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Family Spaces


Drop in to the Ryan Learning Center, where admission is always free. Make, look, design, and touch your way through these family-oriented spaces.
A mother and her two children make art in the Ryan Learning Center

Family Room

Mother and daughter using the JourneyMaker interactive in the Ryan Learning Center

Find art-making projects, picture books, things to build with, and the digital interactive JourneyMaker, which empowers you to create a customized family adventure in the museum.

The Family Room is open 10:30–5:00 every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Please note that the Family Room will also be closed on the following dates:
November 22, 2018
December 25, 2018
January 1, 2019

Interactive Gallery

A father and daughter create a drawing in the Interactive Gallery of the Ryan Learning Center

In this participatory space, visitors of all ages are encouraged to engage in hands-on activities that promote creative expression, active family learning, and familiarity with artists’ materials, ideas, and practices.

Current Installation
Give and Take

September 22–March 10
Visit this pop-up installation and be part of an art exchange. Make a work of art to leave for someone else, choose a creation made by another visitor to take home, and add to a collaborative multimedia artwork.

Trott Family Gallery and McCormick Foundation Gallery

Two women explore interactive artwork by children in the Ryan Learning Center

Discover changing displays of artwork made by children, families, teens, and members of the community.

Current Installation
A Closer Look: Art Made by Families

August 25–March 10
Family learning at the museum takes many forms. See a range of art-making projects created by families in workshops and festivals that took place throughout the year.

The Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery

A closeup of a hand touching a sculpture

Go ahead—touch! Discover how the sense of touch can enrich your appreciation of art with four artworks specifically designed for visually impaired visitors to the museum but available to all.

This exhibition has been funded by the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust.


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