Grand Opening Celebration

Don't miss an unforgettable celebration of the arts and our community, and the beginning of a new era for the Museum.
FREE admission!

  • Beginning at 9:30 a.m., enjoy free coffee, light breakfast (while supplies last), and music by The Millennials Band on Heyman Plaza (entrance)
  • At 10 a.m., participate in an artful and musical grand opening procession animated by hundreds of collage puppets and ornaments designed by New York-based Processional Arts Workshop, created by community members, and led by Florida Atlantic University’s Parliament Sound Pep Band!
  • Immediately following the parade (about 10:30 a.m.), witness the ribbon cutting and opening of the new Norton Museum
  • Be among the first to explore the Museum’s new galleries, special exhibitions, soaring public spaces, sculpture garden, re-installation of the permanent collections, and re-interpreted galleries of the historic 1941 building
  • DIY art activities throughout the day, in the classrooms of the new William Randolph Hearst Education Center, in the Museum gardens, and on Heyman Plaza. Includes drawing from live models, “erased” graphite powder drawing, and making your own mini-map commemorative postcard of the Norton
  • Listen to Norton curators introduce highlights of their collection installations and special exhibitions at Not to be Missed: Curators’ Highlights, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Eat and drink at the elegant and delicious new Restaurant at the Norton and the Coffee Bar. Shop the Store at the Norton
  • View performances throughout the day in the Ruth and Carl Shapiro Great Hall and Stiller Family Foundation Auditorium by Ballet Florida, Palm Beach Atlantic University Student Ensemble, Forest Hill Community High School Chorus, Palm Beach Atlantic University Dancers, Maltz Jupiter Theater Youth Touring Company, BAK Middle School students, and more
  • Enjoy MC and performer Mr. Trombone in the Pamela and Robert B. Goergen Garden, throughout the day
  • Listen to music in the galleries – traditional Chinese music performed on the zheng in the Chinese Collection galleries, and solo harp music performed in the European Collection galleries, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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