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Third Thursday @ the MIA-MATISSE MADNESS

Plan ahead for this one. You may have heard that a major Matisse exhibit is coming to the MIA, it's bound to draw big crowds, especially during the day and on weekends. Surprisingly one of the best times to see the special ticketed exhibitions is on Free Third Thursday. The crowds are much smaller than during regular museum hours. The best part is that even if you aren't an MIA member, you can become a member for a day at no cost and see the exhibit for free, plus you get all the member benefits for the day, including the discount in the gift shop. Let's Plan to meet inside the Third Avenue Entrance between 5:45 and 6:15. Look for our sign

Free Third Thursday's are held every month at the MIA.  Each month has a different theme and activities. The neat thing is that there is something for everyone and the whole museum is open to explore. This is very loosely organized, and I emphasize loosely. What works best for FTT is for us to gather in the lobby, look at the activities being offered, then you can either grab  some other members who are interested in the same things and go on your way, or if you decide to go off on your own, no one will be offended. Of course we may even decide to do something as a group. I WILL HANG OUT IN THE 3RD AVENUE LOBBY UNTIL 6:15. I will let the information desk know where we are heading, check with them if you are late.

Third Thursday: Matisse Madness

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Let the artist be your muse!

GET INSPIRED to “draw with scissors” à la Matisse.
MAKE a colorblock-collage masterpiece that’s très Henri.
PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS? Enjoy casual French lessons in the galleries.
SNAP a selfie with Matisse in the MIA photobooth.
KICK BACK to live music with a jazz influence.
EMBRACE your inner avant-garde Fauve.

FREE; refreshments for sale.

Besides the activities listed above, there are always tours of the special exhibits we can join in on. On several occasions we have had so many people we had our own little group or groups.


Matisse: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art

Spanning six decades of Matisse’s prolific career, with an emphasis on the artist’s earliest works, this special exhibition features 50 works of painting and sculpture, 30 prints, and the artist’s book Jazz.

Most of the artworks are drawn from the legendary Cone Collection, assembled by two Baltimore sisters–Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone–with an unrivaled passion for modernism and Matisse.

Being the party animals that we are, (not) we generally head over to Little Tijuana afterwards where some masterworks have been created by our members with crayons on the paper tablecloths. Join us and make your own. The food is good and very reasonably priced.

On street parking is available if you get there early enough, otherwise there is parking in the ramp or one of the lots for a fee. Be sure to be aware of snow emergency parking regulations.

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  • bnnbond

    Thanks Linda!!

    March 23, 2014

  • Teresa D

    Sorry I couldn't go with the group this time. I happened to be working in the vicinity, but I had an appointment that evening so I had to race through quickly. Worth returning to see again.

    March 23, 2014

  • Cathy K

    Wonderful exhibit. I also was there a little earlier than the group.

    March 21, 2014

  • Chris P.

    another great meet up!

    March 20, 2014

  • Susan N

    I ended up going just a little early. Hope you all enjoyed it.

    March 20, 2014

  • Jerry D C.

    Meeting more neat people in a wonderful museum

    March 20, 2014

  • Tammi

    Running late.

    March 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am ill. I am so disappointed to miss this.

      March 20, 2014

  • Sandra

    Might not make it-appointment running late!

    March 20, 2014

  • Bonnie

    Have to miss it....I have a bad cold.

    March 20, 2014

  • Linda B.

    Some helpful hints for Matisse Madness. Get there early if you can. If you are not an MIA member, you will need to get a Member for a. Day pass. Everyone will need to pick up tickets and choose an entry time to the exhibit. Because there are so many of us attending, it will be necessary to stagger our times. Keep in mind that the MIA now charges for parking in the ramps and lots. There is on street parking, be sure to note any signs regarding snow emergency and time restrictions. Most importantly remember that Free Third Thursdays are very loosely organized. While I am sure there will be tours, there isn't a private tour for our group. We are gathering in the Third Avenue entrance. Everyone is free to do there own thing. Have a good time.

    March 20, 2014

  • Jane

    I am sorry and greatly disappointed that I won't be able to make it tonight to MIA, I slipped on the ice last night and hurt my ankle.

    March 20, 2014

  • Khan Noonien S.

    Love art.

    March 19, 2014

  • Brian

    I'm looking forward to seeing some great art.

    March 19, 2014

  • Maya

    I'll be late. How do I find you?

    March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this!

    March 16, 2014

  • Jane

    I am looking forward to this event. Yeah!

    March 15, 2014

  • Marcie S.

    Looking forward to attending!

    March 14, 2014

  • DeLia C.

    I have a ' mandatory ' staff meeting that evening. Rats!!

    March 14, 2014

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