Kids & Families

Free Youth Membership: Arts for NexGen

Arts for NexGen LACMA is a free youth membership for anyone 17 years and younger. As NexGen members, kids and teens can make the museum a regular part of their lives, visit for free anytime and bring one adult guest for free admission. Simply visit the museum and enroll in person or by mail

Arts for NexGen LACMA es una membresía gratis para menores de 17 años de edad. Al ser miembros de NexGen, niños y adolescentes pueden disfrutar el museo cuantas veces quieran. Su entrada incluye admisión para un adulto sin costo alguno. Simplemente visite el museo y inscríbete en persona o por correo.

More questions? Read the NexGen Fast Facts.
Those 18 and older are invited to learn more about other membership opportunities.

Arts for NexGen LACMA is supported by the Living Legacy Foundation, The Eisner Foundation, the Chapman Hanson Foundation, and The Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation.

The Boone Children's Gallery

The Boone Children’s Gallery is a free, creative space where visitors of all ages are invited to explore the art of brush painting. No prior art-making experience is necessary. Friendly and helpful staff introduce painting techniques, offer tips, and even provide high chairs for very young artists. Visitors sit at communal tables in this fun, family-friendly, and resourceful place to relax, create, and make new friends. To visit, enter through the back of the Hammer Building, on Level 2.

Enjoy Story Time in the Galleriesfeaturing folk-tales and engaging stories geared for very young children, every Friday at 2 pm in the Korean art galleries adjacent to the Boone Children's Gallery.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday—11 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday—10 am to 5 pm
Closed Wednesdays

The Boone Children's Gallery is made possible in part by the MaryLou and George Boone Children's Gallery Endowment Fund.

Andell Family Sundays

Make, look, and talk about art at Andell Family Sundays! This weekly family event features artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection. Create memories together and have fun!

Andell Family Sundays is supported by Andrew and Ellen Hauptman and The Hauptman Family Foundation. 

Outreach and transportation for Andell Family Sundays are supported by Tally and Bill Mingst.

Tips for Families

Here are some tips for visiting the museum with kids:

  • Don’t try to see everything at once. Twenty minutes to one hour is plenty of time in the galleries. Remember, with NexGen free membership you can come back as often as you like!
  • Let your child decide what to see. Ideas may come from their favorite things, hobbies, or a school project.
  • Not sure where to start? The Modern Art galleries on the 2nd floor of the Ahmanson Building are spacious and fun for families. Also, try traveling the globe by visiting art from all over the world!
  • Have a seat—sit on the floor! (Just don’t block any doorways.) Some galleries also have benches.
  • Look then ask. Start with, “What do you see?” Children are observant storytellers. Let them tell you what is going on.
  • Burn off some wiggly energy in LACMA’s sculpture gardens and park spaces.
  • Visit the Boone Children’s Gallery. The welcoming staff will invite you to paint, read books, and hang out. Open until 5 p.m.
  • Make art and go on a tour at Andell Family Sundays—nearly every Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Relax, have fun and enjoy the moment!

Off-Site: Art Workshops

Join us for free family and teen workshops, led by teaching artists from LACMA. Held at the following community venues and libraries: Los Angeles Public Libraries, Van Nuys, Watts, Los Feliz, and Vermont Square; County of Los Angeles Public Library, Compton;  City of Torrance Public Library, Katy Geissert Civic Center; and Lueders Park Community Center. 

Ask the Children or Young Adult Librarian to confirm the dates and times of workshops or call 323-932-5812. 

Art Programs with the Community: LACMA On-Site is made possible through the Anna H. Bing Children’s Art Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Dr. Stanley Wachs and Lisa Moriyama, the Goodwin Family Memorial Trust, the Louis and Harold Price Foundation, The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing California, the Dryan-Felson Family, and the Ducommun and Gross Family Foundation.