Plan Your Family Visit

We love kids and kids love us! These are our tips and ideas for making sure your visit with children is such a great experience that you will want to return again and again. Pick up our Family Guide to the IMA to start planning your visit.

Things to keep in mind before your visit

  • Consider letting kids make some of the decisions about their visit. Children may appreciate the experience and remember more of what they see if they participate in leading the discovery.
  • Talk with each other about not touching works of art in the galleries or in the gardens. Oil and dirt from our hands damages the art.
  • Browse our collection online with kids to find things that pique their curiosity. Click the art image to find out if a work is currently on view.
  • Need some space for the kids to run? Bring a frisbee, pack a picnic, and explore the IMA’s 152 acres of gardens and grounds, including the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.
  • Check out the Family Activities that may be available on the day of your visit.

Quick Tips for Family Service & Amenities

  • The Welcome Desk is on Floor 1 of the IMA. Stop there to ask questions, and pick up maps and other resources for your visit.
  • Restrooms and drinking fountains are on every floor. Family restrooms with changing tables are located on Floor 1 near the Café and Museum Store.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are located at the coat check on Floor 1 and are available free of charge.
  • Healthy and child-friendly food and beverages are available in the Café for purchase. Food and beverages are may not be taken above Floor 1.
  • A nursing station is available on Floor 1 of the IMA near the Café.
  • Have questions? Please feel free to ask any of the IMA’s staff members in the galleries or at the Welcome Desk. We are here to assist you!