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Family Programs


ImaginAsia, a distinctive family program designed to inspire a deep awareness of Asian art and culture, serves children ages eight to fourteen and their adult companions.

Specially created gallery guides take families through our collections and exhibitions, encouraging close looking and conversation between children and adults. Afterwards, families return to the classroom to create their own unique work of art inspired by those in the galleries.

A diverse range of approaches is used to connect our family visitors to the treasures in our collections, including storytelling, poetry writing, puppetry, music, and dance.

For those exploring the museums on their own, family guides located at the information desks delightfully introduce visitors of all ages to the wonders of our collections and to the cultures they represent.

Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camps at the Freer|Sackler Galleries provide creative opportunities for children ages eight to fourteen. Each art camp includes interactive gallery activities, drama and team-building exercises, exposure to a variety of art materials, and projects related to Asian Art. The 2015 camp offerings are now online.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, July 1. Each week-long, full-day camp session is $175 per child.


ExplorAsia offers fun, flexible, drop-in gallery experiences for families with children of all ages.

With help from gallery interpreters, families engage in hands-on activities at interactive carts and in the galleries that involve close looking and encourage conversation.

Designed as brief encounters, ExplorAsia activities can be connected or extended for longer excursions in the galleries. ExplorAsia has specially designed elements for young children (under 8 years old), but family members of all ages are welcome.

Family Friendly Performances

Experience the cultural traditions of Asia with your family through music, storytelling, theater and dance performances in the galleries. Please check our events calendar for more information about upcoming events.

Family Festivals

Come celebrate with us! Bring the whole family to our festivals that highlight traditions from the many countries represented in our collections. Enjoy a day filled with gallery activities, art-making, music, dance and more. Please check our events calendar for more information about upcoming events.

Resources for Educators

Online guides and lesson plans, workshops and other events for teachers, how to schedule school tours, and more in the Explore and Learn Teacher Resources section.

School Tours

Need to schedule a tour for a group of K-12 students? Here's what you need to know.

Please note: The Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open for the duration of the renovation. Learn more »