Beginning July 11, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will offer extended Thursday evening hours, experimental programs and Museum CafÃ 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 "Itâ??s Friday!" which offers late hours and festive programs, and by conversations with members of TMAâ??s Circle 2445, which aims to attract visitors ages 24â??45 to the Museum.
â??Extending evening hours on Thursday makes a lot of sense,â?? said Circle 2445 chair Dustin Hostetler. â??Many working adults already have a busy social calendar, and offering extra hours makes the Museum and its programming more accessible to that demographic.â??
Proposed events include eclectic cafÃ 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 the website.
Itâ??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. Though the Museum will close one hour earlier on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the new hours 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.