Youth + Family Programs

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Programs and Events for All Ages

The James Museum offers a variety of fun and engaging activities for children and families. Whether you join us for a moment of quiet contemplation in our galleries or an activity-filled day, there is plenty to learn and explore on your own or with a group.

Family Days

Bring the kids every second Saturday for fun with a Western and wildlife twist! Enjoy different themed activities each month, including story time in the galleries, a kid-friendly guided tour, a make & take art project, and a chance to explore the museum with a family activity guide.

Free for members
Free with admission for non-members

Art Workshops

Spring Break Family Art-ventures
March 11-15, 1-4p.m.

When school is out, fun is in at The James! Visit the gallery and get messy in our children’s studio with artmaking inspired by the museum’s collection.  Explore the art of watercolor painting and try different techniques; such as watercolor resist and salt texture. Drop in at your convenience and join the fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Art Camp

Come get messy at art camp!

Let your imagination soar as you explore the museum’s galleries, create original artworks, and showcase your masterpieces in a special exhibition each week. Learn about the museum’s collection while honing skills in drawing, painting, sculpting and more! Led by professional art instructors, camps inspire out-of-the-box thinking, art appreciation, and hands-on practice with a variety of art materials and methods.

Call for teen volunteers!

Do you love art? Are you interested in working at a museum or exploring careers in education? Either way, we want you here! The James Museum has opportunities for teen volunteers to gain experience in a museum setting by assisting with educational programs and events. For more information, email

Info & Tips for Families

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    Stay Together

    Experiencing the museum is more enjoyable with your family and friends. We suggest adults to hold the hands of children while visiting the galleries.

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    Don’t Forget the Map

    Don’t forget to take a map from the admission desk. Plan on where to meet if anyone is separated. A Visitor Service Associate is always around to help.

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    No Touching

    Look at the art with your eyes and not your hands. Please leave 12 inches of space between you and the art, this is to ensure your and the artwork’s safety.

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    Sketching in the Galleries

    Pencils and sketchbooks are the only drawing tools allowed in the galleries.

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    No Food or Drink

    No food or drink is permitted in the galleries. Please enjoy these inside our café.

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    Say Cheese

    Photography is allowed.  Feel free to share on social media #thejamesmuseum. No flash photography, tripods, video cameras or selfie sticks, please.

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    Water fountains and restrooms are located on the first and second floors. Please refer to our museum map or ask a Visitor Service Associate for help. All restrooms are equipped with diaper changing tables, and are ADA accessible.

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    Pack it & Stash It

    Backpacks may be worn by adults, on the front of your body. Lockers are provided on the first floor across from the admission desk. Children are not permitted to carry backpacks in the galleries.

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    Bundle Up

    Artwork is best conserved at a lower temperature. We recommend bringing a sweater or jacket even if it is warm outside.

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    Slow Down

    Always walk, never run. We don’t want you to miss anything.

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    We have a quiet space for lactation, prayer, and/or sensory breaks.  Please ask a Visitor Service Associate for assistance.

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    Stroller Roll

    Standard strollers are allowed in the galleries.

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    Just Ask!

    Visitor Service Associates are here to help. If you have questions or need assistance while visiting the James Museum. They are the friendly looking staff dressed in black.

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