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Welcome to the Children’s Museum of the Arts, a hands-on art museum dedicated to engaging young artists ages 10 months-15 years in viewing, making, and sharing art. Stop by during our general hours and you will find a variety of open workshops led by our staff of teaching artists.

Who we are

What is CMA and what can my family do there?

CMA is a non-profit art museum that combines contemporary art exhibitions and hands-on art-making studios for children ages 10 months to 15 years.

  • Your family can explore the current exhibition in our Gallery and join in exhibit-themed workshops.
  • If you head into our Media Lab, your family can learn how to animate or watch a short film made by CMA students.
  • Our very popular Clay Bar offers artists the opportunity to mould their favorite creatures–real or imaginary–out of modeling clay. On busy days, the Clay Bar books up, make sure to come early and reserve your spot. OR become a CMA Member: Each Clay Bar session on the weekend has two spots reserved for Members Only. 
  • Upon request, your child can record a song, speech, or score a soundtrack in our Sound Booth on Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday. 
  • Families with artists under five years old can explore creative materials in our WEE Arts early childhood studio.
  • The Fine Arts Studio is open for your family to paint, draw, sculpt, or sew an original masterpiece.

Workshops change every day, check our calendar for featured workshops. If your child enjoyed their visit, they can also take a class, camp, or private lesson in a range of topics.

Why do we have to pay for admission?

CMA’s general admission price of $12 per person covers all of the workshops and exhibitions throughout the space, including all materials. On average, CMA spends $26 for every person served. So the admission price helps us ensure you have a memorable, authentic arts experience. All of CMA’s fee-based programs provide critical funds to our free community programs, bringing the arts to thousands of low income or at-risk children, in public schools, hospitals, community centers, temporary housing facilities, and in special programs here at CMA. Every visit to CMA helps to support these programs. You can continue to help our mission by donating today.

What to know when planning your visit

What is the age range for the museum?

CMA’s programming has been developed for families with children ages 10 months to 15 years, but our contemporary exhibitions are designed to engage visitors of all ages. We encourage children and adults to make together!

Can I drop my child off at the museum?

Unless your child is signed up for a registered After School semester, Art Colony camp, private lesson, or part of the YAK program, all children must be accompanied by an adult while at CMA.

Is there a limit to how many children can enter the museum with one adult?

One adult is required per every three children that enter the museum.

Are strollers allowed inside the museum?

Strollers are not allowed beyond the CMA Entrance Lobby. In the Lounge we do offer some space to store a few collapsible strollers.

 

All CMA visitors are required to unpack, collapse, and store their strollers in cubbies in the Lounge which is off the Entrance Lobby. Visitors, for both general hours and classes, will no longer be allowed to keep their strollers in the upright position for fire safety reasons. CMA Staff will be happy to help if you need assistance, please ask at the front desk. Any strollers left open and unattended will be folded and put into the upright position.
We hope that CMA provides a pleasant and streamlined experience however we suggest leaving your stroller at home whenever possible.  Thanks very much for your support and understanding.

Do you have a coat/bag check?

There are unsupervised coat closets in the lobby. We do not have lockers or a ticketed coat check. We do not advise leaving anything of value in the coat closets. CMA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

How do I find out what's happening at your museum today? Do we have to sign up for workshops?

CMA’s workshops are designed by our staff of teaching artists and change daily, featuring diverse materials and techniques. We list all gallery workshops, guest artist workshops, and special events on our calendar.

Sign up is only required for the Sound Booth, some gallery workshops, and the Clay Bar. For information on how to sign up for the Clay Bar, please see below.

How do I sign up for the Clay Bar?

The Clay Bar is one of our busiest stations, so sign up upon arrival is required. Here’s how it works on busy days:

  • When you arrive, head to the Clay Bar and sign your child up for a 35 minute session. Please note that to accommodate crowds on very busy days, we stagger our sign up sheet throughout the day .
  • Once you’ve signed up, feel free to drop in on any of our other workshops until your Clay Bar time is scheduled to begin. Make sure to check in at the time of your workshop so that you don’t lose your spot!

Quick tip: The best times to visit the Clay Bar are Mondays during general hours.

Please note: Due to the popularity of this workshop and the limited number of seats, we recommend that families with more than 3 children sign up for multiple sessions. (Note: all children should be 5 years or older) Adults should only stand in line for their own children, not multiple children from multiple families.

What is WEE Arts Drop In for Under 5s?

Drop In is a session held in the WEE Arts studio when the museum is closed to the public. Exclusively for children ages 10 months to 5 years old, drop-in sessions happen every Monday through Friday from 10:45 AM – 12 PM and Wednesday from 1:45-3 PM. These sessions offer young children the chance to create art, sing songs with our staff, or play with Flubber! To learn more, visit our WEE Arts page.

How should I dress? Are smocks provided?

As you will be using paint, glue, and other messy materials, we recommend wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. We do provide some smocks for children to wear.

Do you have any free, or donation based hours?

Yes! You can “Pay As You Wish” every Thursday from 4-6 PM!

Is CMA accessible for special needs?

Yes, CMA is wheelchair accessible and is continuously working towards creating a more inclusive museum environment. To learn more about our access programs, click here.

Is there a space to eat lunch? Do you have neighborhood recommendations?

Yes, the Lounge has tables and chairs where you are welcome to eat a quick snack. We have a limited selection of snacks available for sale at the front desk. Ask at the front desk and we can recommend some of our favorite local restaurants.

Can I leave and come back in?

Yes, you are welcome to take a break and come back to the museum later that same day. Hold onto your admission sticker and receipt for reentry.

Please Note: To best accommodate all our visitors, we do not offer reentry on busy days. Thank you for your cooperation.

Can I bring my class or camp group for a visit?

Yes, our group visits allow for schools and camps to experience a personalized, educational museum tour and workshop session visits must be scheduled in advance. Learn more by visiting our Group Visits page.

Can other large groups receive a discount for general hours?

Unfortunately, we do not offer discounts to groups other than our school and camp group visits.

Is there a social story or visual guide to the museum for my family to review?

Yes! Download our Social Story to help your family prepare for your visit to CMA!

Your child's work

I made a recording in the Sound Booth today. Where do I find it?

Please find all of your sound recordings on our Soundcloud page, appropriately named, WCMA.

I made a video clip today in the Media Lab. Where do I find it and can I download it?

All clips can be found through CMA Clips Vimeo page. To find your clip, follow the these steps:

  • Scroll through to find the date you visited. i.e January 3, 2013
  • Click on that collection
  • Recognize your work
  • Click, play, enjoy and share!

Can we pick up our art projects tomorrow?

No. Unfortunately, CMA does not have storage for all the artwork made each day. We do have bags for you to take home all of your creations!

Other questions

Are you a member of ACM (Association of Children’s Museums?)

Yes! CMA is a new member of ACM (Association of Children’s Museums. CMA Members can now visit over 200 museums participating in the ACM Reciprocal Network and receive 50% off general admission for up to six (6) people. Learn more about CMA Membership here.

How do I request a donation from CMA?

Please send your donation request form to Carrie Caroselli at ccaroselli@cmany.org. Best of luck with your event!

Do you have a store or gift cards?

Yes, CMA has a small store available at the front desk. You may also purchase gift certificates for a membership, WEE Arts Drop-in session, or family passes at the front desk or by contacting Jeary Payne at jpayne@cmany.org.

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