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How to see great art for free

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ith its ethereal light and isolation, few single places have had as much of an impact on American art and culture as Provincetown. You can get get a sense of just how much by visiting the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. The secret? It’s free after 5 on Fridays. Founded in 1914, the museum has an unparalleled collection of the works of Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, William Merrit Chase, Mary Fassett, Andy Warhol, Joel Meyerowitz and many other Provincetown-connected artists. Hang out with the locals for these spirited free Fridays, which often coincide with the openings of new exhibits.



There’s another little-known way to see great art in Provincetown for free: in its 1885 town hall, to which grateful artists have for decades contributed examples of their work. There are more than 60 pieces on exhibit (temporarily moved to the Provincetown Museum while the town hall is under renovation), including two murals by Ross Moffett depicting the fishing village in the 1930s, and Charles Hawthorne’s “Crew of the Philomena Manta,” a view of Provincetown fishermen returning home.