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Special programs and activities for all ages, from art classes and lectures to Free Family Days, Treasure Hunts and Gallery Guides.

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Free Programs

Gallery Talks and Tours

Join in an informative and eye-opening conversation about art, led by a Museum-trained docent, in a relaxed and informal setting. Just show up at the State Street entrance information desk.

Noon Focus Talks

Explore special exhibitions or one part of the collection, such as Antiquities, American, Asian, European, Contemporary art, Photography. 1pm Highlights Talks look at a variety of artworks from the Museum's permanent collection.


Kids and Families

All of the following family programs are free to Museum Members or with Museum admission. Visit our Kids and Families section for more information.

Free Family Days

Everyone is invited to these afternoon community celebrations at the Museum, featuring music and dance performances, art activities, refreshments, storytelling and other fun activities. Each Family Day has a theme that connects to an exhibition at the museum or a special celebration such as Dia de los Muertos or the Chinese New Year. Check the calendar for the dates of upcoming Family Days. Visit our Kids and Families section for more information.

Children's Gallery

A child-friendly space where families can explore, discover and learn about art together through hands-on activities that connect with art in the Museum's collection.
Open during Museum hours.

Family Gallery Guides and Treasure Hunts

Pick up one of the free gallery guides, gallery games and treasure hunts that makes your visit more fun for the entire family. Available at both Museum entrance information desks.


Group Tours

For a customized tour of the permanent collection or special exhibitions, call 884-6441.



Teaching Assistant Program

Teaching Assistant (TA) positions are for 15-18 year olds interested in art and working with children during art camps at the Ridley-Tree Education Center. Becoming a TA provides young artists with professional skills in art making and art education. This competitive program includes an orientation, Museum tour, mentoring by a Teaching Artist, and weekly Studio Hours. For an application and more information, please contact Kendall Pata at

Download the Summer Teaching Assistant Application Here

Teen Internship

In this seasonal internship program, teens ages 15-18 create hands-on art projects with working artists, learn tricks of the trade from art professionals, and gain inside information on how the Museum functions. Choose from fall, winter, and/or spring sessions that each feature a different Museum exhibition, professional artist, and project. In addition to their exposure to the professional art world, interns create interactive art projects for their peers, in order to foster an environment within the Museum that is inclusive and welcoming to other students their age. For more information, please contact Kendall Pata at

Download the Fall 2014 Teen Internship Application Here

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