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Holiday Fun Continues at the Detroit Institute of Arts Special Hours for Activities to Entertain All Ages

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

(Detroit) —Holiday fun doesn’t have to end after the last gift has been unwrapped. Continue to celebrate at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Special activities will provide something to do while the children are out of school and guests are in from out of town.

The museum will be open the day after Christmas on Friday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.; and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

PuppetART’s Kolobok show takes place daily from Friday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 28. It’s a Russian story about an elderly childless couple who bake themselves a Butterball boy. PuppetART’s troupe tells this story through two innocent forest creatures and an array of exciting floor puppets, a magical forest and music.

A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories takes place Monday, Dec. 29 through Wednesday, Dec. 31. The play explores the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh as he hums his way through the Hundred Aker Woods. Well-loved stories will include the time Pooh eats too much honey and gets stuck in Rabbit’s door, and when little Piglet falls on the balloon he is hurrying to take to Eeyore.

Kolobok and A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories both begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $2 for ages two and up in addition to general admission. (General admission is free for children ages five and under.)

And don’t miss musical performances by Gratitude Steel Band at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26. The group has traveled the United States and overseas, playing and singing Caribbean, Jazz, Latin American, and African music. Join in the fun, celebrate the holidays, and enjoy the music of the steel drum with this family of island music masters.

Opening Dec. 26 is Master Pieces: Chess Sets from the Dr. George and Vivian Dean Collection. Their world-renown collection will be on display at the DIA until May 17, 2009. Master Pieces includes more than two dozen exquisite sets ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. The exhibition is free with museum admission.

Other exhibitions on display include Monet to Dali: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Jane Hammond: Paper Work.

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

Regular Hours and Admission:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $4 for youth ages 6-17. DIA members are admitted free. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the website at


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA),located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is one of the premier art museums in the United States and 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.

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

Shekini Jennings  (313) 494-5242
Pamela Marcil      (313) 833-7899