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Art Splash: Explore, Create, and Play All Summer Long

This summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main building will be transformed into a hot spot for kids and their grown-ups. Families can "Meet the Masterpieces" all summer long as ten treasures from the Museum's collection 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.


Join in the Art Splash fun and make your own masterpiece >>
Tag your work #artsplash to share with your Museum friends!


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Group visits require advance registration; call (215) 684-7580 or e-mail .

Art Splash is presented by PNC Arts Alive. Additional generous support is provided by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sondra and Martin Landes, Jr., Jaimie and David Field, Elizabeth Kapnek Grenald, Mrs. Eugene W. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Thalheimer, and John and Theresa Rollins. Family Celebrations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are supported by The Victory Foundation.



Meet a Different Masterpiece Every Week

Explore a different highlight from the collection each week with Art Splash gallery programs and Splash Studio projects. Come back throughout the summer to meet all ten masterpieces.



Medieval Worlds

August 19–24, 2014
Walk through a stone archway into the Middle Ages and discover a world of winged lions, grinning gargoyles, and meditative monks.

View the Medieval Worlds events >>

Splash Studio
East Balcony, Second Floor
Perfect for all ages

Let your creativity soar at the Splash Studio, a family destination where people of all ages can drop in and create art together. Build with blocks, curl up with a book, or just chill out in a bean bag chair in our Art Splash Playspace. Plus, Museum educators are out and about in the galleries all summer with stories to tell, games to play, and tricks up their sleeves for our Pop up Mini Tours.

  • Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Baby Bird Playdate
Friday, August 22, 2014
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Splash Studio on the East Balcony, Second Floor
Best for babies, toddlers, and their grown-ups

Bring your baby birds for some arty playtime. Enjoy a relaxed environment, circle time with music, books, and games, and the company of other art-loving adults.

Family Gallery Tour
Meet at the Splash Studio on the East Balcony, Second Floor
Best for ages 6—10

Discover the Museum’s collection on these interactive tours led by Museum educators.

  • Friday, August 22, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 24, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Tours for Tots
Meet at the Splash Studio on the East Balcony, Second Floor
Best for ages 3—5

Movement, play, and hands-on activities make up these fun tours designed especially for young visitors and their families.

  • Friday, August 22, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 24, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Gallery Games
Best for ages 6-10

Each week the Art Splash cart will be in the galleries bringing a different masterpiece to life. Enjoy treasure hunts, looking games, sketching, and hands-on activities.

  • Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Family Art Workshop
Location: Education Studio I
Kids ages 6+ with an adult
Reservations required
$10 per person plus General Admission ($8 members)
Space is limited. Tuition is non-refundable.

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy creative time as a family. Workshops include gallery conversations followed by collaborative art-making in the studios. Projects change weekly and explore a wide variety of media.

  • Clay Gargoyles
    • Saturday, August 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Tea and Treasure

August 26–September 1, 2014
Bid farewell to Art Splash with a week celebrating the art of Asia.

View the Tea and Treasure events >>

Splash Studio
East Balcony, Second Floor
Perfect for all ages

Let your creativity soar at the Splash Studio, a family destination where people of all ages can drop in and create art together. Build with blocks, curl up with a book, or just chill out in a bean bag chair in our Art Splash Playspace. Plus, Museum educators are out and about in the galleries all summer with stories to tell, games to play, and tricks up their sleeves for our Pop up Mini Tours.

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Baby Bird Playdate
Splash Studio on the East Balcony, Second Floor
Best for babies, toddlers, and their grown-ups

Bring your baby birds for some arty playtime. Enjoy a relaxed environment, circle time with music, books, and games, and the company of other art-loving adults.

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Family Gallery Tour
Meet at the Splash Studio on the East Balcony, Second Floor
Best for ages 6—10

Discover the Museum’s collection on these interactive tours led by Museum educators.

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 29, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 30, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 1, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m. (CANCELED), and 3:30 p.m. (CANCELED)

Tours for Tots
Meet at the Splash Studio on the East Balcony, Second Floor
Best for ages 3—5

Movement, play, and hands-on activities make up these fun tours designed especially for young visitors and their families.

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 29, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 30, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 1, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m. (CANCELED), and 3:30 p.m. (CANCELED)

Gallery Games
Best for ages 6-10

Each week the Art Splash cart will be in the galleries bringing a different masterpiece to life. Enjoy treasure hunts, looking games, sketching, and hands-on activities.

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 30, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 1, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CANCELED)

Night Owl Read and Look
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Meet at the Splash Studio on the East Balcony, Second Floor
Best for ages 3-7

Enjoy a pre-bedtime story, art project, and imaginative play in the galleries. Pajamas welcome!

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