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Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Battle of Pavia

Battle of Pavia

August 21, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Docent Mary Lynda Crockett leads us in a discussion on Battle of Pavia by an anonymous Flemish artist.

Art on the Rocks: Sweet Crude

Art on the Rocks: Sweet Crude

August 19, 2016

Art on the Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for an exciting 12th season! The Birmingham Museum of Art’s highly anticipated summer series brings all the best of Birmingham’s vibrant cultural scene together in one dynamic place. Featuring artists,

Slow Art Sunday: A Dream of Italy

August 14, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Marlene Wallace leads us in a discussion on A Dream of Italy by Robert S. Duncanson.

Visually Impaired Program: Cancelled

August 13, 2016

In this program for adults, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

Religions across Asia represent objects of worship in sculptures from a range of materials. This tour will explore examples of Asian artworks with a combination of verbal descriptions and tactile objects to enhance the experience.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 10.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

Slow Art Sunday: The Laughing Boy (Jopie van Slouten)

August 7, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Julia Stork leads us in a discussion on The Laughing Boy (Jopie van Slouten) by Robert Henri.

Oscar's Sunday Brunch

Oscar’s Sunday Brunch

August 7, 2016

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends.

Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

First Thursday: After Hours At The Museum

First Thursday: After Hours At The Museum

August 4, 2016

Join us this summer for “Southern Pictures,” a new film series at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Ranging from vintage classics to contemporary hits, each featured film is set in the South. Come early to enjoy our open galleries, drinks, and tapas at the BMA.

5-9PM: Tapas and cocktails in the café.

6:30 PM: Muscle Shoals (Not Rated, 2013), 1hr 51 min.

Famous for a unique sound quality, a tiny studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama produced some of the greatest rock and roll in history. Featuring music legends Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Bono, Etta James, Gregg Allman, and more, this contemporary documentary is fixin’ to be a cult classic.

Please note that costs apply for purchase of tapas and/or cocktails.

Art & Conversation: Third Space /Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art

Art & Conversation: Third Space /Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art

August 4, 2016

Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi discusses a new ongoing series of site-specific artist commissions launched by the museum in spring 2016. Giving us a behind the scenes perspective on its creation and its future ambitions, she sheds light on the process of working with the first artist in the series, Bethany Collins, and shows us a preview of what is to come.

Slow Art Sunday: Flin Flon VI

July 31, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Marlene Wallace leads us in a discussion on Flin Flon VI by Frank Stella.

Visually Impaired Program tour: Cancelled

Visually Impaired Program tour: Cancelled

July 27, 2016

Please note that the Visually Impaired Program tour scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To schedule a VIP group tour, call 205.254.2964.

Slow Art Sunday: The Sacrifice or Abraham Offering Up His Son Isaac

July 24, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Docent Mary Helen Crowe leads us in a discussion on the Wedgwood piece The Sacrifice or Abraham Offering Up His Son Isaac.

Art on the Rocks: Lonely Biscuits

Art on the Rocks: Lonely Biscuits

July 22, 2016

Art on the Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for an exciting 12th season! The Birmingham Museum of Art’s highly anticipated summer series brings all the best of Birmingham’s vibrant cultural scene together in one dynamic place. Featuring artists,

ArtBreak: Shiva Nataraja

ArtBreak: Shiva Nataraja

July 19, 2016

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum staff lead visitors on a thirty to forty-five minutes exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Through a series of close-looking techniques and questioning, this free experience helps build the

Slow Art Sunday: A Selection from Seeing Things

July 17, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Docent Clyde Oyster leads us in a discussion on a photograph from Seeing Things.