Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. they're having their 20th Annual Japanese New Year's Bell Ringing Ceremony, which is free to atttend with paid admission to the museum. "Based on the Buddhist custom of striking a temple bell 108 times on New Year’s Eve to wipe away all the bad experiences, wrong deeds, and ill luck of the past year, tolling the bell symbolically welcomes the start of a prosperous and joyous New Year. Everyone is invited to strike a 2100-lb., 16th-century Japanese bronze bell, originally from a temple in Japan and now part of the museum’s collection." You pick up a numbered ticket, and you get to hit a . How awesome is that?

If you can't make it tomorrow, on Tuesday January 3 from noon they're having a Mochitsuki! Mochi Pounding Party, and first Tuesday for every month entry to the Museum is FREE! "Glutinous steamed rice (will be) pounded into delectable sweet, soft cakes with music, dance, and costumes. Members of the audience not only get to have a hand in the festivities, they’ll also be able to sample the freshly made treats after the performance." There will also be a children's art activity from 1:00-4:00 pm.

When did Museums get so cool? Over the course of the next few days, you have the chance to wack an ancient, giant bell, eat yummy mochi, and visit the art for free! Next year is looking exciting already.

huge freakin' bell