Children and Family Programs
Visitor's Guide for Families
Does the museum accomodate strollers?
Yes. However, during COVID-19, PAFA's coat check spaces will be temporarily closed, so please be prepared to keep diaper bags, kids coats, and other bulky items together during your visit.
Are there family-friend restrooms?
Yes. Both of PAFA's museum buildings have family restrooms available with changing tables and space for strollers.
Can we take photographs and selfies during our visit?
Non-flash photography is permitted in PAFA's galleries. Feel free to tag us online at #pafamuseum
Does the museum have tips for talking about art with my children?
PAFA encourages parents to ask questions like "What do you think is going on in this painting and what makes you say that?" to help young visitors develop their own vocabulary around art. PAFA also provides a downloadable Family Gallery Guide of the permanent collection which has activities for children to do during a visit to the museum. (Please note: Only pencils may be used in the galleries.)
Are all PAFA exhibitions appropriate for my child?
Some PAFA exhibitions are geared more toward adults and PAFA's tradition of celebrating the human figure does include classical nudes at times. Ultimately, this is a personal preference and parents are encouraged to preview exhibitions or to contact the Museum Education to learn more about what objects are on view.
How should my children behave in the museum galleries?
Your child should look, talk, laugh, question, play, and explore during their museum visit. We encourage active learning of all kinds, so feel free to encourage your child to act out poses from paintings, sketch with pencil and paper, tell stories and to do all of it sitting on the floor if that's where they are comfortable. We ask that you be cognizant of the experience of other visitors in a shared space and make sure there is no running or touching, but please, have fun!
Family Arts Academy at PAFA is made possible with support from the 1830 Family Foundation, the Amaranth Foundation, the Connelly Foundation, and The Lindback Foundation.
Saturday Classes for Middle School Students are made possible through the generous funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
The School and Community Partnership Program is funded by grants from the William Penn Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, with additional generous support provided by the Fleischner Family Foundation and Dale and Richard Levy.
PAFA offers programs for artists and art lovers of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about and make art.