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This month  kicks off a new year of support for museums around the country by Bank of America. New on the list for Massachusetts is the Ecotarium in Worcester.

If you’ve got a Bank of America checking account, ATM or credit card then you have a free pass (general admission only) to a selection of museums around the country on the first weekend of every month through the Museums on Us program. Please take a photo ID with you, some museums may request it before letting you enter.

On May 2nd & 3rd you can visit these museums in and around Boston for free by showing your Bank of America card or check:

What you can expect to see:

Museum of Fine Arts(Boston)
Note: Titan, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice is a ticketed exhibit and is not covered by Museums On Us.

Concluding its run May 3, 2009: SMFA Traveling Scholars
This exhibit presents the work of seven recipients of the 2007 Traveling Scholarship Awards given each year by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Ongoing exhibits include:

  • Splendor and Elegance:  European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection – through May 17
  • Photographic Figures – through May 10
  • Visions of Kyoto – through May 30
  • Showa Sophistication: Japan in the 1930s
  • “And so to Bed”: Indian Bed Curtains from a Stately English Home
  • Gentlemen of Suzhou
  • Celebrating Kyoto: Modern Arts from Boston’s Sister City
  • Preserving History, Making History: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • RSVP: Jim Lambie
  • Mad on Color: Paintings of Nineteenth-Century Venice

Harvard Museum of Natural History (Cambridge)
In addition to several permanent exhibits and The Glass Flowers exhibit you will see:

  • The Language of Color (through Sept 6, 2009) is and exhibit about color and its evolution in the natural world.
  • Climate Change: Our Global Experiment
  • Dodo, Trilobites & Meteorites…Treasures of Nature and Science at Harvard.

Decodova Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln)
Running through May 17, 2009:

  • Carlson/Strom: New Performance Video
  • Tabitha Vevers: Narrative Bodies
  • Collection Highlight: Harold Tovish
  • Face to Face: Challenging traditional portraiture


  • Cal Lane: Crude
  • Power Structures (Photography)
  • PIXNIT: Folie que la nouveaté, 2008
  • Sculpture Park

Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham)
Concluding its run on May 3, 2009:

  • In the Children’s Gallery – Listen to the Wind, The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea (Susan L. Roth)
  • Robert Alter: La Defense

Currently on exhibit:

  • Abelardo Morell: Continental Drift – through May 14
  • Material Drawing – Audrey Goldstein, Michelle Samour, Julia Shepley, Debra Weisberg –  through May 17
  • Deborah Davidson: Recent Paintings –  through May 17
  • Mary Oestereicher Hamill – regardregard: project china, chinatown –  through May 17
  • Meta Warrick Fuller: Sculptures from the Studio –  through May 17
  • Leo Michelson: Selected Portraits –  through May 24


  • Animal Imagery in Native American Art: Objects from the ARTER Collection
  • Pueblo Katsina Gallery

Ecotarium (Worcester)

In addition to the walking trails available for exploration, the animals that live there, and the permanent exhibits, you can see these special exhibits:

  • SmartArt: Exploring Science & Art
  • The Zula Patrol
  • Secrets of the Forest

For more info: Museums on Us

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