The Phillips Collection welcomes visitors of all ages on-site and online.
Enjoy these activities with your families
- Visit the Family Gallery located on the second floor of the Phillips House. Look closely at paintings, read a book, play a game, and relax on the couch.
- Learn about Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and create your own #Panel61
Use our self-guides to explore the collection, in the galleries or online.
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Tips for Your Visit
Optional stroller parking is available at the discretion of Philips Collection staff in the designated areas adjacent to the museum’s coat check. Spaces are unreserved and dependent on availability. The Phillips Collection is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
Before your visit, browse the collection online to discover which of your favorite paintings are on view. To prepare children for their visit and build anticipation, show them pictures of a few paintings they will see at the museum. When you arrive, make a game of searching for these paintings, asking: How is the original different from the online image? What surprises you?
Remind children to not touch the works of art. Natural oils on our hands can damage them. Please stay two feet away from the art.
THE ART OF CONVERSATION WITH CHILDREN!
To engage your children in thoughtful conversations about art, try these prompts:
- LOOK closely. What shapes can you find in the paintings?
- IMAGINE you could step into a painting. Use your 5 senses to explore.
- SHARE your favorite painting in this gallery. How do the colors make you feel?
TAKE A BREAK
Take a break in the courtyard (weather permitting).
Feel free to sit on the furniture or on the floor to engage with the artworks. Strollers are welcome in the museum, except for the Rothko Room. Changing tables are in the restrooms on Sant Building Lower Levels 1 and 2 and House Floor 2L. Museum staff can help with directions.
Coloring & Activity Pages
- Design your own exhibition with these coloring pages of the Phillips’s galleries by artist Racquel Keller
- Landscapes and streetscapes coloring pages from the collection by artist Racquel Keller
- Family scenes and still lifes from the collection by artist Racquel Keller
- Get creative with these activity pages based on our collection and exhibitions
- Learn about Jacob Lawrence with this activity kit
Art Activity Tutorials
- Exploring a Tabletop: Slow looking and sketching activity
- Jump In!: Slow looking and collage activity
- Creating Memories and Sharing Dreams: Slow looking and coloring activity
- How to Make a Musical Maraca
- Storytelling and Perspective with Jacob Lawrence
- Ossorio Experiments
- Changing Seasons with van Gogh
- Personal Portraits with Alex Katz
- Sense of Space with Juan Gris
- Community with Heinrich Campendonk
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