Family Visits


Family Visits

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

At PEM, we want to make it easy for you and your family to connect with art and culture. Our Art & Nature Center, with hands-on activities, discovery drawers, games and computer stations, is a great place to start.

You can also embark on a treasure hunt of sorts and search for animals or sailing ships in the PEM collection using our complimentary Gallery Discovery Kits.

Check the calendar for the next Weekend Festival and join the rest of the PEM community for unforgettable dance, music, film, art making and opportunities to meet artists and performers. Whatever you choose to do while you’re here — listen to a story during PEM Pals or make a drawing — we want your visit to be relaxing and enjoyable.

Family-friendly Resources

Ships Ahoy!: Gallery Discovery Kit
Ships Ahoy!:Gallery Discovery Kit
Download this family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and explore life at sea. PDF Format.

Featured Interactives For Your Family

Related events For families

Fast as a Flying Cloud
Story Trails
Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available day of program

Ellen's father says she was born with saltwater in her veins, and she's determined to grow up to be the best ship's navigator ever. Hear about her adventure as we read Dare the Wind and then experiment with salt watercolor painting.

School Vacation Week
Creative Adventures
Monday, February 16, 2015 to Friday, February 20, 2015 from 10am - 4pm

Explore the unexplored, create unique art experiences, take part in secret activities and blaze a trail through the museum! We'll spend the week experimenting and discovering some of the lesser-known art forms.


Made possible by the Lowell Institute


Lunar New Year
Weekend Festival
Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10am - 4pm

Join us for performances and activities as we celebrate the Year of the Goat.


Drop-in Art Activity

Lucky Lanterns
10 am-4 pm | Studio 1 | Create Space

Lanterns are an important part of Lunar New Year celebrations. Design your own with local artist, author and illustrator Jennifer DeCristoforo.



Gund Kwok: Lion Dance
11-11:45 am | Atrium

Help us kick off the celebrations with a lion dance performance by Gund Kwok, the only all-women lion dance group in the country.


Interactive Performances

Ribbon Dance
Noon-12:30 pm and 2-2:30 pm
East India Marine Hall

Professional dancer Liwen Wang demonstrate the art of ribbon dancing.


Boston Synchrony Chinese Percussion Ensemble 
12:30-1 pm and 2:30-3 pm
East India Marine Hall

Led by Dr. Chi-Sun Chan, the ensemble performs traditional Chinese percussion music and provides demonstrations. Audience participation encouraged!



Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band
Noon and 2 pm | Morse Auditorium

Join us for two 40-minute performances by young musicians who have mastered ancient Chinese string instruments. A nonprofit organization founded in 2007, the band promotes Chinese instrumental music and culture in the United States and seeks to improve children's appreciation of Chinese music.



Chinese Folk Art Workshop
1-1:45 pm | Atrium

Members of The Chinese Folk Art Workshop, all between the ages of 12 and 18, perform traditional Chinese dances.


Art Cart

Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art
1-3 pm | Level 2 Gallery

Drop by and get hands on in the galleries! Explore more with our interactive Art Cart. Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.


Gallery Spot

Up Close with Silk
1-3 pm | Level 2 Gallery

Drop by the exhibition Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China to meet a museum educator and explore this elegant material.



Little Shaolin Monks
3 pm | Morse Auditorium
Recommended for ages 10 and up
Seats are first-come, first-served

Peek into the mysterious world of these 6- to 9-year-olds who live in the Shaolin Temple and practice the highest form of martial arts. 2007, 45 minutes, in Chinese with English subtitles.


Made possible by The Lowell Institute