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August 17, 2002

Puget Sound Museums Remember September 11

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Nineteen local museums and cultural attractions offer free admission and extend public hours to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 11, 2002 to provide the Puget Sound community with public venues for contemplation, free expression, and community spirit on this important anniversary.

In response to the American Association of Museum's encouragement of cultural institutions to come together in acknowledging the anniversary of Sept. 11th, nineteen local museums and attractions have formed a consortium to remember the tragic events of last fall, providing the community with venues for collective remembrance. Participants in the Puget Sound Museums Remember consortium offer free admission all day on Wednesday, September 11, and extend their open public hours to 8:00 pm.

The goals of this cooperative recognition of last year's terrorist events are simple: to provide the community with neutral venues for reflection and contemplation; to reassert the role of the museum as an active part of the reflective process and as an important champion of free expression and cross-cultural understanding; to invite families and individuals to recall Sept. 11th, their own loss, and the future of our community by visiting institutions that value cultural, personal, and expressive freedoms.

As part of Museums Remember, all participating institutions offer their visitors free admission and extended hours* (until 8pm) on Wednesday Sept. 11th. Many of the participating institutions also offer special programming and activities throughout the weekend ending Sept. 15th. A schedule of these programs and events is forthcoming. Details on events at each of the following venues can be found on their websites. A schedule of these programs and events will be released the week of August 19.

Puget Sound Museums Remember consortium participants (as of 8/12):

Bainbridge Island Historical Society Museum
Bellevue Art Museum
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Center on Contemporary Art
Experience Music Project
Frye Art Museum
Henry Art Gallery
Kitsap County Historical Museum
Museum of History and Industry
Museum of Flight
Museum of Glass*
Nordic Heritage Museum
Pacific Science Center**
Renton Historical Museum
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Tacoma Art Museum
Washington State History Museum
Wing Luke Asian Museum

*The Museum of Glass is not offering extended hours. Free admission will be offered only to military, fire or police personnel (with ID) and accompanying family members. The Pacific Science Center will maintain regular public hours on September 11

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(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274
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