Activity Spaces

Children and grown-ups are invited to creatively play at the museum in a variety of ways. In-gallery arts activity spaces are designed to enable children and their grown-ups to learn about the museum’s permanent collection alongside one another.

African Arts Activity Space

Learn about the significance of objects found in the permanent African collection by reading books, completing a magnetic geographic puzzle, weaving paper, taking a photo with an African mask using the newly installed Mr. Mask iPad application, and much more.

Activities in the space change periodically and are designed as self-guided experiences. Facilitators activate the space during Hold It! and other special events. The African Arts Activity Space is located on Floor 3 near the back of the permanent African galleries.

Textile and Fashion Arts Activity Space

From fibers to fashion. Touch an assortment of fibers used to produce different fabrics. See how dress design evolved from the 1780’s to 1960’s. Watch a video demonstrating hand woven textile production in Africa. Then, use the looms in the space to help us create a community cloth.

Activities in the space change periodically and are designed as self-guided experiences. The Textile and Fashion Arts Activity Space is located on Floor 3 near the back of the Textile and Fashion Arts galleries.

Arts Activity Space educational programming is made possible by BKD, LLP.