27, Feb 2018 | Inspirations
Art museums, once bastions of hushed voices are no longer shushing kids. In fact, they’re finding clever ways to draw them in — mini-tours for toddlers, touch-me installations to foster interest in classic masterpieces, and treasure hunts that promote exploration. In today’s article, you’ll find the top 10 best Art Galleries for Children in the US. so you can take your little ones out on a museum day.
It has a Touch Gallery — a permanent installation of five portrait sculptures from different time periods that kids can explore with their hands; originally designed for the visually impaired, the gallery has evolved into a spot where families can learn about form, scale, and texture in ways they couldn’t simply by using their sight.
TheMetropolitan Museum of Art offers 13 superbly produced children’s handbooks, such as Mixed-Up Files (a guide that dissects the time Claudia and Jamie camped out at the Met in the classic From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler). It boasts a non-circulating library with 450 picture books for kids, including a collection of titles that have won the Caldecott Medal and it has a quick-service eatery that serves kids’ meals in boxes shaped like taxicabs
The museum offers three thematic, self-guided gallery hunts with packets of hip, colourful clue cards that send kids to five works of art per hunt and ask them questions about what they see. It also hosts tours for preschoolers such as “Looking for Goldilocks” (kids find objects in the museum’s collection-three chairs, three bowls-that fit the story, then decorate their own porridge bowl)
The museum hosts two family tours led by docents or museum artists every Saturday and offers family audio tours geared to its permanent collections and special exhibitions. It has a children’s Garden of Enchantment, which leads to the entrance of the museum’s education gallery; it’s dotted with adorable animal sculptures and features a pond.
This museum hosts weekend drop-in programs in the galleries for kids ages 4 and up that often include a treasure hunt and an art-making activity. It also offers hourlong Preschool Playdates for toddlers; a child and a parent hear nursery rhymes, watch finger plays, and make art in the galleries.
It provides family tours in English and Spanish as part of its “Family Days” program, which includes hands-on art-making and live theatrical, musical, or dance performances every Sunday of the year. The museum offers family gallery guides with inventive approaches; one, called Oddball Art, sends families to three modern works with questions to ask at every stop. It also hosts special “School’s Out, We’re In” programs for school holidays when families can take a special tour of the permanent collection featuring historical heroes in art.
This amazing museum offers free colourful cards to help families locate and talk about 15 of Joslyn’s “greatest hits;” most popular topic covered: Why are there naked people in art? It also boasts an “educational hub” called the EdTech Gallery, where children can peruse art-themed books and CD-ROMs while lounging on colourful, comfy chairs and sofas
It hosts daily family tours at which kids put together a photo album of the family who once lived on the estate, which now houses an extensive art collection and offers activity-packed family guides. The museum also features interactive displays in several galleries, including some that house textiles and historic paintings of children.
The museum hosts late-night family activities, from 6 p.m. to midnight on the third Friday of every month, featuring films, performances in the galleries, and bedtime stories read by a professional storyteller accompanied by the museum’s mascot, Arturo. This museum also offers “Passports Around the World,” a program held on select weekends during the year, in which children are given small blue passports and a list of objects to find in the permanent collections; when children locate an object, a docent stamps their passports with the object’s country of origin.
This fantastic museum hosts an amazing array of family art classes (many free with museum admission) and multi-day mini camps called the Art Adventure Club; in either, kids might design a nengajo (a Japanese New Year’s card), create animal statues, or make a nature journal.
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