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Families

Check out the redesigned and expanded Art & Nature Center and the featured exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art.

Where else can you fold an origami penguin, meet a live wolf and make your own finger puppets? At PEM, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to discover new adventures in art with your family and friends. Get swept up in the excitement of an Atrium Alive weekend festival and make new friends in our PEM Pals and Story Trails programs. Come experience PEM — together.

Gallery Spot

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm.
Drop by and join a museum educator in the galleries to get a closer look at one of the objects or artworks on display. Discover the materials and ideas that were used to create each object and have a conversation with an educator. This is a great jumping off point to exploring the rest of the galleries at PEM.

Drop-in Art Making

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 12-2 pm
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available.

Art Cart

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm, ask for cart's location at the information desk.
Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover the stories about the art around you.

Story Trails

Join staff members from the Art & Nature Center to explore PEM's galleries through specific artworks and stories, then participate in a related art-making activity or meet an author or illustrator. For children ages 5-8 with accompanying adult.

PEM Pals

Wednesdays, 10:30am
Ask for location at the information desk
included with museum admission
This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Studio Discoveries

The opening of the new art studios in the Art & Nature Center helps us kick this program into high gear. Meet artists and designers of all types, get an up-close look at some of their tools and learn about different techniques. Come explore and create together in this exciting program for all ages.



Support for Family Programs provided in part by the Lowell Institute, American Dental Partners and Target.

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