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Art Museum Day and Third Saturday for Families:
Art is 100
Anniversary Finger Puppets
Saturday, May 17 | 1-4 pm

The UMFA will celebrate the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) fifth annual Art Museum Day with free admission to the galleries throughout the day and our Third Saturday family art-making program in the afternoon. The University of Utah and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts have been collecting and exhibiting portraits for 100 years. During this free Third Saturday event, families will use portraits of fantastic people and their costumes as inspiration for puppets. Each participant will make two different characters from the Museum to help the paintings "walk and talk" and tell their stories. Funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Program (ZAP).

Art Museum Day, held in conjunction with International Museum Day, emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD's 240 member museums. Visitors are invited to share their experiences on Art Museum Day via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.


Free First Wednesday

Thanks to Salt Lake County taxpayers, the ZAP (Zoo, Arts and Parks) Fund enables us to open our doors to Utah residents free of charge on the first Wednesday of each month. First Wednesdays offer free general museum admission only; special ticketed exhibitions not included.


Free Third Saturday

Thanks to Salt Lake County taxpayers, the ZAP (Zoo, Arts and Parks) Fund enables us to open our doors to Utah residents free of charge on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month. This offer is for free general museum admission (special ticketed exhibitions are not included). In addition to free general admission, the UMFA also hosts a free art studio program for families every third Saturday from 1-4 pm. For more information, visit the Calendar & Events page.


Free for UMFA Members

UMFA members always enjoy free general admission. Learn more about the UMFA membership program today. Information is available at the Visitor’s Desk in the lobby or you can call 801.585.0464. Special ticketed exhibitions may not be included.


Free for Military Families

The UMFA is pleased to recognize active duty military personnel and their immediate family members by providing them with free general admission.  This program is available to any bearer of a military ID who is an active member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve. Some special or limited-time museum exhibitions may not be included in this free admission program.




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Thanks to the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Fund, the UMFA is able to offer free First Wednesdays and Third Saturdays each month.












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