hands on areas

Hands-on Areas

Bart’s ArtVenture!

BAV 2Bart’s ArtVenture is the Museum’s state-of-the-art interactive gallery designed for families and visitors with children who want to explore art at their own pace, guided by their own interests. The two family spaces feature more than 15 hands-on learning stations that encourage exploration, discovery, and creativity. Take an ArtVenture with Bart the Art Bat!

  • Explore your creativity
  • Ignite your imagination
  • Discover new ways of looking
  • Create art – new art projects during the year
  • Make cool connections between art, the Museum, and your life
  • Have fun!

Bart’s ArtVenture is FREE and open to the public during regular Museum hours.

For large groups, one adult chaperone is required for every four children visiting Bart’s ArtVenture, and works with his/her assigned group of children.

What’s new in Bart’s ArtVenture?

Bart’s Art Cave

Bart’s Art Cave connects the two spaces that make up Bart’s Art Venture: the Sonat Gallery–designed for “toddlers and crawlers” and their adult companions−and the Hess Gallery, for children aged 5-12 and their families. The Cave houses small, family-friendly, interactive exhibitions by local artists. Exhibitions change periodically throughout the year.

Bart’s Art Bar

Hands-on activities activities  at Bart’s Art Bar are self-guided. Activities change every two months.

Step Into Art

Be sure to visit Bart’s ArtVenture where you can step into an artwork via greenscreen technology, take your photo, and email it home for a cool souvenir of your visit. Join an ancient Chinese horse procession, kick your heels up at a dance party, and discover that Bart’s ArtVenture is the place to be!

Bart’s Lair Under the Stairs

Bart the Art Bat is roosting under the stairs! Find Bart’s Lair on the second floor near the American Gallery. Visit this cozy space to find cool activities that Bart has developed for all ages. Explore the Museum’s collection, create a drawing, and discover new ways to look at art. This gallery features different activities during the year.

Lair 2014