Comments on: Art Museums + Kids http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:58:58 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Chellae http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-538413 Chellae Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:54:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-538413 My heart skipped a beat when I saw your Dixon painting on pinterest this morning. I’ll be in Utah in a few weeks and can’t wait to get my fill! I used to be a docent there and got to see many things in their archives, too. I remember when they had a dual exhibit years ago with his work with his wife’s, Dorthea Lange, and her famous Depression photography. They were so cool side by side. The postacard idea is for sure going to be one of our BYU activities with our three boys. We spend a fare amount of time in museums living on the East Coast and one thing we often do is play eye spy or count the number of things of a certain color or something like that.

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By: Kristen http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-463081 Kristen Fri, 17 May 2013 21:39:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-463081 We too love museums! This spring we went to Tampa/St. Pete for Spring Break and the weather was cool the first couple of days so we headed to the Salvador Dali museum. We kept seeing a huge billboard with a Dali-esque mustache on it so I tried to explain that the mustache was Dali’s sort of signature. The museum, which was fantastic for kids, offered a scavenger hunt (though I love your idea) and the surrealistic art really fascinated the children. I have a new appreciation for Dali after seeing what an interpreter he was — especially of science and scientific discovery (DNA, Atoms). We left with some moustache souvenirs. Also, with children, I find that it helps if the museum is small(isn) which the Dali is. We also visited the Dale Chihuly museum just down the street from the Dali. Another small but interesting museum. The Chihuly had an exhibit featuring ocean creatures, all made out of glass (vibrantly colored glass). It was glorious and the kids enjoyed it though you may have to tread lightly with smaller children. We live in New York and visit The Met on occasion. I find that it helps if you just go to one or two, possibly three areas in the larger museums and set a time limit. The Egypt collection is fantastic, complete with pyramids, mummies, and sarcophagi (sp?). The Temple of Dendur is not to be missed. Also, we love the Arab Lands exhibit, beautiful. The kids love the contemporary art rooms, so whimsical and weird, they really capture the imagination, challenge your perspective. The kids loved a trick photography exhibit billed as “pre PhotoShop”. Photographers had to manipulate the scene or shot to get a trick photo, e.g. cat face on a human. See http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/faking-it . Extravagant Inventions, another spectacular exhibit at the Met. We just wandered in on the way to another exhibit. See http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/roentgen.

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By: Dee http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-369181 Dee Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:15:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-369181 What a good idea! We have been to a museum this summer, the Chrysler Museum which is local to us. They host a family day which I think makes it easier for my husband or I to stay away with one of our younger two who may be bored or restless looking at the art.

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By: Salt lake lovely http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368575 Salt lake lovely Sat, 14 Jul 2012 03:41:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368575 While in the states you should check out the new Natural History Museum up next to Red Butte Garden. The architecture alone is beautiful and the exhibits are great-lots of interactive ones.

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By: Kristine http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368534 Kristine Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:12:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368534 I have a 2.5 yo and so museums aren’t really great for her, but we did find an art gallery in Santa Fe with lots of bronze sculptures – even my monkey can not break a 200lb bronze sculpture! We had a wonderful time! It really helps that the gallery staff were the least pretentious and most fun people. Not every art gallery would allow a small child to climb and kiss their $20,000 statues!

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By: Catherine http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368433 Catherine Wed, 11 Jul 2012 20:42:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368433 The National Gallery of Art in DC has a book based on The Girl With a Watering Can in Renoir’s painting. She hops out of her painting and travels around the museum making a mess. Reading this as a kid (and now with my nieces and nephews) before our museum trip made it so much fun to follow her story. Not sure if other museums have books like this, but they should!
Link to the book below:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Girl-With-Watering-Can/dp/0915829649/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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By: Erin http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368423 Erin Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:15:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368423 I swear there was a Maynard Dixon exhibit about 8 years ago when I was there…I worked at the Museum of Art, so I remember it. I also love Maynard Dixon–sort of a family thing, where a great-uncle was named after him and also was a painter in his own right. I believe there are some of his pieces floating around my family. I love the soft shapes even in harsh landscapes, I love the reds and oranges, I love the depictions of the places I know (although I’m a Northern Utahn, so mountains are more apt to describe home for me). I’m glad you took your kids–though I’m sure they weren’t all thrilled all the time. Even for adults, it seems like the key to museums is to break it up into chunks, not trying to spend all day in a museum, but coming back a few times to get the whole museum in. I’m one of those who likes to read every description and placard, which would drive any kid crazy! (And most adults, ahem, like my siblings.)

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By: julie r http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368367 julie r Wed, 11 Jul 2012 02:31:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368367 oh you just made me “homesick” for BYU. :) i interned at the BYU MOA and loved, loved, LOVED every minute. Dixon is a favorite of mine too. i love taking my kids to museums as well – i’ll have to remember your postcard trick! thanks!

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By: colleen http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368362 colleen Wed, 11 Jul 2012 01:13:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368362 Loved reading this! A big Design Mom fan, mom of 2 boys and the buyer for the Gallery Store of the wonderful Memorial Art Gallery! I will make sure that our education department reads this. Thanks Claire!!

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By: Lisa http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368355 Lisa Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:26:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368355 I recently took my daughter to MOMA and they have an awesome place called Material Lab right now for kids. There is all sorts of stuff to explore and do there- we could have spent a few hours just in that space. Love it there and she also loved the sculpture garden and the Boetti exhibit. It was such a good time that we decided to join and get a membership. Lots more visits in our future.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368325 Design Mom Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:14:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368325 Good point about the pencils. : )

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368324 Design Mom Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:12:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368324 Wow! That sounds like the coolest museum ever.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368323 Design Mom Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:11:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368323 Thank goodness for phones!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368322 Design Mom Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:10:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368322 We missed it! But we loved the pixel sculptures in the garden. It would be fun to do a photoshoot there.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368321 Design Mom Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:10:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368321 Oh dear! You must have been so surprised and frustrated. I hope it was a fun visit anyway.

I sure love the Van Gogh museum. It’s just the right size.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368320 Design Mom Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:09:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368320 D.C. is such a cool place to visit with kids.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368319 Design Mom Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:08:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368319 I don’t know your mother-in-law but I already like her.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368318 Design Mom Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:08:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368318 Brilliant! Can’t wait to try this.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368317 Design Mom Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:07:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368317 Hah! I learned to love the Hudson River School during our years in Westchester. The light on the river really is stunning. But I can’t help but favor western art!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/art-museums-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-368316 Design Mom Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:06:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20966#comment-368316 Love that tip, Laura!

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