With free admission for all, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are perfect for a family outing! We offer several resources designed with kids in mind that you can use in the galleries and online.

Check out our family events calendar to see upcoming offerings at the museums.


Ideas for Your Art Adventure

Kids’ favorites. Use activity cards to explore kid-approved artworks in our collections. Pick up a set at an information desk, located at any museum entrance, or print them out before your visit.

Listen in. Learn more about kids’ favorite objects with Freer Thinking, our free audio app for use in the museums or at home.

Look and draw. Borrow a sketch kit from the information desk.


Family Resources

Get started. Explore the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art on your own! Visit an information desk at any museum entrance to pick up a free map, family guide, and activity cards. 

Store your bags and coats. Use the free lockers in either museum.

Babies and toddlers. Changing stations are located in all of the restrooms in the Freer and in the Sackler on level B2. Strollers and front-worn baby carriers are permitted in the galleries.

Take breaks. Sit on a bench or on the floor when you look at art. Enjoy the fresh air in the Freer’s central courtyard. 

Food and drink. The closest kid-friendly food can be found inside the Smithsonian Castle, located next to the Freer and Sackler in the Haupt Garden.


Family Programs

Open Studios

All ages with adult companions
Enjoy an art-filled afternoon in the Sackler’s ImaginAsia Studio. Discover artworks on a family gallery walk, and work as a group on an art project to take home. Open Studio programs take place on select weekends year-round.

Art & Me Workshops

Ages 3 to 5 with adult companions
Advanced registration required
Art & Me workshops provide an early experience in the museums for preschool-age children. Programs are led by museum educators and may include stories from picture books, explorations of art materials, and guided gallery visits.

Family Workshops

Ages 6 to 12 with adult companions
Advanced registration required
School-age children and their families enjoy focused, age-appropriate experiences in the galleries and ImaginAsia Studio. Workshop themes change regularly and often highlight special exhibitions. Activities may include studio projects, storytelling, poetry writing, puppetry, music, and dance.

Celebrations

All ages with adult companions
Come celebrate with us! Bring the whole family to our festivals that highlight traditions from the many countries represented in our collections. Enjoy a day filled with art-making, music, dance, and more.

Summer Camps

Ages 7 to 12
Advanced registration required
Once school is out, the Freer|Sackler partners with the Smithsonian Associates to provide children with creative opportunities. Each camp includes interactive gallery activities, drama and team-building exercises, exposure to a variety of art materials, and projects related to Asian art and culture.

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