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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 Tours: Flights of Fancy

Family Tours: Flights of Fancy

May 19, 2015

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?

Flights of Fancy: Discover fantastical creatures in the exhibition, Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming, and look for whimsy in the Museum collection!

Bart’s Art Cart: Play with Clay

Bart’s Art Cart: Play with Clay

May 16, 2015

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!

Play with Clay: Create a sculpture in the whimsical manner of Frank Fleming! Use self-hardening clay to create an animal, a make-believe figure, or whatever comes to mind!

Bart’s Books: Clay Boy

Bart’s Books: Clay Boy

May 16, 2015

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 Mirra Ginsburg’s Clay Boy.

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

Family Tours: Flights of Fancy

Family Tours: Flights of Fancy

May 12, 2015

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?

Flights of Fancy: Discover fantastical creatures in the exhibition, Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming, and look for whimsy in the Museum collection!

Bart’s Art Cart: Play with Clay

Bart’s Art Cart: Play with Clay

May 9, 2015

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!

Play with Clay: Create a sculpture in the whimsical manner of Frank Fleming! Use self-hardening clay to create an animal, a make-believe figure, or whatever comes to mind!

Family Tours: Flights of Fancy

Family Tours: Flights of Fancy

May 5, 2015

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?

Flights of Fancy: Discover fantastical creatures in the exhibition, Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming, and look for whimsy in the Museum collection!

Museum Ball: Museum Closed All Day

May 2, 2015

Please note that the Museum will be closed all day due to set up for the Museum Ball. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

The Museum will reopen during normal hours on Sunday, May 3 at noon.

Museum Ball: Second Floor Closed All Day

May 1, 2015

Please note that the second floor of the Museum, including galleries, the café, Bart’s ArtVenture, and the Museum Store, will be closed today due to Museum Ball set up.

The third floor galleries and gardens will remain open.

Museum Ball: Second Floor Closed, Café and Store Open Until 2PM

April 30, 2015

Please note that the second floor of the Museum, including galleries and Bart’s ArtVenture, will be closed today due to Museum Ball set up. Oscar’s Café and the Museum Store will remain open until 2PM.

The third floor galleries and gardens will remain open.

Museum Ball: Second Floor Closes at 2PM

April 29, 2015

Please note that the second floor of the Museum, including galleries, the café, Bart’s ArtVenture, and the Museum Store, will close today at 2PM due to Museum Ball set up.

The third floor galleries and gardens will remain open.

Family Tour: Kids At Play!

Family Tour: Kids At Play!

April 28, 2015

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?

Kids At Play! See all the shenanigans kids get into, as displayed in works of art from our collection.

Drop-in Tours

April 26, 2015

The Museum is an official partner of this year’s Magic City Art Connection! Come visit us for free tours and an art workshop during the festival!

Here is the tour schedule for Saturday:

1-1:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA
3-3:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA

Drop-in Tours

April 26, 2015

The Museum is an official partner of this year’s Magic City Art Connection! Come visit us for free tours and an art workshop during the festival!

Here is the tour schedule for Saturday:

1-1:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA
3-3:30PM // Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming or Discovering the BMA

Magic City Art Connection Workshop

Magic City Art Connection Workshop

April 26, 2015

The Museum is an official partner of this year’s Magic City Art Connection! Come visit us for free tours and an art workshop during the festival!

Frank Fleming’s Between Fantasy and Reality exhibit features funny and fascinating sculptures produced between 1970-1985, a period when Fleming worked primarily with clay, stoneware, and ceramics. Animals with human fingers and toes, and cakes covered in tongues are just a few of the works featured in Fleming’s early work. Inspired by these sculptures at the Birmingham Museum of Art we will be making our own fantasy creatures. Craft your own paper animal or human body, hands & feet, and hold the puppet rods to make it dance to the music. Perhaps no one has ever seen a unicorn with duck feet and walrus tusks, but your shadow puppet can be the first!

Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Start Challenge Closes

Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Start Challenge Closes

April 26, 2015

Every year, students from across the city, in grades 6-12, come to the Museum to display their innovative fashion designs. Students are asked to get creative with their pieces, using very unconventional materials. This year’s designs are up to the challenge, featuring cartons of buttermilk, trash bags, fishing nets, stamps, and more!

Click here to see some of the designs as students set up their creations at the Museum.