When is the last time you visited an art museum with your family? We’ve taken the kids to several art museums and every time it’s a brand new experience. Last summer we spent some time exploring the Springfield Art Museum and the Fennimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY but its been about 6 years since we visited the Speed Art Museum in our own backyard, Louisville, Kentucky. Recently we figured it was time to revisit and see the new updates. Not sure if your kids are ready for an art museum? Take a look at these tips to keep your kids engaged on your next visit!
How to Keep your Kids Engaged at an Art Museum
Visiting an art museum is not something that is on the minds of many parents. It can seem a bit daunting to try to explore the galleries with kids. But with a little bit of planning and preparation, it can be a great experience.
Check for free admission
The Speed Art Museum offers Free Sundays! Talk about a deal! This is a great way to check out the art exhibits without making a dent in your wallet! Not near Louisville? Check your local art museum and see if they offer a similar program.
Poke a little fun at Art
Yes, art is serious business. There are techniques, masters, different mediums, historical significance, and countless other things to consider when studying works of art. Some of these pieces are priceless works of art that have been carefully preserved for hundreds of years. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not ok to have a little fun when you and the family are viewing the pieces.
Recreate the pictures and let the kids think of fun ways to bring the pictures to life. Of course, do this with tact and consideration for others. You never want to be disruptive, touch the art work or do anything that is disrespectful.
Play with Perspective
There’s nothing like playing with perspective to keep everyone engaged. You may not get the exact shot, but it is fascinating to see how close you can get to some pretty fun illusions.
Don’t Start the tour hungry
It’s going to take some time to get through an entire art museum and you typically can’t take food and drinks in with you, so make sure you eat before you arrive. There’s nothing worse than stomach growling when you are only halfway through the museum.
Take advantage of Coat Check
No sense freezing on the walk from the car to the museum. The Speed Art Museum offers a free coat check service when you arrive!
Take the Time to Study
Some art pieces just demand more time to study the details. I am no painter and can’t draw anything recognizable, so I am always amazed at the realistic detail of the great art works. Don’t rush through the galleries. When something catches your attention, stop and think about the backstory and why each piece speaks to you.
One of the neat things about the art work at Speed is the placards beside each piece telling some of the backstory and pointing out things that you might overlook.
Check Camera Policy
The first thing I do when I enter any museum is ask about the camera policy. Many museums have strict guardrails on what you can and cannot take pictures of. Speed Art encourages use of cameras (but no flash). There are signs throughout the museum telling you exactly what you can and cannot take a picture of. They even have a hashtag to use when you share! #YourSpeed
Go to the Kids Section
Many museums have special areas designed for hands on learning and exploring. At Speed Art Museum, the Art Sparks Gallery is a great place to relax and learn about art in a more hands on way.
The light wall is my favorite part everytime we visit! I think I need this in my house! Don’t you agree?
Do you have a budding artist in your family? Now’s a great time to take them to an art museum and then make sure you have all the art supplies on hand to encourage their creativity.
Art supplies make great gift ideas! colored pencils, Posable Mannequins and are affordable options that will help take your new artists to the next level.
About Speed Art Museum
2035 South Third Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Have you visited the Speed Art Museum? What’s your favorite part of taking your family to an art museum? I’d love to hear!