Willamette's Hallie Ford Museum of Art offers free admission May 18

by University Communications,

Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art, in partnership with the Historic Deepwood Estate, is celebrating International Museum Day with free admission on May 18.

Established in 1977, International Museum Day is organized annually by the International Council of Museums. Its purpose is to increase public awareness of the role museums play in the development of society.

This year’s theme is “Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change.” Through the event, museums are hoping to increase awareness of their role as institutions — which includes displaying and protecting heritage in creative ways.

Last year 32,000 museums in more than 129 countries participated in this event.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is Oregon’s third largest art museum and features works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists. It also includes a diverse collection of traditional European, American and Asian art and artifacts that date from antiquity.

Located at 700 State St., the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Historic Deepwood Estate is an 1894 Queen Anne Victorian home situated on about four acres of manicured gardens and nature trails. The home at 1116 Mission St. SE was placed on the National Register of Historic Homes in 1973. Free tours are offered every half hour between 9 a.m. and noon.