For Families

A young family reads a BMA Family Guide together.

A young family reads a BMA Family Guide together.


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 Families

The 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.


Matisse for Kids Online Activity (Requires Adobe Flash)

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.


Contact

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.

AUG 29 · 2:00pm–3:30pm

Member Studio: Family Art Classes

Members only.

Make art-inspired music.


AUG 30 · 2:00pm–2:45pm

Free Family Sunday

Free

Enjoy an informal talk with a BMA educator about the Crazy Quilts exhibition.


SEP 26 · 2:00pm–3:30pm

Member Studio: Family Art Classes

Members only.

In these Members-only family classes, the Museum's teaching artists will provide in-depth instruction as they explain African Printmaking.


OCT 3 · 2:00pm–3:30pm

Big Table Connections

Free

A quiet elegy to a dear friend, Zoe Leonard’s sensitively sewn fruit skins on view in the Contemporary Wing evoke countless questions about life, loss, and the role of creative practices to heal from seemingly impossible wounds.


OCT 24 · 2:00pm–3:30pm

Member Studio: Family Art Classes

Members only.

Join us for activities in the new Center for People & Art. Children and grandchildren can create and experiment with a variety of projects and materials as they develop their artistic talents in these Members-only family classes.



NOV 28 · 2:00pm–3:30pm

Member Studio: Family Art Classes

Members only.

The Museum's teaching artists will provide in-depth instruction as they explain how to Give Thanks Through Art.


DEC 5 · 2:00pm–3:30pm

Big Table Connections

Free

Investigate Robert Gober's strategy of casting the empty space within everyday objects to create new works of art. Then participate in a casting demonstration.