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!
ArtVenture is FREE and open to the public during regular Museum hours.
One adult chaperone is required for every four children visiting ArtVenture, and works with his/her assigned group of children.
What’s new in ArtVenture?
Local Artist and Educator, Tym Davis, installed almost two dozen wire bats in the Art Cave in fall 2016! Come check out his art installation!
Add to his installation by creating your own snowflake!
The Art Cave connects the two spaces that make up ArtVenture: 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.
Hands-on activities activities at Art Bar are self-guided. Activities change every two months.
In January 2017, make your own snowflakes using paper and pipe cleaners! Add to our snowy installation or take your creation home.
In February and March 2017, be inspired by artists books on display in the 3rd Space Exhibition and make your own flip book!
Drop in for an art making activity that is facilitated by Teen BMA and ArtVenture staff! Art activities are inspired by artwork that is currently on display. After you make your own work of art, go check out the original art in the gallery! Art activities are geared toward children ages 4-10.
Art Cart happens on select Saturdays from 11am-1pm.
February 4 // February 18 // April 15 // April 29
Bart’s Lair Under the Stairs
Bart the Art Bat is roosting under the stairs! Find the 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.