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Kids and Families

Kids and their families have so much to explore at the BMA! Travel to faraway lands, make history come alive, and discover the world of art together in our galleries and family spaces. From family tours and art activities to cultural celebrations on special Family Days, there’s always something new to do. Make plans to visit during one of our many family programs, or stop by anytime for free fun in Bart’s ArtVenture and Bart’s Lair Under the Stairs.

Family Tour: Serve It Up!

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?

Serve It Up! What do you use to eat? Explore the Museum for all items. Hester Bateman created fancy silver items for people to use in the 1700s. Her artworks are some of many in the Museum that are used for food. How are other objects in the Museum the same, or different? Explore different cultures with a Museum educator. Come back to Bart’s ArtVenture to create something fancy for your table at home.

Southern Samurai

Samurai, armor, swords, and more! Join Bart and our samurai armor to celebrate the exhibition, Lethal Beauty. Taste tea, make art, and celebrate samurai and Japanese culture.

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 the final after-hours event to see Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor!

5-9PM // Open galleries

5-9PM // Tapas and cocktails 

5:30-7:30PM // Drop-in Suminagashi & Sakura with Toby Richards, Artist-in-Residence: Try your hand at Suminagashi, a Japanese process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful.
Or create sakura (cherry blossom) blow painting using no brushes! Widely celebrated in Japanese literature, poetry, and art, sakura carries layered meanings. Because they bloom briefly, the blossoms are often seen as a metaphor for the ephemeral beauty of living. In the 19th century, audiences in the U.S. and around the world embraced sakura as a particularly Japanese cultural hallmark.
Make one or both at this drop-in session!

6-8PM // Blacksmithing Demonstration: Long time Alabama Forge Council member Lyle Wynn will create small, forged items in an outdoor demonstration. Wynn is the resident blacksmith at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland, MS. He teaches beginner to advanced students all manner of blacksmithing skills. As a professional showing artist he travels to shows around Mississippi and the Southeast. He has been an invited, featured demonstrator at many blacksmithing conferences around the country and has assisted well known blacksmith Brian Brazael.

6PM // Public Talk and Demonstration: The Way of the BowEdwin Symmes, Renshi Godan of Kyudo, will hold a public talk and demonstration on The Way of the Bow (Kyu ba no michi). In ancient times, the Japanese warriors were referred to as “kyu ba no michi” (the way of the bow and horse). Even though it is the sword that has become synonymous with the samurai, it is actually the bow and the arrow that were their first weapons of lethal beauty. Symmes sensei will discuss both the beauty and deadliness of the Japanese bow and arrows. In the demonstration, he will show how to shoot the asymmetrical bow, explain how the glove is used to facilitate shooting, and describe the arrows.

7PM // Film Screening: Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003), 111 minutes, Quentin Tarantino

Family Tour: Serve It Up!

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?

Serve It Up! What do you use to eat? Explore the Museum for all items. Hester Bateman created fancy silver items for people to use in the 1700s. Her artworks are some of many in the Museum that are used for food. How are other objects in the Museum the same, or different? Explore different cultures with a Museum educator. Come back to Bart’s ArtVenture to create something fancy for your table at home.

Bart’s Art Cart: Folded Foil Fun!

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

In August, we will head to the sculpture garden to check out Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels and then make our own! A vessel is an object that holds something. Go see what Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels hold, and create your own piece using pieces of foil. What will yours hold?

Family Tour: What Does a Warrior Wear?

Meet in the Main Lobby.

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?

What does a Warrior Wear? Samurai aren’t our only warriors! Go beyond Japan to find them. A warrior is someone who is experienced and successful in fighting. They are strong, brave, and all around us! What kind of warriors will you find in the Museum? You may see the armor they wear, you may see them in an artwork, or you may see them as a sculpture. How will you define warrior after the tour? Continue into Bart’s ArtVenture to make your own wearable armor, inspired by our Japanese samurai warriors!

Bart’s Art Cart: Folded Foil Fun!

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

In August, we will head to the sculpture garden to check out Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels and then make our own! A vessel is an object that holds something. Go see what Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels hold, and create your own piece using pieces of foil. What will yours hold?

Family Tour: What Does a Warrior Wear?

Meet in the Main Lobby.

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?

What does a Warrior Wear? Samurai aren’t our only warriors! Go beyond Japan to find them. A warrior is someone who is experienced and successful in fighting. They are strong, brave, and all around us! What kind of warriors will you find in the Museum? You may see the armor they wear, you may see them in an artwork, or you may see them as a sculpture. How will you define warrior after the tour? Continue into Bart’s ArtVenture to make your own wearable armor, inspired by our Japanese samurai warriors!

Bart’s Art Cart: Folded Foil Fun!

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

In August, we will head to the sculpture garden to check out Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels and then make our own! A vessel is an object that holds something. Go see what Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels hold, and create your own piece using pieces of foil. What will yours hold?

Bart’s Books: I, Doko

Bart’s Books is a storytelling program for children ages 4-7. Bart selects a new book and related work of art each month that he thinks kids will enjoy.

This month, Bart has selected Ed Young’s I Doko: The Tale of a Basket

Bart’s Books is sponsored by Publix Super Market Charities.

Family Tour: What Does a Warrior Wear?

Meet in the Main Lobby.

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?

What does a Warrior Wear? Samurai aren’t our only warriors! Go beyond Japan to find them. A warrior is someone who is experienced and successful in fighting. They are strong, brave, and all around us! What kind of warriors will you find in the Museum? You may see the armor they wear, you may see them in an artwork, or you may see them as a sculpture. How will you define warrior after the tour? Continue into Bart’s ArtVenture to make your own wearable armor, inspired by our Japanese samurai warriors!

Bart’s Art Cart: Folded Foil Fun!

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

In August, we will head to the sculpture garden to check out Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels and then make our own! A vessel is an object that holds something. Go see what Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels hold, and create your own piece using pieces of foil. What will yours hold?

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 this month for an evening with our new exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. This is also the first event of our Japanese Film Festival, which is taking place August 7-10. Check our calendar for all films and times.

5-9PM // Open galleries

5-9PM // Tapas and cocktails

5:30-7:30PM // Calligraphy Demonstration

6PM // Curator-led tour of Lethal Beauty with Don Wood, Ph.D., Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art

6:30PM // Drop-in and Draw

7PM // Japanese Film Festival: Harikari 

7PM // Live Music

Family Tour: What Does a Warrior Wear?

Meet in the Main Lobby.

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?

What does a Warrior Wear? Samurai aren’t our only warriors! Go beyond Japan to find them. A warrior is someone who is experienced and successful in fighting. They are strong, brave, and all around us! What kind of warriors will you find in the Museum? You may see the armor they wear, you may see them in an artwork, or you may see them as a sculpture. How will you define warrior after the tour? Continue into Bart’s ArtVenture to make your own wearable armor, inspired by our Japanese samurai warriors!

Bart’s Art Cart: Folded Foil Fun!

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

In August, we will head to the sculpture garden to check out Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels and then make our own! A vessel is an object that holds something. Go see what Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels hold, and create your own piece using pieces of foil. What will yours hold?