MCALLEN INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM Overview
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1900 Nolana Ave
Programs: The museum's major operating programs include education programs, cultural events, rotating special exhibitions, as well as over 8,000 items its permanent collections. Some of the collection is comprised of African Art, 16th to 18th Century European paintings, a Pablo Picasso collection, a Pop Art Collection, and a variety of rocks, minerals, and scientific specimens. The museum displays world-class exhibits and collections. Many of the exhibitions are from the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibitions Service. Most other exhibits are developed by our Curatorial Department that considers international artists, science foundations, and private collectors. Some examples of recent exhibitions include "Icons" Stained Glass Windows by Lamb studios and Louis Comfort Tiffany, "Moving Metal" exploring the history and art of the motorcycle from 1913 to 2007, "Torture Instruments through the Ages" on loan from the Museo de Toscana in Italy and created by human rights organizations to promote cultural diversity, tolerance and compassion. There is also a gallery set aside for contemporary, living artists. The museum offers adult, family and children's education programs that explore various methods of art making, history, science. One of its most popular cultural events, held quarterly, is the "Stars Party" where visitors can look through telescopes and observe planets, stars, and comets. The museum tours K-12 school groups daily, at approximately 13,000-19,000 youth per year. The facilities include a newly built artist's studio, a family art center, a family science center, and a Children's Discovery Pavilion where children can learn about art and science through hands on exhibits. The museum has approximately 50,000 square feet of galleries and public access areas. IMAS receives about 80,000 visitors annually. Beneficiaries include the City of McAllen, the McAllen Public Utilities Board, private donors, various banks, corporations, and foundations including the Region One Texas Education Agency. The museum is fully accredited by the AAM (American Association of Museums), and is 1 of 104 Smithsonian Affiliate Institutions in the world. Thanks to a gift from the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, IMAS offers a free general admission program to the public every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.