Philadelphia Art Museums
The City of Brotherly Love boasts the world-famous Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (pictured above), along with kid-friendly museums that focus on particular media, styles and collections.
Fabric Workshop & Museum
1214 Arch St., Phila.
Devoted to “creating new work in new materials,” the Museum features works by artists from around the world. While exhibits tend to be best appreciated by adults, some collections feature pieces kids will find intriguing, like a giant whale sculpture that was on display last summer. High schoolers can apply to an exclusive Apprentice Training silkscreen printing program.
$3 admission, ages 11 & younger free. 215-561-8888, www.fabricworkshop.org
FREE Institute of Contemporary Art
118 S. 36th St., Phila.
At this University of Pennsylvania art museum, visitors can see contemporary works in various forms. A current exhibit of particular interest to families, Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World), pictured left, features playful art on paper, along with photographs, embroidery, furniture and other media.
Tour Tip: Dial into the Guide by Cell Phone audio tour and listen to artists discuss their work.
Fun Fact: Andy Warhol had his first solo museum show here.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N. Broad St., Phila.
A world-renowned art school, the Academy is also a museum that features collections of paintings, sculptures & works on paper by American artists. On Saturday mornings, families can participate in community workshops ranging from topics in jewelry and fashion design to printmaking. The workshops are free for students in the Philadelphia School district & their families; free with admission for others. $6-$10 admission, ages 4 & younger free. Special exhibits may require additional fees. 215-972-7600, www.pafa.org
Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th St. & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Phila.
The extensive collections at this iconic Philadelphia attraction span from ancient art to contemporary pieces. More than 200 galleries include East Asian drawings dating back to 3rd century B.C., European sculptures & stained glass, arms & armor, early American furniture & modern paintings. Picasso and the Avant-Garde, Feb. 24-April 25, features paintings, drawings & sculptures by Picasso, Léger, Dalí & other 20th century artists.
Tour Tips: Pick up a self-guided tour packet for families at the information desk in the West Lobby. Audio tours for kids also available. Sunday afternoon family programs include guided Tours for Tots, guided Family Gallery Tours and drop-in art workshops. Once you’ve toured the Museum, don’t forget to take a family photo on the famous steps on your way out!
Cost Cutter: Kids ages 12 & younger are free everyday. Pay-what-you-wish admission offered on the first Sunday of the month.
$12-$16 admission, free for ages 12 & younger. 215-763-8100, www.philamuseum.org
Rosenbach Museum & Library
2008-2010 Delancey Place, Phila.
Along with the archives of rare books & manuscripts, Rosenbach features family-friendly exhibits, including more than 10,000 pieces of work by children’s book author & illustrator Maurice Sendak and more than 600 letters, photos & books by Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. At the Museum’s Sendak in Spring Festival, March 20-21, kids can listen to stories, make a book or hat, and watch Sendak-inspired “Wild Things Whirligig Performances.”
Tour Tip: On hands-on tours for ages 8 & up, families can examine, touch & read objects from the collections. Don’t miss the interactive Wild Things tours of the Sendak collections, March 5 & April 16.
$5-$10, ages 4 & younger free. 215-732-1600, www.rosenbach.org
Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Ave., Phila.
Woodmere’s collections focus on Philadelphia artists. In the Helen Millard Children’s Gallery, families can see works by local school students. Save the date for Children’s Day on May 2, which will feature fun art projects and challenges. Every summer, kids can work with artists to develop a community art project that is installed on the Museum’s front lawn (pictured right). Studio classes for kids & teens also offered year-round.
$5 admission. 215-247-0476, www.woodmereartmuseum.org