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For Families

The Art & Nature Center closed July 8 for renovations. An interim space, the Pop-Up Art & Nature Center, opened July 14, 2012. The Art & Nature Center is scheduled to reopen fall 2013 with the special exhibition Artist–Animal Collaborations.

Where else can you fold an origami penguin, meet a live wolf and make your own finger puppets? At PEM, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to discover new adventures in art with your family and friends. Pick up a family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and search for animals or explore life at sea. Get swept up in the excitement of an Atrium Alive weekend festival and make new friends in our Book Buddies story time program. Come experience PEM — together.

Drop-in Art Activities

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm.
Pop-Up Art & Nature Center
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available in the Pop-Up Art & Nature Center.

Family-friendly Resources

Ships Ahoy!: Gallery Discovery Kit

Download this family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and explore life at sea. PDF Format.

Ships Ahoy!:Gallery Discovery Kit

Related events For families

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Wednesday, October 5
STEAM-THEMED PEM PALS

10:30-11:30 am | Atrium

Join us for science, technology, engineering and math-themed PEM Pals in celebration of Big Draw 2016. This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

 

Saturday, October 8
STUDIO DISCOVERY

Drawing Comics with Maris Wicks
1-3:30 pm | Create Space

Art! Science! History ... and Comic Books? Learn how everything from model ships to fish skeletons to microscopes inspires writer and illustrator Maris Wicks to create nonfiction comics. Then join her in making your own comics inspired by science, history and art! Click here for more info.

 

Wednesday, October 12
STEAM-THEMED PEM PALS

10:30-11:30 am | Atrium

Join us for science, technology, engineering and math-themed PEM Pals in celebration of Big Draw 2016. This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. 

 

Wednesday, October 19
STEAM-THEMED PEM PALS

10:30-11:30 am | Atrium

Join us for science, technology, engineering and math-themed PEM Pals in celebration of Big Draw 2016. This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. 

 

Thursday, October 20
PEM/PM Moon Landing

6-9 pm

Come celebrate the moon during this tantalizing night of lunar festivities. Harness the power of gravity to create a pendulum painting, hear from Lunar Attraction exhibition artists and interact with minerals found on the moon. From the race to make a base on the moon to cheese and werewolves, this lunar celebration is sure to be out of this world! 

 

Saturday, October 22
STUDIO DISCOVERY

Imaginary Mapmaking with Emily Garfield
1-3 pm | Create Space

With ink and watercolor, artist Emily Garfield creates intricate maps of imaginary cities. Her work is inspired by the visual language of geography as well as the fractal similarities found in nature, such as the patterns of cells and neurons. In this hands-on workshop, learn about Garfield's techniques for developing new drawings, then create your own imaginary map that explores how urban designs relate to natural patterns. Click here for more info.

 

Sunday, October 23
AUTHOR PRESENTATION & DROP-IN ART MAKING

Going Places with Creativity: Peter H. Reynolds & Paul A. Reynolds
2-4 pm | Morse Auditorium & Atrium

Get inspired to move full STEAM ahead with New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and his creative cohort (and twin brother!) Paul A. Reynolds. Co-authors of a series of STEAM-themed books for kids and the young-at-heart (Going Places, Full STEAM Ahead, and Go Green!), the Reynolds brothers read from their books and share what fuels their creativity and art-driven innovation. A book signing and drop-in artmaking activitiy follows. Click here for more info.

 

Wednesday, October 26
STEAM-THEMED PEM PALS

10:30-11:30 am | Atrium

Join us for science, technology engineering and math-themed PEM Pals in celebration of Big Draw 2016. This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. 

 

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Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Sunday, October 2, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

STEAM-THEMED PEM PALS

10:30-11:30 am | Atrium

Join us for science, technology, engineering and math-themed PEM Pals in celebration of Big Draw 2016. This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Friday, October 7, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

STUDIO DISCOVERY

Drawing Comics with Maris Wicks
1-3:30 pm | Create Space

Art! Science! History ... and Comic Books? Learn how everything from model ships to fish skeletons to microscopes inspires writer and illustrator Maris Wicks to create nonfiction comics. Then join her in making your own comics inspired by science, history and art! 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

STUDIO DISCOVERY

Drawing Comics with Maris Wicks
1-3:30 pm | Create Space

Art! Science! History ... and Comic Books? Learn how everything from model ships to fish skeletons to microscopes inspires writer and illustrator Maris Wicks to create nonfiction comics. Then join her in making your own comics inspired by science, history and art! 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

Drawing Comics with Maris Wicks
THE BIG DRAW: STUDIO DISCOVERY
Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 1pm - 3:30pm

Art! Science! History ... and Comic Books? Learn how everything from model ships to fish skeletons to microscopes inspires writer and illustrator Maris Wicks to create nonfiction comics. Then join her in making your own comics inspired by science, history and art!

Maris Wicks has written, drawn, and colored comics for First Second Books, New England Aquarium and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as Spongebob Comics, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics. She is the illustrator of The New York Times Bestselling book Primates (2013), written by Jim Ottaviani. Her latest graphic novels are Human Body Theater (2015) and Coral Reefs (2016).

Learn more about Maris at mariswicks.com.

 

Part of The 2016 Big Draw Festival!
Big Draw 2016

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

STEAM-THEMED PEM PALS

10:30-11:30 am | Atrium

Join us for science, technology, engineering and math-themed PEM Pals in celebration of Big Draw 2016. This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Friday, October 14, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

STEAM-THEMED PEM PALS

10:30-11:30 am | Atrium

Join us for science, technology, engineering and math-themed PEM Pals in celebration of Big Draw 2016. This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

PEM/PM Moon Landing

6-9 pm

Come celebrate the moon during this tantalizing night of lunar festivities. Harness the power of gravity to create a pendulum painting, hear from Lunar Attraction exhibition artists and interact with minerals found on the moon. From the race to make a base on the moon to cheese and werewolves, this lunar celebration is sure to be out of this world! 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Friday, October 21, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

STUDIO DISCOVERY

Imaginary Mapmaking with Emily Garfield
1-3 pm | Create Space

With ink and watercolor, artist Emily Garfield creates intricate maps of imaginary cities. Her work is inspired by the visual language of geography as well as the fractal similarities found in nature, such as the patterns of cells and neurons. In this hands-on workshop, learn about Garfield's techniques for developing new drawings, then create your own imaginary map that explores how urban designs relate to natural patterns. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

Imaginary Mapmaking with Emily Garfield
THE BIG DRAW: STUDIO DISCOVERY
Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 1pm - 3pm

With ink and watercolor, artist Emily Garfield creates intricate maps of imaginary cities. Her work is inspired by the visual language of geography as well as the fractal similarities found in nature, such as the patterns of cells and neurons. In this hands-on workshop, learn about Garfield's techniques for developing new drawings, then create your own imaginary map that explores how urban designs relate to natural patterns.

Currently based in Somerville, MA, Emily has participated in exhibitions and workshops throughout the greater Boston area. Most recently, her artwork was included in Women in Cartography at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center of the Boston Public Library. Discover more works at emilygarfield.com.

Salmon Lines by Emily Garfield Emily Garfield


Part of The 2016 Big Draw Festival!
Big Draw 2016

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Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

AUTHOR PRESENTATION AND DROP-IN ART MAKING

Going Places with Creativity: Peter H. Reynolds & Paul A. Reynolds
2-4 pm | Morse Auditorium and Atrium
Included with museum admission

Get inspired to move full STEAM ahead with The New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and his creative cohort (and twin brother!) Paul A. Reynolds. Co-authors of a series of STEAM-themed books for kids and the young-at-heart, (Going Places, Full STEAM Ahead, and Go Green!), the Reynolds brothers read from their books and share what fuels their creativity and art-driven innovation.

A book signing and drop-in art-making activity follows. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

Going Places with Creativity: Peter H. Reynolds & Paul A. Reynolds
THE BIG DRAW: AUTHOR PRESENTATION AND DROP-IN ART MAKING
Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 2pm - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Get inspired to move full STEAM ahead with The New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and his creative cohort (and twin brother!) Paul A. Reynolds. Co-authors of a series of STEAM-themed books for kids and the young-at-heart, (Going PlacesFull STEAM Ahead, and Go Green!), the Reynolds brothers read from their books and share what fuels their creativity and art-driven innovation.

A book signing and drop-in art-making activity follows.

The Reynolds Brothers Going Places cover

Part of The 2016 Big Draw Festival!
Big Draw 2016

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The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

STEAM-THEMED PEM PALS

10:30-11:30 am | Atrium

Join us for science, technology engineering and math-themed PEM Pals in celebration of Big Draw 2016. This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Friday, October 28, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration.

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw! 

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

ALL OF OCTOBER
DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leave a Drawing/Take a Drawing
Atrium

Using the supplies and drawing prompts provided on the Atrium Café tables, create a drawing to leave on our collaborative art board! See a drawing you love? Take it home with you! Share your creations on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

In-Gallery Drawing Challenges

Travel through the museum to discover four ongoing drawing challenges that explore concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. Create a pattern of curves using only straight lines, design an ocean liner that can transport people around the globe, draw a convex self-portrait, or create your own ecosystem. Share your creations on the "Leave a drawing/Take a drawing" board in the Atrium or post photos on social media using #PEMbigdraw!

 

Big Draw Festival

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.