Today (Saturday when I'm writing this....I'm not sure what day you'll read it!) I took the kids to Museum Experience Day 2015. We toured the Contemporary Arts Museum and the Fine Arts Museum with free admission.
We arrived at the Contemporary Arts Museum around 3:00 p.m. and unfortunately the kid's activities had ended. We decided to go in anyways and we were cautioned by a docent that on either end the exhibits contained "adult content" but the middle was kid-friendly. I heard what she said, but the room was much smaller than I had anticipated and we walked directly into some very "adult" content....probably too adult even for me! I turned the kids around and we walked through the middle content. But the area was so small that we hit more "adult" content! I decided this museum was probably not a great Saturday-outing-with-kids-and-toddler choice so we moved on.
We walked over to the Museum of Fine Arts. They are currently hosting an incredible exhibit for kids called "Shadow Monsters". I took a bunch of neat photos, but I have decided not to post them, because it's the kind of exhibit that is more fun if you don't know what to expect. My boys loved this exhibit and wanted to stay forever. Seriously. The exhibit is interactive and fun for all ages. If you are thinking of going and wondering if it is scary....it really isn't. My boys are 2, 4, and 8 and can be a bit timid but none of them had any issues at all.
After I'd had my fill of Shadow Monsters, we wandered upstairs and ended up passing the Habsburg exhibit. You need to pay an extra admission to see this, but as we were heading into another gallery part of the Habsburg exhibit was open to the hallway we were walking down and the kids gaped at the decorated horse carriages.
Then my friend phoned and she happened to also be in the same museum. She wanted to show us a particular exhibit so we made our way to the bottom of the museum to see the "Cosmic Dialogues" exhibit. This exhibit consists of hydrospatial hanging sculptures and my boys thought it was amazing. Here is a link: http://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/cosmic-dialogues-selections-latin-american-art-col/
The sculptures kind of looked like U.F.O.s and they made magnificent shadows on the ground. There were also other pieces of more modern art that played with light, dark, and depth perception. Little Boy was particularly enthralled.
Our friend left to go home and we went to the top floor to explore some other galleries. We found a bunch of Roman statues that matched up with Big Boy's Percy Jackson books. He wanted to look at all of them and read each little explanatory sign. Little Boy was really excited by the "half man half beast" characters like Pan.
Baby Boy started to get tired so we wandered past some more traditional fine arts fare (like a Van Gough) and Big Boy would have liked to linger but it wasn't in the cards for the younger kids.
They pestered me relentlessly to stop at the Shadow Monster exhibit on the way out. I took them and they spent a last half hour interacting with the art.
I will definitely take them back again. I wouldn't mind seeing some of the galleries that we skipped and I would love to browse the gift shop. I have a soft spot for museum gift shops....they have the neatest stuff! Unfortunately I'm too frugal to ever make a purchase.