Visit the BMA for exciting family programs throughout the year—hands-on art workshops, special gallery tours, and more! Admission and activities are free, so bring the whole family and stay for as long or as short a time as you like.
Tips for visiting with FamiliesThe following visitor policies will help ensure your experience is a positive one:
- Strollers are welcome in the Museum
- All restrooms are equipped with baby changing stations
- A Family Restroom is located in the East Entrance Lobby
- Soft baby carriers may be carried on the front, but not on the back. Hard baby carriers are not permitted
Fun Things to do with Your Child at the BMA
Imagine that a painting or sculpture could come alive. What sounds would it make? How would it move? What would it do or say?
The eyes have it. Family members - take turns describing a detail from a painting aloud while the other(s) stands in the center of the gallery with eyes closed. When eyes are opened, can the painting with the detail described be found?
Pretend you’re a team of detectives. Find a work of art or an object from long ago. Examine the visual clues to determine WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW. Like any good sleuths, you’ll need to make guesses based on evidence and hunches.
Take a trip around the world without leaving Baltimore. “Visit” a landscape painting to take a swim in a lake, hike up a mountain, or enjoy a tropical holiday.
Act it out! Find a painting that depicts more than one person. Take roles. What are the characters saying to one another? How are they related?
Tell a tale. Can you find a work of art that tells a story? Maybe it tells about everyday life or the person who made it or used it. It could illustrate a legend or myth. Some artworks are mysterious, whimsical, or fantastical - try making up a tall tale!
Fun for the very young. Find simple shapes, favorite colors (name everything blue you see in one gallery, red in the next), or an array of animals. Try counting numbers, making up a rhyme, or striking a pose!
Children might enjoy the Museum more if you look at just a few objects, or one special exhibition. An hour - or even half an hour - may be enough time. Remember, you can always come back - admission to the collection is free.
Meet Raoudi (pronounced 'Rowdy'), artist Henri Matisse's perky schnauzer, in Matisse for Kids, a delightful on-line exploration of the beloved 20th century master's bold, bright paintings. Along the way, you'll earn props, patterns, and colors to use in creating your own Matisse-inspired artwork.
Artful Stories: A BMA Family Audio Tour
The voice of Raoudi narrates this imaginative family tour of 20 objects in the collection.
Download from iTunesU and bring your own smartphone or device, or borrow a complimentary device at the Welcome Desk. Available in English only.
For more information about visiting the BMA with children, call 443-573-1818.
Upcoming Family Events
Please note: Members Studio events require BMA Membership. Join today.
FEB 13 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
To celebrate African American History month, participate in a lively afternoon of Wikipedia editing to increase the visibility of African American visual artists online. Create, update, and improve entries pertaining to the lives and works of African American artists at the BMA and around the world. Library resources, rare ephemera from the archives, Internet connection, and light refreshments will be provided. Please bring your laptop and power cord.
FEB 27 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
The Museum's teaching artists will provide in-depth instruction as they explain how to make art puppets.
MAR 6 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Construct a pop-up sculpture in today's art activity.
MAR 13 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Create golden screens in today's art activity.
MAR 20 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Sculpt clay animals in today's art activity.
MAR 26 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
The Museum's teaching artists will provide in-depth instruction as they explain how to paint portraits.
MAR 27 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Make silver bowls in today's art activity.
APR 2 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
From simple repetitions of the phrases “Good Night” and “Good Morning” artist Joan Jonas stirs viewers with a raw and intimate look into her personal life and the passage of time. Join Evan Moritz, director of Annex Theater, to explore the power of daily ritual in two video works by Jonas on view in the Contemporary Wing. Hear about connections between his artistic practice and Jonas’s and join him in the galleries for a live performance experience created out of everyday interactions.
APR 3 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Print portraits as we look to Matisse for inspiration.
APR 10 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Create wire sculptures as we look to Matisse for inspiration.
APR 17 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Make a bold diorama as we look to Matisse for inspiration.
APR 24 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Sculpt clay figures as we look to Matisse for inspiration.
APR 30 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
The Museum's teaching artists will provide in-depth instruction as they explain printmaking.