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I am not an art lover by any means, but recently went to the Norton on a Thursday night. It is the only night they are open late. We saw the special exhibit (forgot the name) with costumes and props from TV and movies such as Star Wars, Wizard of Oz (wicked witch of the west's hat - my favorite!).
One Thursday a month (I believe, or maybe it's every week - do check) they stay open late and offer "Art After Dark". I HIGHLY recommend this. It is not crowded, and you get more for the same entry fee. All exhibits, special and museum-owned. In addition, each Art After Dark has extras... Live music, special dining options (yes, there is an eatery but it is VERY expensive for what they serve!! I think I paid 4 dollars for a small glass bottle of Sprite for my daughter). Each evening is different so check their site for details. They have special events and crafts for kids, special learning opportunities - the night we went there were a couple of magicians/illusionists that were very good... We're still scratching our heads! This makes it MUCH more enjoyable for young ones (and old ones) that find wandering a museum to view art simply not enough to keep them engaged.
We probably stayed an hour and a half, saw the exhibits, watched the illusionists (twice), overpaid for a Sprite, could not afford the food (went to JS Subs after!), sat in on the band for a few minutes and had a much more interesting Thursday evening than we would have staying home. And when you see the Picasso sculpture on the column, don't back into it and try go knock it off like I did!! ;-)
Also, they did not allow photography in the special exhibits (which was KILLING me, I wanted to take pics of the Wicked Witch of the West's hat SOOO badly!). I was happy to take photos in the regular art gallery, but the museum staff made certain no one took photos elsewhere. Seemed a bit odd as they did not explain this policy as we entered, I had to get stopped shooting Darth Vader's costume by a man in black (hmmm) who I likened to Secret Service due to his dress and ear phone.
There are 3 stories to this museum and it has been newly renovated. Some of the areas were closed during my visit but they are now open with all items back on display for everyone to enjoy. It is very popular with schools for field trips and, of course, the construction man is a favorite of all locals (who know exactly what I mean - he's been there since I was a little kid!).
OH, and it was 10 dollars for adults and my children were both free, as students. I like free!! :-)
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