineup of special activities. They include hands-on art-making, storytelling and games connected to King’s legacy at the Akron Art Museum from 1-4pm. The Cleveland Museum of Art will be open from 10am-5pm with special activities from 11am-4pm.

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The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage will be open — and free — from 11am-5pm, and while this year it won’t have the stunning special exhibit on the Civil Rights movement, its current special exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews & Medicine in America touches on another aspect of discrimintaion in America. They’ll have music by funk/R&B band On the One and jazz/pop singer Evelyn Wright, craftsfor kids and a panel discussion at 3pm on civil rights, gender and race.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will be open from 10am-5:30pm and will also be free for the day. In addition to its regular attractions, it will have special offerings including screenings of Unite and Selma, educational programs about black musicians, performances on the lobby stage by artists such as the Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word, Tam Tam Magic, Digital Arts High School Steppers, and Marie and Rosetta, and kids activities including “make your own protest sign.”

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