Youth and Family Programs

The Museum welcomes children and families, teachers and students, to explore the area's rich culture and history. Attend a performance, take part in an art project in the Children's Activity Center or bring your classroom for a specialized tour.

Saturday Showcase

With Saturday Showcase we turn the spotlight on performing art, history, and culture. The day begins with a thematic presentation in our Folly Cove Auditorium, outdoor sculpture park and garden, and even our historic White-Ellery House.  The program is supplemented with drop-in art and history activities in the Activity Center. No reservations required. This popular program is made possible by the Goldhirsh Foundation. Offered on select Saturdays beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Family Fun Free Day

The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in art, history, and cultural activities, and explore the museum using a Seek and Find. Each month has a different theme, from exhibitions, to special celebrations, to treasures from the Archives. It's all about FUN!

Meet Me at the Museum

Drop off your 6-12 year olds for a special class where art, history, and culture come together through gallery tours and art activities. This is perfect for families who homeschool.  Offered on select Thursdays from 10:00-11:15 a.m. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

Morning at the Museum

In this summer program for children ages 6-12, students learn about the art, history and culture of Cape Ann through gallery explorations and projects based on a theme. Subjects include artists, artistic mediums, colors and hometown heroes. Reservations required. Offerd on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 8 weeks in July and August.

Please call ahead for updated information about these programs: (978) 283-0455 x16.

School Tours

Planned tours and school education programs, tailored to the interests and grade levels of the students, are available. See Education for more information.