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Shawnee art museum to offer free admission through August

Donors are making free admission possible this summer at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee.
BY MABEE-GERRER MUSEUM OF ART Published: June 30, 2012

Admission is free to the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art through August, thanks to Ad Astra Foundation, BancFirst, Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, and St. Gregory's Abbey.

“These generous donors understand the importance of making fun, educational activities available for families in these difficult economic times,” museum director Dane Pollei said.

Pollei said the museum serves nearly 30,000 people per year.

“It's always 70 degrees inside the museum, so it's one of the best places to cool off in the Oklahoma heat,” he said.

“For the last two summers, we tripled the number of visitors during our free admission time compared to previous summers. This was a motivating factor in the donors being willing to donate a third year. They saw the need and wanted to fill it,” museum development director Tonya Ricks said.

The museum is one of the oldest museums in Oklahoma with a uniquely broad art collection spanning 8,000 years of human history. The Egyptian collection is one of the finest in the region, and the medieval and Renaissance collections are also unique.

The museum also features collections of American Indian, African, Asian and European art, as well as 19th and 20th century American art.

A special exhibition, “Creatures of the World: Animals in Art” runs from July 14 until Aug. 26.

The museum is at 1900 W MacArthur St. on the campus of St. Gregory's University in Shawnee. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.

For more information, call 878-5300, or go to


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