Before visiting, we encourage you to see What’s On and view our Exhibition Program. This is a good way to tailor your visit to suit any time constraints and allows you to prioritise the exhibitions you would like to see first, as we understand young children can find the behavioural constraints of museums and galleries difficult for long periods of time.
Get the kids to have a look at the program and choose out what they would like to see and get them excited!
Dos and Don’ts –
Before entering the Museum, it is important to prepare your kids with some dos and don’ts of visiting a museum. Explain why these are important in ensuring everyone has a fun time, and that they have an important job in helping us look after the artworks for years to come.
Check out our Kid’s Art Cart – there might be an Art Trail or Look and Find that can guide you on your exploration through the gallery.
Ask questions about the art
Ask our staff and volunteers about the art and the museum
Take photos (without flash!) of your favourite works.
Talk about what you can see and hear but be sure to use your ‘indoor voice’.
Touch…unless the exhibition tells you to do so.
Walking means we won’t cause accidents with other visitors or the displays.
Go under or play on roped off areas.
Get a good start –
It is always a good idea to make sure no one is hungry or thirsty before starting your museum exploration.
Our toilet facilities are near the Entry, so a quick toilet stop before looking around is recommended.
Follow the leader –
Let your children take the lead through our galleries, and allow them to tailor their engagement and experience with the art. Ask them about the works they are drawn to, such as ‘What made you stop at this picture?’, or ‘What do you like about this work?’.
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His excellency General the Honorable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Linda Hurley.
The Honorable Barnaby Joyce, MP Member for New England Mr Adam Marshall, MP Member for Northern Tablelands Dr Philp Bacon AM, Director, Philip Bacon Galleries, Mr Barry Pearce Am, Emeritus Curator, Art Gallery of NSW