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Tips for Visiting with Kids

Know what to expect before your visit to TAM, by reviewing this Social Story together.

Explorer Guidelines

Thanks for helping us keep you and the art safe by following these Explorer Guidelines:

  • Make sure to only look at works of art with your eyes, not with your hands. Everyone has oils on their hands that can damage the art. So please don’t touch.
  • Keep a safe distance from the art – about two feet away.
  • Stick together as a group. Exploring the museum is more fun when families look at art together!
  • Store your large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas in the coat room.
  • Sketching is a great way to look closely at art. Please be sure to only use pencil in the galleries. You can borrow one from the front desk or TAM Studio.
  • Taking photos is a good way to remember your visit to TAM! Just make sure your flash is off. Some works can’t be photographed and will have a special sign.
  • Exploring art is hungry work. Please make sure to enjoy your drinks and snacks only in the lobby, TAM Café, and third floor atrium.

Looking at Art Together

There is no wrong way to look at art! Explore the museum for as long or as little as you like. Here are a few ideas to explore art together:

  • Have a seat on a bench or the floor, and spend time quietly looking at a single work of art. Look for 15 seconds. What do you notice? Look for another 15 seconds. What else do you notice?
  • Ask questions to spark a conversation:
    • What’s going on in this work of art?
    • What do you see that makes you say that?
    • What does this work of art remind you of?
    • What does this work of art make you wonder about?
    • What more can we find?
  • Imagine that you stepped into a work of art. What would you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch?
  • Find a work of art that tells a story. Who are the characters? What do you think happened before? What do you think will happen next?