Family Activities

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!

First Floor

  1. Try to read the text of Preamble and find a license place from your state.
  2. “Walk on water” in the Courtyard (remember not to run, and make sure you wear your shoes!).
  3. Visit the folk and self-taught art galleries to see art made from tree roots and bottle caps.
  4. Imagine yourself sitting in The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly.

Second Floor

  1. Check out David Beck’s MVSEVM and find the artist's hidden signature.
  2. Find George Washington in the clouds in Visit of the Prince of Wales.

Third Floor

  1. 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.
  2. Is she for real? Find a Woman Eating ice cream.
  3. Visit Portrait of Mnonja to see a dazzling portrait accented with rhinestones—the artists used chopsticks to place them, one by one.
  4. Find a live video feed of yourself in Paik’s Electronic Superhighway.
  5. Find a horse that tricks your eye into thinking it is made from driftwood. Can you find out what is it really made of?
  6. Find a message from the past: Civil War era initials in the Lincoln Gallery.
  7. Visit the Lunder Conservation Center to watch conservators clean and repair art.

Family Guide and Resources

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.