Real Good For Free: Free Fun Fridays

(left) Thomas Hill: Yosemite Valley and Egyptian cartonnage @ The Berkshire Museum
(left) Thomas Hill: Yosemite Valley and (right) Egyptian cartonnage, two of the works in the Objectify exhibiton @ The Berkshire Museum

Bored and broke? There’s three weeks left of Free Fun Fridays, the annual summer program that funds one-day free admission at many of the cultural venues in Massachusetts. The program started June 28 and will run through August 30, with six different cultural venues scheduled every Friday. Over the past four years, more than half-a-million visitors have enjoyed Free Fun Fridays, instituted in 2008 by The Highland Street Foundation to enable everyone to afford Massachusetts’ wealth of cultural attractions. No registration or tickets are required to attend and all activities are free of charge.

Tomorrow (Friday, August 16) you can explore The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, which offers an array of exhibitions ranging from fine art and natural science to history, as well as an aquarium and the interactive Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. Currently on view is PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material, a new exhibition that features contemporary works of art by more than 35 artists, all made from paper, as well as an array of objects and artifacts that show the uses of paper in industry, science, fashion, and technology. Also on view is Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection, a major exhibition of some of the most significant objects from the Museum’s holdings of more than 50,000 artworks, specimens, and artifacts.

Next week, The Clark in Williamstown offers free admission to its current shows: Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History and George Inness: Gifts from Frank and Katherine Martucci, as well as Clark Remix and Clark Classic. Also scheduled are a host of family-friendly activities including a wandering puppeteer, face painting, a movie showing, and a variety of games like giant Twister, sack races, musical chairs, lawn chess, and hula hoops. Families can also build fairy houses along the Nan and Howard Paths, and Oh My!, the Kidspace exhibition at Stone Hill Center, will also be open.

Here’s the upcoming Free Fun Fridays schedule for our neck of the woods:

Friday, August 16: The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
Friday, August 23: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Friday, August 30; The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge and The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox.

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