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

Sculpture to Go

(for ages 8 and Up)
Designed to engage and energize, the Sculpture to Go pack takes families on a search for sculpture. The pack includes objects to touch, questions to answer, a map to follow, and opportunities to create (it also includes a guide just for adults). Check out a Sculpture to Go pack at the front desk during your next visit to the Snite Museum of Art!

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)
  • Weaving (Native Arts of North America gallery)
  • Animals in Art (Arts of the Americas gallery)

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 free of charge in the Compton Family Ice Arena lot, then ride the free shuttle to McKenna Hall and then walk east to the Museum.

After 4:45 p.m. on weekdays you can park for free in the B1 lot just south of the stadium. On weekends you can park in this lot for free all day (except for the six home football game Saturdays.).

For detailed parking information and maps, please see our Parking Information page.