Visiting with Children

Admission for children (ages 0-18) is always free, and we encourage families to visit early and often with emerging art lovers and creative thinkers.

Young visitors can:

  • Pick up Discovery Cards and a laminated Family Activity Pack, created by Smith Student Museum Educators.
  • Stop by the "Why We Ask You Not to Touch" display near the elevator on the first floor for a fun and participatory demonstration of how big and little fingers may, over time, damage art.
  • Borrow pencils, clipboards and drawing paper from the cart in the coatroom to sketch and write in the galleries.
  • Add your thoughts and ideas to the Talk Back: Art in Conversation installation on the lower level of the museum. Visit the artist-designed restrooms while you're down there! Knock first, then check out both the women's and men's restroom. How do the colors, patterns, and images in each restroom make you feel?
  • Participate in a family program, like Art Babes (for toddlers and their caregivers), Free Second Friday (Hands on! art making for all ages, inspired by works on view), or our spring Free Community Day. See the events calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Take a snack break in the Atrium and check out the "Creative Study Break" cart for art supplies and games available to any visitor as well as Smith students.

Other offerings for families include:

  • You can buy art-related educational materials in the Museum Shop.
  • Special family membership rates make exploring the Museum together an affordable form of entertainment.

Tips for Exploring with Children


Museum Guidelines

Library Pass Program