Summer is here and school is out, but that doesn’t mean learning has to take a break for three months. Phoenix Art Museum has partnered with Expect More Arizona to bring learning (and fun) out of the classroom.

Here are a few tips to maximize your family time at the museum:

  • Have a discussion about “museum manners” before your trip. The objects in the museum are special. Talk about “special” objects at your home – most every child has some small things they personally value and don’t want anyone to touch. Leverage this idea and extend it to the museum. Look with your eyes only.
  • Keep your visit short. You don’t need to see everything.
  • Let your child pick what they want to see.
  • Ask open-ended questions. Much like learning to read, children learn to interpret what they see. What do you see? Why do you think that is? How would it be different if…? Encourage your child to ask questions as well. It’s ok not to know anything about art. Find the answers together.
  • Be active while you look. Incorporate movement, “Can you do that pose?”, or drawing in the galleries (pencils only, please).
  • Take a break. Run out some extra energy in the sculpture garden or visit PhxArtKids Gallery, a space specifically designed for families.
  • Have fun! There is a perception that art museums are stoic, quiet, and sterile places. Don’t believe it! Visiting a museum is a vibrant experience, no need to whisper.

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We look forward to seeing you!

Kelsey Eberle, Youth and Family Programs at Phoenix Art Museum, can be reached at

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