Visit Bellevue Arts Museum

Visiting with a Family

There is much to see and do at BAM! Below are some tips for planning your visit, what to do while at BAM, some suggestions for looking at art with children, and ideas for continuing the conversation.

Before You Arrive...

  • Find out about BAM's exhibitions to see what might interest you and your family.
  • Consider attending one of the Museum's many free or low-cost Kids & Family Programs.
  • Decide if you'd like to schedule a guided tour at no extra cost.
  • Talk to your children about museum guidelines. Please explain that artworks are fragile and cannot be touched as oil and dirt from fingers can cause permanent damage.
  • Bringing a stroller? Not a problem! Typically single strollers are permitted, though this policy is subject to change with new exhibitions due to lender restrictions. Please inquire at Guest Services at the beginning of your visit to find out the current stroller policy. Double strollers are always restricted, regardless of exhibition. In the case of a restriction, strollers may be parked in our self-service Locker & Coat Room on the 1st floor.

While at Bam...

  • Try not to see too much in one visit and remember to take breaks. Depending on your child's age, we recommend to aim for 30 to 90 minutes per exhibition.
  • Have fun playing and making your own art at one of BAM's Imagination Stations.
  • If the weather is nice, visit the Museum's Sculpture Garden for a little sunshine.

Looking at Art...

Looking at art is an interactive experience. Stop, watch, and talk about the things you see. Here are some questions to help spark conversation:
  • What do you see?
  • How old do you think this object is?
  • Do you like it? Why?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • What is it made from?
  • What is it used for?
  • Who would own an object like this?
  • What do you think the artist was thinking when s/he made it?

After Your Visit

  • Talk about what you saw at the Museum. What were your favorite artworks, and why? Which artworks did you not like? Why?
  • Start curating your own collection with the artwork you made during your visit to BAM. How would you arrange and display the objects? What other objects might you add to your collection?