By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Museum of Art is joining art museums around the world in a special observance today.

If you haven’t visited the Art Museum lately, or were planning a trip sometime soon, this may be the day.

Gail Harrity, the museum’s president and chief operating officer, says today is International Museums Day.

“We’re celebrating by opening the museum to the public for free for the entire day from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.”

Harrity says the observance is dedicated to promoting the great value of art and art museums to the community.

She says the hope here in Philadelphia is to, “build awareness of the essential role that art can play to enhance the lives of people in the community and to educate our young and to enjoy life.”

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