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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! Visit the Museum this summer and enjoy Philadelphia’s place for creative play. From June 30 to Labor Day, families can adventure through the Museum and discover how artists have been inspired by nature. The collection will come to life through gallery tours, studio art creations, and imaginative play for visitors of all ages. Museum admission for kids twelve and under is always free.

Art Splash is presented by PNC Arts Alive. Generous support is provided by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Julius and Ray Charlestein Foundation, and Origlio Beverage and The Honickman Group, as well as by Steve and Gretchen Burke, Sondra and Martin Landes, Jr., 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 by Robert and Marta Adelson and an anonymous donor.


Play Every Day

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

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

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 7


Explore More Art Splash Events

Baby Bird Playdate
Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

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

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.

Art Splash Author & Illustrator Series

Your favorite children’s books come to life in this interactive series. Mingle with the authors and illustrators, and enjoy inspiring readings. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Flotsam, David Wiesner
    • Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wolfie the Bunny, Ame Dyckman and Zachariah Ohora
    • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Family Workshop
Location: Studio 4
Reservations required
$14 member, $16 nonmember
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. Each class is offered twice and explores a wide variety of media.

You may register in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks or by phone by calling 215-235-7469.
  • Painting Up Close
    • Saturday, July 18, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 25, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Clay Creatures
    • Saturday, August 1, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 8, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Nature Prints
    • Saturday, August 15, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 22, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Great Outdoors
Sunday, August 2, 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 grown-ups 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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