Originally created 05/15/98

Augusta museums to come together for special day



If you've meant to check out Augusta's array of museums but haven't gotten around to it, make some room on your schedule Sunday afternoon.

That's when eight of the city's major museums will put aside the usual competitive fires and open their doors -- some offering free or discounted admission -- in observation of International Museum Day.

"The public tends to forget us," said Vicki Proefrock, director of education for the Augusta-Richmond County Museum. "This will be a good time to see what we have to offer."

Two streetcars will offer free rides in 20- to 30-minute intervals among the downtown museums. The two trolleys will run in opposite directions, said Ms. Proefrock.

This is the first year Augusta's museums have come together in an effort to promote the day and themselves collectively, said Ms. Proefrock.Here is a breakdown of what participating museums in Augusta are offering Sunday:

  • The Augusta-Richmond County Museum, 560 Reynolds St. Colonial re-enactors, including musicians, stitchers, spinners, candle-makers and a frontier Indian trader, will be on the grounds and roaming through the galleries demonstrating and discussing Colonial-era life. The film The Founding of Georgia will be shown continuously in the museum's history theater. Admission is half price; $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. Call 722-8454.
  • The Ezekiel Harris House, 1822 Broad St., will offer tours of the residence built by a prominent tobacco merchant in 1797. Living history participants will demonstrate loom spinning and weaving, and a hammered dulcimer player will play tunes in the parlor. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and 50 cents for children under 18. Call 737-2820.
  • A preview of the Highlights of Augusta's Ebony Legacy exhibit, which officially opens Thursday, will be offered at The Lucy Craft Laney Museum, 1116 Phillips St. The exhibition highlights the work, collections and memorabilia of blacks with Augusta-area ties, including Beau Jack, a boxer from the 1950s. Admission Sunday is $2 for adults and 75 cents for children. Call 724-3576.
  • Meadow Garden, the home of Declaration of Independence signer George Walton, located at 1320 Independence Drive, will offer half-price guided tours of the historic house and gardens. Admission Sunday is $1.50 for adults and 50 cents for children. Call 724-4174.
  • The tradition of free admission on Sundays continues at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St. The museum will provide tours of its collection of Southern art at 2 and 4 p.m., and docents will be available to answer questions. Call 724-7501.
  • Science demonstrations, interactive exhibits, indoor lightning storms and a journey through the science of communications in the Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater will be featured at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St. Usual admission prices -- $8 for adults, $6 for children, plus an additional $3 theater charge -- are in effect. Call 821-0200.
  • LeAnne Brown demonstrates the art of spinning cotton on a loom at the Historic Cotton Exchange Museum at the corner of Eighth and Reynolds streets. Admission is free. Call 724-4067 for more information.
  • The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St., is sponsoring hands-on art projects aimed at children and their parents on the institute's grounds. If it rains, the activities will be moved indoors. Walking tours of the building and a viewing of Lanny Webb's exhibit of digitally enhanced photographs will be featured.
  • Donations for admission are optional. Call 722-5495.