Family Visits

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Family Visits

Check out the redesigned and expanded Art & Nature Center and the featured exhibition Beyond Human, Artist–Animal Collaborations.

At PEM, we want to make it easy for you and your family to connect with art and culture. Our Art & Nature Center, with hands-on activities, discovery drawers, games and computer stations, is a great place to start.

You can also embark on a treasure hunt of sorts and search for animals or sailing ships in the PEM collection using our complimentary Gallery Discovery Kits.

Check the calendar for the next Weekend Festival and join the rest of the PEM community for unforgettable dance, music, film, art making and opportunities to meet artists and performers. Whatever you choose to do while you’re here — listen to a story during PEM Pals or make a drawing — we want your visit to be relaxing and enjoyable.

Family-friendly Resources

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

Featured Interactives For Your Family

Related events For families

PEM Pals Mini-Fest
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 9am - 12:30pm

Join us for this special morning of events just for PEM's youngest visitors. Get messy in the  Create Space, dance in the galleries, explore new art materials in the Atrium, grab some family-friendly snacks in our Atrium Café then cozy up in our special Book Nook!

 

Dancing Gallery Tours

9:15, 9:45, 11:30 am and noon
Meet at information desk

Move and groove through the galleries with our friends from Urbanity Dance. Take a closer look at some of the artwork, boogie down and jump around.

 

PEM Pals

10:30 am | Atrium

This fun, interactive programs with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Offered weekly, it is one of PEM's most popular programs. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Sensory Stations

9 am-12:30 pm | Atrium

Cut, tear, crumple and connect. Each station has a different art material to explore. Check out one or try them all!

 

PEM Collection Creations

9 am-12:30 pm | Create Space

Get messy with our special guest, Stephanie from Out of the Box Studio in Marblehead.  She'll share some art-making projects inspired by works at PEM.  

 

Book Nook

9 am-12:30 pm | Art & Nature Center

Looking for a quiet place to relax and recharge? Stop by our special Book Nook tucked away in the Art & Nature Center Art Nook. Get comfy with Simone from Salem Children's Library, discover new books and make your own bookmark.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart – canceled
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Art Cart has been canceled for today.

Gallery Spot — canceled
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Gallery Spot has been canceled for today.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Push, Pull, Scrape & Stamp
Studio Discovery
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Discover how J.M.W. Turner experimented with paint, then meet abstract painter Rachel Desrochers, who uses everything from sticks to hockey pucks to make her art. Suit up with a smock to explore the tools and techniques that can be tapped to create an abstract painting. 

Made possible by American Dental Partners

 

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Island Mystery
Story Trails
Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available on day of program

Can an island disappear? Investigate the local secrets of a real place hidden by the tides in Corinne Demas' The Disappearing Island, then examine sand up close and create a sandpaper print to take home. 

 

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.