hands on areas

Hands on Areas

Bart’s ArtVenture

Bart’s ArtVenture! is the Museum’s state-of-the-art interactive gallery designed for families and visitors with children who want to explore art at their own pace, guided by their own interests. The two family galleries feature more than 15 hands-on learning stations that encourage exploration, discovery, and creativity. Take an ArtVenture with Bart!

  • Explore your creativity
  • Ignite your imagination
  • Discover new ways of looking
  • Create art – new art projects during the year
  • Make cool connections between art, the Museum, and your life
  • Have fun!

Bart’s ArtVenture! is FREE and open to the public during regular Museum hours.

For large groups, one adult chaperone is required for every four children visiting Bart’s ArtVenture, and works with his/her assigned group of children.

What’s New in Bart’s ArtVenture?

 Bart’s Art Cave: The Dreamer’s Path

Walk through your dreams! Explore a new installation by artist Dariana Dervis. The Dreamer’s Path began with a dream:

One snowy night with the moon shining bright,
A buck led me to a cardinal feather in the knot-hole of a tree.

The Dreamer’s Path leads you into an enchanted garden of discovery! A vast array of insects, flora, and fauna delight curious and imaginative minds. Within these garden walls, a spider writes a message in its web, a family of rabbits hides in plain sight, and a gardener’s work of art is revealed. Discover the cardinal feather from the dream, explore Dariana’s enchanted paper garden, and create your own story!

Art Bar Activity: Book-Making With Bart The Art Bat!

Create an art book! Stories are all around us – in art, in life, and in books. How will you decorate your art book? What story will you tell?

Step Into Art

Be sure to visit Bart’s ArtVenture where you can step into an artwork via greenscreen technology, take your photo, and email it home for a cool souvenir of your visit. Join an ancient Chinese horse procession, kick your heels up at a dance party, and discover that Bart’s ArtVenture is the place to be!

Bart’s Lair Under the Stairs

Bart is roosting under the stairs! Find Bart’s Lair on the second floor near the American Gallery. Visit this cozy lair to find cool activities that Bart has developed for all ages. You can explore the Museum’s collection, create a drawing, and discover new ways to look at art. This gallery features different activities during the year.

The Fast Track

Zoom down to Bart’s Lair for The Fast Track! Explore modern lines, fresh designs, and artworks that help you move through life a little faster. Activities connect to the exhibition Vanguard Views, on view in the Arrington Gallery, directly across the hall from the Lair.