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December 2, 2009

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Swing dance the night away at Museum Nights Dec. 10

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Don’t miss a swinging good time at Museum Nights at the Harn Museum of Art from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. The 1930s and 40s-themed old Hollywood evening will transform the museum into the best swing club in town, with visitors enjoying dancing, ice cream and a display of classic cars.

The Florida Swing Dancing Club will be giving lessons and demonstrating classic moves. Visitors may join in the dancing fun, and period dress is encouraged.

Remember times at the soda fountain with ice cream provided by the Sweet Dreams fire truck. Also, local collectors will have their classic cars on display.

Those who become a member of the museum will be entered into a raffle to win vintage items. A year-long university student membership to the museum may be purchased for $25.

Museum Nights is an ongoing program made possible by the generous support of the University of Florida Honors Program and Student Government. The museum would also like to thank the Florida Swing Dancing Club, Sweet Dreams, the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Library Special Collections, Publix Super Markets, Dave Hunkins and Bud Styles for making this event possible.

Museum Nights is held at the Harn Museum of Art the second Thursday of every month. Admission is free. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Founded in 1990, the Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The Harn contributes to an interconnected, international community by integrating the arts and culture into curricula throughout the university’s system of colleges and centers. Its holdings include nearly 7,000 works in five collecting areas: Asian art, African art, photography, modern art of the Americas and Europe, and contemporary art. In addition to rotating installations drawn from its permanent collection, the Harn organizes traveling exhibitions, public lectures, panel discussions, academic symposia and educational programs for adults, students and children. In 2011, the Harn will open the 26,000-square-foot David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, which will feature two levels of galleries, curatorial and conservation space, and a series of outdoor Asian gardens.

The Harn Museum, at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in Gainesville, Fla., is part of the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza, which is also home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is open until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of every month for Museum Nights. The Camellia Court Café is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

Media contact :
Tami Wroath, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Harn Museum of Art
352.392.9826 x116

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