Come join the Guggenheim as the famed museum celebrates its 50th anniversary. On October 21, 2009, the iconic New York City landmark will be offering up a free visit to ring in its half-century in true style. This month marks the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright building design in 1959, and we only wish we could be there, so you New Yorkers better make up for our lack of attendance.
From 10AM to 5:45PM, the museum will feature special film screenings, tours, and an assortment of activities. Check out the Kadinsky exhibit, dubbed “sensational” by the New York Times, the opening of the Deutsche Bank Series by Anish Kapoor, or the one-day-only Harry Winston diamond showcase. Next, take a seat and enjoy one of the many film screenings, including ‘Art, Architecture, and Innovation: Celebrating the Guggenheim Museum’ which will be showing every half hour. Another notable screening is the Winners Video for the Shelter Competition, a joint effort between the Guggenheim and Google which will showcase the work of the winners of the 3D shelter design competition from around the world.
In true millennial fashion, Guggenheim will also be offering a virtual Twitter tour, which is ideal for all of you who can’t get yourself to the museum itself. Between 4:30-5:30, log on to twitter.com/Guggenheim and be a part of the celebration.
For all of you looking for kid-friendly activities, the 50th anniversary party boasts plenty of those; the picture book readings, scavenger hunts and architecture activity guides might just draw in more than the 12 and under crowd.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, the Guggenheim is offering a plethora of freebies to commemorate the day: reusable totes, Guggenheim cookies, a free photo booth opportunity and a prize drawing. Plus, the Empire State building will be featuring a light show on October 21st to celebrate along with the Guggenheim.
Needless to say, New York will be aglow with celebrations-a-plenty, so be sure to stop by if you can.