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Art Splash 2017

Art Splash Gets Wild

June 27–September 4, 2017
Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Main building

A summer of creative play for the whole family

Find your inner animal at the Museum. Journey through the wild at Art Splash, where kids and their grown-ups can experience daily gallery explorations, studio art creations, and imaginative play inspired by the wildlife photographs of Michael Nichols. Share your experience @philamuseum #ArtSplash.

Museum admission for kids 12 and under is always free. Art Splash programs are drop-in and free with Museum admission unless noted otherwise.

Play Every Day (Tuesday–Sunday)

Family fun all summer long
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Splash Studio (10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)
Perfect for all ages
Welcome to Art Splash headquarters. Make art, read a book, or burn off some energy through creative play. There’s always something new to do—studio projects inspired by Wild: Michael Nichols change all summer.

Family Tours (11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.)
Ages 3–5 & 6–10
Look, learn, and tell us what you think on these hands-on tours.

Art Cart (Noon–3:00 p.m.)
Perfect for all ages
Play looking games, make art, and meet the animals that live in our galleries.

Spend the Summer with Us

Programs change all summer long. Come back again and again to explore animals that . . .

Splash June 27–July 9
Prowl July 11–23
Climb July 25–August 6
Fly August 8–20
Play August 22–September 4

Plan Your Family’s Visit
Art Splash is in the main building; Splash Studio is on the first floor. Enter through gallery 100 or the Wild exhibition. Parking Garage on Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive, outside the West Entrance. Explore our dining options.

Please note: The Museum will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Wild: Michael Nichols

Discover the wild through the photographs of Michael “Nick” Nichols, who captures the natural world at its most spectacular. See apes, lions and tigers, elephants, and some of the most remote places on earth.

For Kids, By Kids
While you’re at the Wild exhibition, pick up an audio guide and hear kids interviewing Nichols about his adventures.

On the Loose
Animals are hiding all over the Museum. Follow clues to track them down and discover hands-on activities.

Explore More Art Splash Events

Baby Bird Playdate
Tuesdays, June 27–September 1, 2017; and Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in Education Studios 1 & 2
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

Play at the Museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​

Family Date Night

Art Splash stays up late on Final Fridays.

  • Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 28, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 25, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Family Festival: Explorer of the World
Sunday, July 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Make art, explore Wild: Michael Nichols, and sing along with Frances England as she performs songs from her Grammy-nominated album, Explorer of the World.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Splash Studio
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Musical performances by Frances England

Storytime in the Galleries
Wednesdays, June 28–August 30, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
Meets in the Splash Studio
Best for ages 6 and under

Get comfy and listen to a story that connects with a work of art.

Family Art Workshop
Location: South Terrace Education Classroom B
Kids ages 6–12 with an adult
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per person- both grownup and child must pay to attend
Call 215-235-7469 to reserve

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy creative time as a family. Workshops include gallery conversations followed by collaborative art-making in the studios. Each class is offered twice and explores a wide variety of media.

  • Paw Prints
    • Saturday, July 8, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Saturday, July 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        Get your paws dirty in this printing workshop. Explore patterns and textures in the Wild exhibition. Then use our printing press to create a wild environment of your own, along with your own animal stamp.
    • Wild about Painting
      • Saturday, July 22, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        • Saturday, July 29, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
          Get in touch with your wild side while experimenting with paint. Find inspiration in paintings of animals and in the wild life photography of Michael Nichols, then paint your own wild masterpiece in the studio

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups with babies

Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are always welcome in our galleries, and we're making it a bit easier for you with our stroller tours. If the baby fusses don't fret -- you'll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Sensory-Friendly Mornings
Location: Dorrance Galleries
Free tickets required after Museum admission
Space is limited. To book your spot, call 215-684-7606.

Designed for families with children on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory sensitivities. Specially trained Museum staff lead all activities.

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Family Festival: Move Like an Animal
Sunday, August 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Slither, crawl, or hop to movement workshops led by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. Sketch and pose like an animal with Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Splash Studio
11:00 a.m., noon & 1:00 p.m. Mini-Performances by Almanac
12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Dr. Sketchy

Members Get More
Join today and be the first to experience Art Splash during Members’ Previews, June 23–25. Plus, enjoy unlimited free Museum admission year-round.

Group Visits
Summer camps and groups are welcome to visit the Museum with advance registration. Learn more >>


Art Splash is presented by PNC Arts Alive, with additional support from The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mari and Peter Shaw.

Family festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

Support for Wild: Michael Nichols is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts with additional support from Leslie Miller and Richard Worley, National Geographic, Lyn M. Ross, Lynne and Harold Honickman, Donna D. and Marvin Schwartz, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Anderson, Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, Mrs. Susannah D. Rouse, Constance and Sankey Williams, an anonymous donor, and other generous donors.

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