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Pennsylvania Art Museums

Listening to an audio tour at the "Portrait of Pig" painting at Brandywine River Museum

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Barnes Foundation

Philadelphia, PA   Map it >>
What You’ll See: Thirteen galleries featuring 19th & 20th century paintings by famous artists including Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso. 

$22-25 admission; $10, youth 6-18;  ages 2 & younger free. Open every day of the week except Tuesday, 10am-5pm. 215.278.7000, www.barnesfoundation.org

Brandywine River Museum

Chadds Ford, PA   Map it >>
What You’ll See: American art, with a focus on works from the Brandywine Valley and the Wyeth family
Don’t Miss: “Den Den,” a pig depicted in life size in Jamie Wyeth’s Portrait of Pig, a permanent painting at the Museum.
Just for Kids: Read-Aloud Tours, stories and art activities for preschoolers, Thursday mornings.
Before You Leave: Go for a walk and take a quick family photo on the Museum’s scenic riverside grounds.

$6-$15 admission, ages 5 & younger free. Free admission on Sundays, 9:30am-12noon. 610-388-2700, www.brandywinemuseum.org

The Crayola Experience

"A Green Idea!" eco exhibit at CrayolaEaston, PA   Map it >>
What You’ll See: How Crayola crayons are made. Kids are encouraged to make art — and even draw on walls — in dozens of hands-on displays and activity areas.
Don’t Miss: The "Be a Star" attraction where kids can appear in their very own coloring page along with some of Crayola's characters.

$16.99 admission, ages 2 & younger free. 610-515-8000, www.crayolafactory.com

Fabric Workshop & Museum

Philadelphia, PA   Map it >>
What You’ll See: “New work in new materials,” including sculptures and textiles. Tours are only guided, on a walk-in basis, and last about an hour.
Don’t Miss: Shaker Inspired Craft Workshop Series. In conjunction with collaborative exhibition A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly by Philadelphia three craft events will take place which include, Fabulous Felt! Make a Needle-Felted MushroomCreate the Spring Equinox with Crafty Bouquets and Betwixt and Between! Make Your Own Loom.

Free. 215-561-8888, www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

James A. Michener Art Museum 

Kids learning more about a painting at the Michener Art MuseumDoylestown, PA    Map it >>
What You’ll See: Art of Bucks County and Pennsylvania. There are more than 2,500 pieces total, including a collection of almost 60 Impressionist paintings, plus other paintings, photographs and drawings, along with sculptures in an outdoor garden.
Don’t Miss: The largest painting at the Museum, the 22-ft. A Wooded Watershed mural of the Delaware Water Gap by Daniel Garber.

$8-$18 admission, kids under 6 free. Closed Monday. 215-340-9800, www.michenermuseum.org

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia, PA   Map it >>
What You’ll See: 19th and 20th century American paintings, sculptures and works on paper
When To Visit: Current main collections appeal most to older teens and adults, so plan to go on Sunday afternoons for the free Family Arts Academy. 

$8-$15 admission, ages 12 & younger free. Closed Mondays. 215-972-7600, www.pafa.org

Philadelphia Museum of Art  

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Philadelphia, PA   Map it >>
What You’ll See: More than 225,000 objects, spanning ancient art to contemporary pieces from America and around the world
Don’t Miss: Make Stuff, a drop-in art-making workshop on Wednesday nights with projects varying from sketching or knitting in the galleries to building a Lego mansion or creating a puzzle.
Just for Kids: Open studio and drawing time in the galleries, every Sunday. Programs vary each week; visit the Museum website for a schedule.

$14-$20, ages 12 & younger free. Pay-what-you-wish admission every first Sunday of the month and every Wednesday after 5pm. Closed Mondays. 215-763-8100, www.philamuseum.org

Woodmere Art Museum 

Philadelphia, PA   Map it >>
What You’ll See: Works primarily by Philadelphia area artists, in the setting of a historical Victorian mansion
Don’t Miss: Student art in the Helen Millard Children’s Gallery. Rotating exhibits are usually collaborations with local schools. For kids who aren’t featured, the pieces could inspire them to create their own projects.

$10 admission, all students and children free. Free admission on Sundays. 215-247-0476, www.woodmereartmuseum.org

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