General admission for children 17 years and under is always free


Frank Hatch Free Day

Sounds of Blue

Monday, September 4, 2017
11 am - 5 pm
Throughout the Museum

Join us for Frank Hatch Free Day, a Museum tradition since 2003. Enjoy a day of free art, music, and family fun with hands-on making in the Studio, activities in the galleries, performances in Calderwood Hall and the Courtyard. Admission is free but limited to Museum capacity. Check in at the Admissions Desk upon arrival.

This year Frank Hatch Free Day coincides with the last day of our special exhibition Listen Hear: the Art of Sound. Our theme for the afternoon is Sounds of Blue, co-produced with local culture maker Adebukola Ajao of BDY Consult.

Programming for the day will feature a fashion showcase by Boston designers Josefa Da Silva, Provida Fashions, and Nathalia JMag in Calderwood Hall, Hostetter Gallery, the historic Palace, and the Jordan Garden. Try your hand at natural dying techniques in the Bertucci Education Studio, and enjoy Latin jazz by the Edmar Colón Trio in the Courtyard.


Free admission will be available at the Museum entrance on Monday, September 4 starting at 11 am, on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • To ensure everyone’s experience at the Museum is pleasant, entry is timed every 30 minutes beginning at 11 am, with the last entry at 4 pm.
  • Due to capacity regulations, the Museum may only admit a specific number of visitors at once. For your safety and the safety of the collection, visitors may be asked to wait in line to enter.
  • Admission includes access to the entire Museum, including special exhibitions.

Frank Hatch Free Day is held annually in honor of Francis “Frank” Hatch (1925-2010), longtime Gardner Museum trustee, community advocate, and supporter of the arts and culture in the city. This program is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.