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.
MAY 30 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
Create African masks.
MAY 30 · 7:30pm–9:00pm
MAY 31 · 2:00pm–2:45pm
Enjoy an informal talk with a BMA educator about the majestic Great Mother Headdress (D’mba) from the Baga region of Guinea, considered the best of its kind..
JUN 6 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
Explore the works in the latest On Paper exhibition Spin, Crinkle, Pluck, then use everyday gestures to create a unique artwork.
JUN 7 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Make animal-inspired vessels as we explore Asian art.
JUN 14 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Make scroll landscapes as we explore Asian art.
JUN 21 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Make lotus lights as we explore Asian art in these hands-on art activities the entire family can enjoy.
JUN 27 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
Create Asian vessels with animals.
JUN 28 · 11:00am–5:00pm
The BMA is continuing its 100th celebration with a fun-filled day of music, dance performances, and art activities inspired by the newly renovated galleries for the Asian art collection.
JUL 5 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Make personal objects as we explore the art of van Gogh and friends.
JUL 11 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
Explore Gedi Sibony's found sculpture All Her Teeth Are Made of Slate, then use ordinary objects to create extraordinary compositions.
JUL 12 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Build a 3D landscape as we explore the art of van Gogh and friends.
JUL 19 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Create a collage portrait as we explore the art of van Gogh and friends.
JUL 25 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
Sew a scene inspired by the Crazy Quilts exhibition.
JUL 26 · 2:00pm–2:45pm
Enjoy an informal talk with a BMA educator about Vincent van Gogh's painting A Pair of Boots, 1887.
AUG 1 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
Grab your sneakers and join us for a conversation about Nari Ward's Live Ball, then enjoy a pick-up game in the BMA parking lot.
AUG 2 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Make appliqué animals as we explore crazy quilts.
AUG 9 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Piece a paper patchwork quilt square as we explore crazy quilts.
AUG 16 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Stamp and sew fabric designs as we explore crazy quilts.
AUG 23 · 2:00pm–5:00pm
Make playful pillows as we explore crazy quilts.
AUG 29 · 2:00pm–3:30pm
Make art-inspired music.
AUG 30 · 2:00pm–2:45pm
Enjoy an informal talk with a BMA educator about the Crazy Quilts exhibition.