Thursday January 10, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center announces expanded hours and new services for visitors. BMAC will now be open on Wednesdays, later on Fridays, and earlier on Saturdays, increasing its open hours by 30 percent.

On Fridays, BMAC will stay open until 7 p.m., making it easier for visitors to combine a museum visit with dinner or a movie. From 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a cash bar at the museum, with wine and beer provided by Windham Wines. On Saturdays, BMAC will open at 10 a.m. Previously closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, BMAC will now be open on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning Jan. 23, guided tours will be offered every Wednesday at noon and 4 p.m.

As in the past, BMAC will continue to anchor Brattleboro’s popular monthly Gallery Walk. The first Friday of each month, BMAC will remain open until 8:30 p.m., with free admission after 5:30 p.m. The cash bar by Windham Wines will also remain open until 8:30 p.m. BMAC will present free film screenings after every Gallery Walk. Screenings will take place at 8:30 p.m. in the Center Gallery.

According to BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld, the expanded hours are part of an initiative under way at BMAC to make the museum a more attractive destination for visitors from throughout New England as well as the Brattleboro area.

"Our exhibits showcase world-class artwork in a terrific small-town setting," says Lichtenfeld.


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"We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for people to visit us and then go take advantage of everything downtown Brattleboro has to offer."

Lichtenfeld points out that the area immediately surrounding the museum has been significantly enhanced in the past year, with the creation of a small riverfront park, the opening of the Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery and new Brattleboro Food Co-op, and additional parking nearby.

The museum’s exhibits and gift shop are open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students. Members and children under 6 are admitted free.

Located in historic Union Station at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.