Museum Holiday Hours and Family Activities for 2013

Posted on December 9th, 2013

Museum outlines holiday activities, hours
Family-friendly events take the chill, boredom out of school breaks 

Milwaukee, Wis. – The Milwaukee Art Museum announced its holiday hours for 2013, in addition to a wide variety of free family activities for the season.

For the holidays, the Museum will be open its usual hours, plus open on two additional days, Monday, December 23 and December 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum will be closed on Wednesday, December 25. The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio will have extended hours, open from December 26 through January 1.

Regular Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. As always, kids age 12 and under receive free admission to the Museum every day.

The Museum offers an array of family-friendly activities for the holiday season and year-round, including three galleries devoted just to its youngest visitors, as well as kid-friendly tours, art projects, and more.

“I love to see families spending time together in our galleries,” said Milwaukee Art Museum Director Daniel Keegan. “The Museum’s commitment to creating a family-friendly environment, complete with fun and educational experiences, is at the heart of what we do.”

Located in the center of the Museum galleries is the Kohl’s Education Center, designed to inspire and entertain kids of all ages. Inside the Kohl’s Education Center are three family-friendly areas for kids to play, learn, create, and be themselves.

Currently on view in the Kohl’s Art Generation Gallery is “Illusions: Near and Far,” showcasing the magic behind optical illusions. In this hands-on, interactive space, families can build, draw, create, and learn together. For a messier activity, kids of all ages can make their own unique art in the Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio. Open every weekend during Museum hours, the Studio is a fun environment for kids to create a handmade holiday creation and for parents to learn crafty ideas for projects at home.

Available in the Kohl’s Education Center, the iPod Touch Tour is a family-friendly interactive tour that utilizes games, videos, and more to educate about the Museum’s collection. Families can take this self-guided tour together to curate their own artful adventure. Also available are sketchbooks for families to draw their own masterpieces in the Museum’s galleries.

“The Museum is a perfect environment to spend time together as a family,” said Keegan. “There’s so much to do here, for every age level, plus there’s shopping, food, and of course, breathtaking art and architecture.”

Monday, December 23 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 24 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25 – Closed
Thursday, December 26 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, December 27 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 28 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 29 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, December 30 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 31 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 1 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 2 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Target Free First Thursday)
Friday, January 3 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, January 4 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, January 5 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Museum is open Tuesday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults; $14 for students, seniors, and active military; and free for Members and for children age 12 and under.

The first Thursday of each month is Target Free First Thursday and admission is free for individuals (does not apply to groups).

The Milwaukee Art Museum houses a rich collection of over 30,000 works, with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, and American decorative arts, and is the world’s leading repository for work by untrained creators. The Museum campus is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and spans three buildings, including the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion and the Eero Saarinen-designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. For more information, please visit mam.org.