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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. For more information, email

Free for members
Free with admission for non-members

Homeschool Studio Sessions

COMING SOON! Come create artwork at The James Museum! We are offering a six-session studio art program for homeschooled students beginning in the Fall. This program will be best suited for children ages 6-11. Students will explore a wide range of materials in the classroom as well as spend time in the museum’s galleries. All students will have hands on experiences with painting, working with clay, drawing from observation, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media.

Lil Buckaroos – Ages 4 and under

COMING SOON! Come take a casual stroll through the galleries with your infant or toddler on a 30 minute docent led tour. Experience the collection with other children and their caretakers in a relaxed environment. Afterwards, head to the children’s studio for some creative “playtime” to simulate the five senses along with coffee, tea, and conversation. This program is intended to meet the needs of both caretakers and their infants/toddlers.


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

    Please stay together. Experiencing the museum is more enjoyable with your family and friends. We suggest adults to hold hands with younger children in 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. We want to keep you and the artwork safe.

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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.

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art