Families

Family discussing a painting in the 18th century European galleryFamily discussing a painting in the 18th century European gallery

Families are welcome at the Snite Museum of Art! There’s so much to see you probably won’t be able to cover it all in one day. When you arrive, pick up a map and feel free to ask one of our front desk staff for additional information. 

Programs

Family Day

Explore the galleries, get up close and personal with works of art, and get your creative juices flowing making your own work of art. Plan to get inspired at the Snite Museum of Art! Family Days occur annually each summer.

Resources

A Look & A Book

(for ages 4 & Up)
Each tote bag focuses on a different work of art in the collection and includes questions to get everyone looking closely, a fun picture book to read together, and an in-gallery activity.

Available bags include:

  • Pottery (Native Arts of North America gallery)
  • African Body Masks (African Art gallery)
  • Bronco Buster (American Art gallery)
  • Portraits (18th Century European Art gallery)

Snite Bingo

(for all ages)
Challenge your observation skills as you walk through the galleries together.  Can you find artworks to match the descriptions on your Bingo card?  Who will be the first to yell "BINGO?"

Tips for Visiting with Your Family

  • Don't try to see everything at once. Take it slow and take lots of breaks. Snack breaks, bathroom breaks, and brain breaks all help to make a potentially overwhelming experience manageable.
  • Take advantage of one of the above in-gallery family resources to help guide your visit.
  • Know the museum guidelines:
    • ​Use your eyes, not your hands. Touching of any work of art is not allowed—this includes the walls and pedestals on which artworks are displayed.
    • Food and beverage are not permitted in the galleries.
    • Bags, purses, and backpacks larger than 11 x 15 inches must be left in the coatroom or stored in a locker (which are available free of charge).
    • Coats not placed in the coatroom must be worn, not carried or tied around the waist.​
    • Photography of artworks that the Museum owns is allowed (without flash).  Keep an eye out for the no photography symbol in special exhibitions.  When in doubt, ask a security guard if you can take a photo.
    • The Snite Museum welcomes visitors to use its collection for study, inspiration, and enjoyment. Sketching with pencil and paper (without an easel) is allowed in the galleries. Only dry media in pencil form (charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, etc.) may be used.
  • Restrooms (including a family restroom) are located on the lower level.
  • Drinking fountains can be found on the first floor and the lower level.
  • Most importantly...have fun!

Where to Park

During the week, enter campus from the south and park in one of the C lots south of the Stadium.  There is a fee to park in these lots before 4:00 p.m.
 
The parking pay station can be found in the C lot right next to the architecture building (currently under construction).
 
After 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends you can park for free in any of the un-gated lots south of the stadium. 
 
For detailed parking information and maps, please see our Parking Information page.