Family Visits

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Family Visits

Check out the redesigned and expanded Art & Nature Center and the featured exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, October 26, 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, October 26, 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
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, November 1, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, November 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

 

 

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, November 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

 

 

Art Cart
Saturday, November 15, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Batty for Books with Brian Lies
Story Trails
Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available on day of program

What does an enthusiastic pig have in common with a group of musical bats? Both grew from the pencil of local author and illustrator Brian Lies! Meet the artist behind the Hamlet books and the new Bats in the Band, discover how a book is made and pick up a few drawing tips.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Art Cart
Sunday, November 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Woodworking Wonders
Studio Discoveries
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Using thin pieces of wood and special tools, work with artist Ellen Kaspern to create a large collaborative inlay.
Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Art Cart
Saturday, November 22, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, November 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, November 29, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, November 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Chasing Ice and Birds in a Changing Climate
Film and Presentation
Friday, December 5, 2014 from 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Reservations not required

Free

Attend a special screening of the award-winning film Chasing Ice by environmental photographer James Balog, a featured artist in Branching Out. His videos of Arctic glaciers reveal ancient mountains of ice disappearing at a breathtaking rate. Following the film, researcher and author Trevor Lloyd-Evans presents the effects of climate change on migratory birds. Chasing Ice, 2012, 75 minutes.Book signing follows. Co-sponsored by Mass Audubon and Essex County Ornithological Club. A brief business meeting of the E.C.O.C. is held 7-7:15 pm.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, December 6, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Boxes Full of Stories
Story Trails
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available on day of program

Does a diary have to be made of words? What does a memory look like? Find out as we explore The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman and then create a decoupage memory box.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Art Cart
Sunday, December 7, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, December 13, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, December 14, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, December 20, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, December 21, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, December 27, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, December 28, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, December 28, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.