The Addison always welcomes families with children of all ages! There are many ways to enjoy the Addison with children:
Looking Together Family Cards
Each exhibition cycle, the Addison provides new Looking Together cards designed to help families engage with the artwork and each other in the galleries. Stop by the Visitors Services desk during your next visit to borrow a Looking Together tote bag with clipboards, paper, pencils, and this season's Looking Together cards!
You can download the most recent Looking Together card: Natural Selections.
Families & Educators Library
The Addison's Families and Educators Library is located in the Museum Learning Center in the Sidney R. Knafel Wing. The library features books for children ages 6 months to thirteen years relating to art, art-making, creativity, museums, artists represented in the Addison’s collection, and much more, as well as educational theory topics for educators. Families are invited to explore board books, picture books, short novels, and books containing activity ideas at the Museum Learning Center tables or in one of the armchairs, overlooking the Addison’s green roof and glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.
This collection can be searched online through the Noble Library Network under Families and Educators. The Addison library is a non-circulating library.
While the Museum Learning Center and the library are open to all visitors, please be aware that Tuesday through Friday there may be classes in session in the Museum Learning Center. We ask that visitors wait until the class is over to peruse the Families & Educators Library and visit the Museum Learning Center.
The Addison’s Model Ship Collection
The Addison’s collection of 22 model ships has long been a favorite attraction for children. Writing about the Addison’s ship models in a recent Boston Globe article about great museums to visit with children, Mark Feeney observed “All are objects of wonder, beautifully detailed, and marvels of balanced strength and delicacy.” The Mayflower, the Santa Maria, and Half Moon, along with many other less well-known vessels, are all on view.
Drop-In Family Days
The Addison offers Family Days inspired by selected exhibitions on view in the galleries. Join us for art activities and exploration designed especially for the family audience!
Story Hour with James Prosek
In collaboration with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library, families are invited to join James Prosek as he reads from his children’s books A Good Day’s Fishing and Bird, Butterfly, Eel. This program will take place at Memorial Hall Library. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 5, 1:00 pm
Drop-In Family Day for James Prosek: The Spaces in Between
Families are invited to the Addison Gallery to explore the work of James Prosek and to experiment with materials to create their own bird silhouettes, imaginary hybrid animals, and stamp paintings. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, October 6, 2:00–4:00 pm