Especially for Kids
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has fun activities for kids and their grown-ups! Check out our upcoming kid-friendly programs on our events calendar.
Fun Things to Do on All Three Floors!
- Try to read the text of Preamble and find a license place from your state.
- “Walk on water” in the Courtyard (remember not to run, and make sure you wear your shoes!).
- Visit the folk and self-taught art galleries to see art made from tree roots and bottle caps.
- Imagine yourself sitting in The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly.
- Visit the Hiram Powers exhibition to feel a sculptor’s tools and the marks they make in marble.
- Check out David Beck’s MVSEVM and find the artist's hidden signature.
- Find George Washington in the clouds in Visit of the Prince of Wales.
- Visit the Luce Center to check out secret eye miniatures, audio tours, cool jewelry. Ask about scavenger hunts at the Luce information desk, and try your luck to win a prize! While you are there, squish a penny and check out the Art-O-Mat.
- Is she for real? Find a Woman Eating ice cream.
- Visit Portrait of Mnonja to see a dazzling portrait accented with rhinestones—the artists used chopsticks to place them, one by one.
- Find a live video feed of yourself in Paik’s Electronic Superhighway.
- Find a horse that tricks your eye into thinking it is made from driftwood. Can you find out what is it really made of?
- Find a message from the past: Civil War era initials in the Lincoln Gallery.
- Visit the Lunder Conservation Center to watch conservators clean and repair art.
Family Guide and Resources
- Kids and families can explore the museum together using our Family Guide [PDF].
- Check out this PDF building map for family-friendly bathrooms, and accessible stroller entrances. There are changing stations available in all of the museum’s restrooms. The museum café has a limited children’s menu. The museum store has a variety of educational toys, children’s books, and supplies for young artists.