Children enjoy art activities during the museum's Family Days
Remember! Museum admission for children 12 and under is always FREE.
Austin Museum Day at the Blanton
Sunday, September 22, 12-4 PM
This Austin Museum Day, ordinary objects inspire extraordinary creativity at the Blanton Museum of Art! View our special exhibition, Lifelike, to see how contemporary artists use unexpected methods and materials to recreate everyday scenes and objects. Then participate in special art-making and looking activities designed to help you see the world in a whole new way.
For Austin Museum Day, the Blanton will open one hour earlier, at noon, and admission is free.
Holiday Family Days
Friday, December 27 from 11-4
Saturday, December 28 from 11-4
Celebrate the holidays by traveling to Augsburg, one of Germany's oldest cities. Discover the process of printmaking by creating your own set of greeting cards and enjoy family-friendly gallery games that will take you on a hands-on journey through the special exhibition Imperial Augsburg and the permanent collection. Children 12 and under are free; program included with museum admission.
Support for the Blanton is provided in part by individuals, corporations, foundations, and Blanton members. Additional support is provided by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Education programs are supported by The Brown Foundation Inc., Education Endowment.
Tips for Parents
Here are some helpful tips for talking to children about art at the museum.
Take your time and limit what you see to one part of the collection or exhibition. Don't feel like you have to see the entire museum in one visit.
Remind your child not to touch the art. There are a few exceptions to this, so just ask one of our gallery assistants to be sure.
Let the child choose art he or she finds interesting, then, look at and talk about the work together. Here are some ideas for discussion:
Don't hesitate to go back to the same works. As with a favorite book or song, a child can see an artwork over and over again and discover something new about it each time.
Buy something like a postcard or art magnet at the end of your visit as a souvenir of your child's experience. This can enhance his or her memory of the works of art and can improve your child's comfort with looking at art.
And remember, it's okay not to know about a work of art. Just have fun and discover what you see together.