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Week Between Christmas and New Years at The Detroit Institute of Arts Brings Special Holiday Activities for All Ages

Friday, December 21, 2007



December 20, 2007 (Detroit) — In the few weeks since the new Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) opened last month, more than 109,000 people have visited the museum to experience one of the best collections in the country, enjoy its many ongoing activities, and shop for the holidays. December brings more excitement with special holiday programs during the week between Christmas and New Years.


There’s still time for holiday shopping. DIA memberships are a hot commodity. More than 1,600 have been purchased since last month’s Gala. The new membership cards are attractively packaged and ready to place in a stocking or under the tree. As an added bonus, through the end of the year memberships can be purchased for $10 off the usual price of $65 for individuals, $60 for seniors, $80 for companion, and $110 for family plus.


And, don’t forget to visit the Museum Shop for last-minute holiday purchases where ornaments and a variety of special gifts are available including jewelry, calendars, books, and toys.


Holiday activities provide something to do while the children are out of school and guests are in from out of town. “The Day it Snowed Tortillas” puppet show takes place daily from Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Friday, Dec. 28.  Ann Arbor’s Wild Swan Theater presents “Stregna Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot” takes place daily from Saturday, Dec. 29, through Monday, Dec. 31. Both holiday performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is $2 for anyone ages two and up.


Drop-in workshops, gallery talks, and drawing in the galleries also take place throughout the week. See the museum website at for a full list of holiday week activities.


Hours and Admission

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Special for the holiday week, the museum is also open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for Senior Citizens and $4 for children ages 6-17. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.


Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.



The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range and depth.



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