Janice Goodrow at jgoodrow [at] fitchburgartmuseum [dot] org (jgoodrow [at] fitchburgartmuseum [dot] org)
Night at the Museum to celebrate Peter Timms’ accomplishments as the Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum
FITCHBURG, MA—Ben Stiller would be proud if he could see the plans for this “Night at the Museum,” scheduled for November 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at the Fitchburg Art Museum, being held to say good-bye New England’s longest standing museum director. Actors will bring masterpieces from the Museum’s collection alive and tell stories about who made them and why they are important. It gets even better when Peter’s infamous son, Matt Timms, brings his nationally-known “Chili Takedown” experience to Fitchburg. Twelve local people have volunteered to make gallons of their unique chili recipes to share with the public. You will not find a better script for celebrating this special night full of fun, friends, well wishers, food, and family -- all of which honors the extraordinary contributions Peter Timms has made as the Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum for nearly 40 years.
The Peter Timms’ story is a plot full of adventure, imagination, and amazing success. He led the Museum to its first accreditation; built the collection from one thousand to threethousand objects including major works by Copley, Hassam, O’Keeffe, Steglitz, and classical antiquities; increased the operating endowment exponentially; created the largest corporate support program in New England; enlarged the physicalplant from a single building of three galleries to a three-building, twelve-gallery complex; and championed the development of the unique MuseumPartnership School that inspired many Fitchburg youth.
With chili, beer, and a live mummy, “The Night at the Museum” will honor Peter’s legacy as an important regional leader in the arts and education, whose vision turned a small city gallery space into a nationally-recognized cultural institution.
The "Night at the Museum" event costs $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. To RSVP contact Janice Goodrow at jgoodrow [at] fitchburgartmuseum [dot] org (jgoodrow [at] fitchburgartmuseum [dot] org)
About the Fitchburg Art Museum The Fitchburg Art Museum, North Central Massachusetts’ oldest and most treasured cultural institution, is a family-friendly art museum with a permanent collection spanning 5,000 years. Visitors can experience a wealth of masterpieces in 12 galleries that feature American, European, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian, and Pre-Colombian art. Award-winning educational programs inspire all to learn about the importance of world cultures, art history, and contemporary life. The Museum was founded in 1925 through a bequest of artist, collector, educator and Fitchburg native Eleanor Norcross (1854-1923).
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday 12-4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.