Family Activities

What Family Activities Does SAAM Offer?

The Temple of Invention AR Experience

Art Detectives Family Tour

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Follow the Trail to Uncover Hidden Stories

Take your family through the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery's shared building and become art detectives on this new audio tour designed to enhance your visit. Through the four different activities at each of the stops, discover the hidden stories and meanings behind featured artworks from both museums’ collections and figure out the clue to lead you to the next stop on the trail. Recommended for families with elementary school-age children. 

To start your tour, pick up a map from the information desk in either the G or F Street lobbies and follow the trail.

Family Zone Activities

Enjoy all of your favorite SAAM family day activities, now online in our Family Zone, including step-by-step instructions for crafting at home, printable coloring pages based on artworks in SAAM’s collection, and videos from kid-friendly performers who partner with us during our family day events.

Lunar New Year

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Cherry Blossom

An abstract painting of cherry blossoms

May Day

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Día De Los Muertos

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Winter Holiday

A father and a child sit at a table crafting

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