The Davis Museum Launches a Summer Film Series in Which Museums Play a Leading Role

June 28, 2016
Crowd watches a film in the Davis Museum plaza.

A museum can be its own, self-contained world, with both a very public face and areas where few are permitted. Its contents can cover massive spans of time, topics, and cultures—and can be controversial as easily as they are cherished. It is no surprise that screenwriters and directors often choose museums as ideal backdrops for stories just as diverse as their setting.

Following the final days of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer exhibition (on view through June 26), the Davis will close for the summer to complete the reinstallation of the permanent collections to be unveiled in the fall. During the summer, guests are invited to enjoy the Museum in another way—with an outdoor film series of some of the most fun museum-centric movies:

June 30: Night at the Museum (2006, Directed by Shawn Levy)

July 14: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986, Directed by John Hughes)

July 28: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Directed by Stephen Spielberg)

August 11: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief (2010, Based on the novel by Rick Riordan)

Guests are invited to bring a chair or blanket and claim a spot on the Davis Plaza beginning at 7:00 PM. Movies will begin at dusk. Admission and popcorn are complimentary. Ice cream and beer will be available for purchase.

The summer series will be a light-hearted precursor to the Davis' more exploratory fall Museums in Motion series, which will delve into the secret lives of some of the world's most revered museums. Watch for more information online in the fall, or join our mailing list to receive the Arts and Culture at Wellesley Calendar this August for details on fall programs.