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Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Slow Art Sunday: View of the Grand Canal, Venice

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Canaletto’s View of the Grand Canal, Venice.

Family Tour: Africa!

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Travel across the globe to Africa!

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Join us for an evening of English elegance, as we open our new exhibition Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise!

5-9PM // Open Galleries

5-9PM // Exclusive after-hours opening of Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise

6PM // Gallery talk on Hester Bateman by Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Ph.D.

6:30PM // Drop-in and Draw in the garden

7PM // Wine tasting in the garden

7PM // Live music in the garden // Sanders Bohlke, presented by Communicating Vessels

7PM // Film Screening // The Duchess 

ArtBreak: Somnus

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is presented by senior docent Laura Wallace on this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, the Wedgwood sculpture Somnus.

Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, docent Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on our collection’s samurai armor, in preparation for our summertime exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor (opening June 28).

Friends of American Art: Rollin’ on the River: Riverboat Commerce and Decorative Arts in the Antebellum South

This event is for members of Friends of American Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

Navigable rivers played an important role in the transportation of consumer goods from the North to the Deep South prior to the Civil War, and river ports emerged as important centers of commerce and culture. Curator of American Art Graham Boettcher, Ph.D. will look at well-appointed interiors of the period, and discuss how the riverboat trade helped shape Southern tastes.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.org or 205.297.8073 by Wednesday, May 21.

Slow Art Sunday: Plank Mask

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Marlene Wallace leads a discussion on this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, Plank Mask, made by the Bwa people. Come explore our all-new African Gallery!

ArtBreak: Highlights of the BMA Collection

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is a docent-led tour of highlights from the BMA collection. See some of our most beloved works from our permanent collection, and learn about each from our docent! This is the perfect  opportunity to see the best of the BMA in 30 short minutes.

Romanticism in the Museum’s Collection Tour

Celebrate International Museum Day in Birmingham by checking out Delacroix and the Matter of Finish on its last day (tickets are $15 for nonmembers and FREE for members)! Also, make your own connection to our collection by going on a docent-led tour of our galleries.

This tour will explore Romanticism in the Museum’s Collection. Compare the Romantic styles in our collection with the French Romantic art found in the Delacroix exhibition!

Slow Art Sunday: The Arab Mourning His Steed

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Julia Stork takes a closer look at Jean Baptiste Mauzaisse’s The Arab Mourning His Steed. During your visit, be sure to see Delacroix and the Matter of Finish on its last day!

Oscar’s Sunday Lunch

Oscar’s will be open during special hours for International Museum Day!

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal lunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

International Museum Day

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, 2014. This year, the theme of the International Museum Day is “Museum Collections Make Connections.” Our rich heritage, which museums both display and protect, is associated with inventiveness and vitality, both of which have characterized the museum sector in recent years and are museum’s greatest strengths.

Celebrate International Museum Day in Birmingham by checking out Delacroix and the Matter of Finish on its last day! Also, make your own connection to our collection by going on a docent-led tour of our galleries.

Special events for the day include:

Last day of Delacroix and the Matter of Finish – bring a friend!
Sunday lunch in Oscar’s, 11AM-2PM
Bart’s ArtVenture open, noon-5PM
Slow Art Sunday, 2PM
Romanticism in the Museum’s Collection tour, 3PM

BMA Speaks

In honor of Mother’s Day, this BMA Speaks will celebrate the mothers in our lives and women around the world. Birmingham mover and shaker Sharrif Simmons hosts this evening of spoken word.

Cash bar opens at 6:30PM. Email Associate Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood at kpgreenwood@artsbma.org for more information.

ArtBreak: Replicating the Museum’s Asian Collection in Virtual 3D

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is presented by Corey Shum, Techinal Director at UAB’s Enabling Technology Lab. He will discuss how he replicated pieces in the Museum’s Asian collection using 3D printing and virtual technologies.

Slow Art Sunday: Sun Mountain

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Emily Omura takes a closer look at Helen Frankenthaler’s Sun Mountain.