Why can’t we touch the art?
Even clean hands leave fingerprints that degrade materials over time.
Please tell your children they can protect the works of art by just using eyes, ears, and minds! Remember to stay at least an arm's length away from art objects.
What about food? Food and drink attract bugs that can cause damage, so please no food or drink in the museum.
Instead, join us in Rozzelle Court Restaurant, our 15th-century Italian style courtyard!
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday
Dinner: 5-10:30 p.m., Friday
Brunch: Noon-3 p.m., Sunday
On a nice day, pack a picnic and eat outdoors in the Kansas City Sculpture Park!
What can we bring with us? Backpacks, bags or large purses must be carried by hand or worn over one shoulder. Or, they may be stored for free in the Bloch Lobby Coat Check.
Can we bring sketchpads? Families can bring paper and pencils and sketch your favorite art objects in the museum. Please, no pens, paint, crayons or markers allowed.
Are family restrooms available? Yes, they are located on the Lobby Level near Atkins Auditorium. Changing stations are located in every woman’s restroom and in the men’s restroom on the Plaza level of the Nelson-Atkins Building.
A trip to the Nelson-Atkins can be a lot of fun! Try playing some gallery games to develop your children’s interest in art.
Look and Remember
Have your child pick their favorite art object. Ask them to look closely at it for two minutes. Next, have them turn around while you ask them questions about the art object. Start with easy questions to test their memories. Gradually become specific to make the game more challenging! Then change places and take turns.
Have your child secretly choose an art object within a gallery. Begin to ask “yes or no” questions until you discover the art object your child picked. You only get twenty questions!
Swing by the Museum Store and have your child pick out a few of their favorite postcards. Then go on a hunt to find the art objects in the museum. The postcards are souvenirs of their visit and can be collected in an album.
Sketch in the Galleries
Take a seat and have your children sketch a few of their favorite art objects. Encourage them to look closely at patterns, shapes and lines.
Ask questions that allow children to use their imaginations.
Wi-Fi: Available throughout the museum.
Family Bathrooms: Located on the Lobby level near the Atkins Auditorium.
Changing Stations: Located in every woman’s restroom and in the men’s restroom on the Plaza level of the Nelson-Atkins building.