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Joliet museum open for free on MLK Day

“Our Community, Your Experience” exhibit held over for one last day

Autumn Sky Collier stands with Timothy Baran of Joliet in the Joliet Area Historical Museum as he admires her artwork and asks questions about it. Autumn's piece will remain with the the Joliet Focus “Our Community, Your Experience” exhibit at the museum until the exhibit ends on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.

The Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will not charge admission in honor of the holiday.

Those who go to the museum will be able to see the “Our Community, Your Experience” exhibit, which includes the work of local Black artists, on its last day on display. The exhibit featuring local expressions of creativity was scheduled to end on Dec. 31, but the museum opted to keep it open through Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The museum at 204 Ottawa St. in downtown Joliet will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday with COVID-19 safety guidelines in place.

Museum-goers also are likely to come across students from Joliet Central High School devoting time to volunteer work as part of day-of-service activities that have become a tradition for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“They’ll help us to do some repair work and clean around the museum,” museum Executive Director Greg Peerbolte said.