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Norton Museum of Art is free

Posted at 11:16 AM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2018-07-01 12:50:10-04

After weeks of preparing for major construction and reinstalling galleries, the Norton Museum of Art has reopened with free admission and new summer programs.

Free admission is available to all until late 2018 when the New Norton scheduled is scheduled to open.

Currently, the previous entrance and south side parking lot are closed due to construction.  Visitors can enter through the original 1941 entrance on the east side of the building.  A free shuttle service is available to those who park in the lot across Dixie Highway to the west side of the museum.

The Norton is undergoing a massive renovation.  It will restore the entrance to its original 1941 "east-west axis," according to the museum.  The 42,000-square-foot West Wing will serve in multiple capacities including as educational, dining, theater and gallery space.  A new garden will also be constructed.

The museum is offering free admission to all prior to the grand reopening.  Fresh exhibits continue to be shown in addition to permanent collections. 

This summer, a large-scale video installation called “Giverny: Journal of an Unseen Garden” is on display.  It shows underwater views by artist Mark Fox, showcasing the changing light and seasons in artist Claude Monet’s iconic lily ponds. 

You can also revisit several of the Norton’s collections with pieces displayed this summer visitors might not have enjoyed during previous visits.  They include works by Jackson Pollock, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cezanne and Edgar Degas. 

The Art After Dark series on Thursday evenings continues.  Each event includes a fresh mix of art-themed entertainment, food and drink.  Thursday, July 14, 2016 Art After Dark will focus on the Bastille Day celebration with music, French food, wine, language classes and en plein air painting demonstrations. 

Summer programs for children and adults continue.  Details can be found at

For a full schedule and more details on summer programs, visit

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