For one day each summer, Birmingham’s cultural attractions open their doors to members from other participating organizations. Member Day 2012, set for July 21st, is an opportunity for Birmingham families to visit the Museum of Art using their Zoo Membership or the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame using a McWane Membership and so on. One valid membership card and/or postcard invitation admits 2 adults and up to 4 children into every participating venue. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to visit an attraction (for free) and explore something new. The day is a well organized introduction to the arts and cultural institutions in Birmingham and an example of support and coordination of 17 local groups.
Participating attractions and groups: Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Alabama Ballet, Barber Motorsports Museum, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Museum of Art, Scrollworks, Birmingham History Center, Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham Zoo, Embellishments Handbell Ensemble, McWane Science Center, Red Mountain Theatre, Birmingham Public Library, Southern Museum of Flight and Vulcan Museum.
Schedule of Events for Member Day 2012:
10:30am – 11:15am – Birmingham Museum of Art Activity at the Birmingham Public Library
11am – 11:30am – Red Mountain Theatre performs portions from Legally Blonde at the McWane Science Center
11:30am – 12 noon – Beyond Barbecue and Baklava: The impact of Greek immigrants on Birmingham Culture and Cuisine — a presentation at Vulcan Park & Museum
12noon – 12:30pm – Alabama Ballet performance at the Birmingham History Center
12:30pm – 1pm – Scrollworks performance at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
1pm – 1:45pm – McWane Science Center presents Three Ring Science at the Alabama Sports Hall of Famem
1:30pm – 2pm – Birmingham Botanical Gardens activity at the Southern Museum of Flight
2pm – 2:45 – Embellishments Handbell Ensemble performance at the Barber Motorsports Museum
2:30pm – 3pm – Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival Children’s Short Film Festival presentation at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
3pm – 3:30pm – Birmingham Children’s Theatre performs selections from The Frog Prince at the Birmingham Museum of Art
3pm – 3:30pm – Animal Wild Life Show at the Birmingham Zoo