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May

Families

May takes us inside and out to celebrate the second anniversary of the opening of our magnificent building envisioned as a gallery in a garden, and a garden in a gallery. 

Family Tours

Riddle of the Room family audio tour
What is seen or suggested and gives you direction for great art detection? Find out in this award-winning interactive audio game.
For ages 7–12
Free

Riddle of the Room ArtSee gallery kit
Calling all art detectives! Visiting the Barnes is challenging fun as you solve the riddle of the room on the art cards in this award-winning game.
For ages 7–12
Free
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ARTime Pajama Tour

An entertaining exploration of the galleries for children 2–5, who are invited to wear their pajamas, and their caregivers.
Included with collection admission; members free. Reservations required.

pajama tour

Friday, May 16, 6–6:30 pm
Look for the gardens in the gallery on this art excursion.
Reserve general admission or member tickets online.


ARTime Storytime

Listen, dance, create, and sing to the art of Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, van Gogh, and other artists in the collection. Best for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.
Free; reservations required. Collection admission not included.

Every Thursday, 10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon

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A Bird or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse
, by Bijou Le Tord

May 1 and 8
In the brilliant sun of the south of France, Matisse painted everything in his bold and beautiful colors.  Build a birdhouse!

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Planting a Rainbow
, by Lois Ehlert

May 15
See how each flower adds to a brilliant rainbow of color just like the garden that you will grow.
 

Barney Backhoe cover
Barney Backhoe and the Big City Dig
, by Susan Knopf

May 22 and 29
Barney the backhoe is excited to help build a skyscraper in the big city, and you will too. 


ArtSee Activities

The entire family gets into the creative act by making an array of exciting art and craft projects that change monthly.
Free drop-in tickets at admission desk. Collection Gallery admission is not included. 

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Inside-Out Architecture

Friday, May 16, 5–7 pm
Saturday, May 17, 11 am–1 pm
Sunday, May 18, 1–3 pm
Inside-out architecture shapes the building and the grounds. Explore structure and design when you construct an amazing art gallery, sketch a gorgeous garden, and collage a building bag.