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Extended Thursday Evening Hours at Toledo Museum of Art
 Offer Early Start to Weekend

TOLEDO, OHIO–Beginning July 11, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will offer extended Thursday evening hours, experimental programs and Museum Café selections as part of a realignment of its hours to better serve working adults.

     All main Museum and Glass Pavilion galleries will be open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., an additional five hours. The new hours are designed to increase accessibility for visitors with different schedules and to enable the Museum to experiment with diverse programming options for those looking to start the weekend a bit earlier.

     The change was inspired both by the popularity of the weekly program It’s Friday! which offers late hours and festive programs, and by conversations with members of TMA’s Circle 2445, which aims to attract visitors ages 24–45 to the Museum.

     “Extending evening hours on Thursday makes a lot of sense,” said Circle 2445 chair Dustin Hostetler. “Many working adults already have a busy social calendar, and offering extra hours makes the Museum and its programming more accessible to that demographic.”

     Proposed events include eclectic café menus including a sushi bar, music and drinks, as well as programs such as art films and poetry slams. Descriptions of events planned can be found at www.toledomuseum.org/calendar.

     Now in its 10th year, with the support of Fifth Third Bank, It’s Friday! will continue its popular programming of live music, wine tastings, extended Family Center hours, special lectures, public tours and glassblowing demonstrations. Friday hours will also be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning in July.

     Starting July 1, TMA hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. While the Museum will close one hour earlier on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the new hours represent an overall increase of two hours per week. The Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays, including July 4. Hours are also listed on the TMA home page, calendar and mobile app.

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Note: For more information contact Teri Sharp, public relations manager, at 419-254-5082 or tsharp@toledomuseum.org.

The Toledo Museum of Art is a nonprofit arts institution funded through individual donations, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and investments.  The Ohio Arts Council helps fund programs at the Toledo Museum of Art through a sustainability grant program that encourages economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Glass Pavilion® and Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion® are registered service marks.

Admission to the Museum is free.  During June the Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.;  Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays. Beginning July 1, the Museum will be open from Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday evening hours are made possible by Fifth Third Bank.

The Museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue, just west of the downtown business district and one block off I-75 with exit designations posted.  For general information, visitors can call 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, or visit toledomuseum.org.

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