Visiting with Young Children
What can I do?
The museum offers a number of experiences for families. Free scavenger hunts can be picked up at the information desk. Free programming options include Thursday Art Stories, Sunday Open Studios for Families, and Play Days. Visit clevelandart.org/learn to discover more.
Preschoolers are curious, so exploring treasures together will excite that curiosity and set the stage for amazing conversations. Our staff members are trained to work with children, and are happy to answer your child’s questions.
I want to touch it!
Children can easily grasp the concept that an art object could be damaged if everybody touched it. Preparing them ahead of time to speak in calm voices and look with eyes and not hands helps them to understand how special our art treasures are.
What is that made of?
This question can lead to a discussion of different materials you may have in your home, and how artists use many ordinary things to make extraordinary works of art.
Why is the sky blue (red, yellow, etc.)?
Explain to your child that artists use their imaginations when creating their works, so we can be free to use our imaginations when viewing them.
Small children tire easily. Strollers are welcome in the galleries and we have a limited supply at the coat check in the north lobby if you have forgotten yours. “Baby backpacks” are not permitted. Try to time your visit when your child is fresh and rested. Plan to stay no more than 45 minutes, so you will leave before interest lags. Rest on a bench or the floor in a gallery and talk about a special object. All levels are accessible by elevators. Parking is safe, close, and convenient.
I need to go to the bathroom!
Convenient facilities, including changing tables, will help make your visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art a pleasant one. Just ask a guard for directons to the nearest restroom.
When you're ready for a break, Provenance Café is stocked with child-friendly treats. High chairs are available.
I want to go back!
Come as often as you like! There is always more to see and do at the Cleveland Museum of Art! Admission to the galleries is always free, but some special exhibitions have a fee.