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Art Splash

Art Splash

June 30–September 7, 2015
Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Wednesday until 7:00 p.m.

Art Splash is back! This summer the Museum’s main building will again be transformed into a hot spot for kids and their grown-ups. Families can adventure through the Museum and discover how artists have been inspired by nature. The collection will come to life through gallery explorations, studio art creations, and imaginative play for visitors of all ages. Museum admission for kids twelve and under is always free.


Art Splash is made possible by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Julius and Ray Charlestein Foundation, and Origlio Beverage and The Honickman Group. Additional generous support is provided by Steve and Gretchen Burke, Dr. and Mrs. Horace Barsh, Jaimie and David Field, Deena S. Gerson in honor of Isaac Henry Hohns, an anonymous donor, and other generous sponsors.

The “A is for Art Museum” app is made possible with a gift from Robert and Marta Adelson.


Play Every Day

Art Splash Tour
Enjoy a summer of creative play with the whole family.

Art Splash Gallery
This year Art Splash features a gallery designed especially with families in mind. Explore artwork from the Museum’s collection and interact through play, writing, and creative conversation.

Splash Studio
Let your creativity soar at the Splash Studio, a destination where people of all ages can drop in and create art together. Come throughout the summer to enjoy new art projects inspired by artwork in the Museum.

Family Tours (11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.)
Early Birds (ages 3–5) and Art Explorers (ages 6–10)
Creative play and participatory conversation make these tours the perfect introduction to art for young visitors and their families.

Family Art Cart (Noon–3:00 p.m.)
Museum educators are out and about in the galleries with stories to tell and hands-on activities for everyone. Drop in and watch the collection come to life.

A is for Art Museum
We’ve made a mobile app inspired by the Museum’s beloved picture book A is for Art Museum. Borrow an iPad mini from the Splash Studio and explore the galleries as a family.


Come Back Again and Again

This summer Art Splash’s gallery and studio programs are inspired by the natural world and, like nature, are always changing. Come back throughout the summer to experience it all.

R is for Rivers June 30–July 12
U is for Up Close July 14–26
T is for Trees July 28–August 9
S is for Shadows August 11–23
A is for Animals August 25–September 6


Explore more Art Splash events

Baby Bird Playdate
Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
Location: Preschool Room, ground floor
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

Enjoy circle time with music, games, gallery walks, and the company of other art-loving families.

Rivers and Waterways
Sunday, July 5, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family and enjoy art-making, family tours, and fabulous performances.

Song of the Sea: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Academy Award–nominated Song of the Sea is a breathtaking, hand-drawn animated film that will enthrall adults and children alike. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, this 2014 movie tells the story of the last seal-child who goes on an epic journey to save the world of magic.

Family Festivals at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Victory Foundation.

Stroller Tour (newborns–age 1)
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall/West Lobby

Gallery tours for parents and caregivers with babes in tow. If the baby fusses don’t fret—you’ll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

The Great Outdoors
Monday, August 3, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family and enjoy art-making, family tours, and fabulous performances.

Okee Dokee Brothers: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Grammy award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters.” This three-time Parents’ Choice Award winners’ band makes music that inspires children and their grownups to get outside and get creative.

Family Festivals at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Victory Foundation.

Summer Camps and Community Groups
Each visit includes a guided tour in the galleries and an art project in the studio. Learn more >>

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