For Families

Photo of a woman and a boy looking at a painting at The Broad together

Families Visiting The Broad

We are committed to providing a fun and engaging experience for your family and children of all ages with materials and guides created just for families and kids, tips for visiting (including a social narrative and additional details about artworks on view to help prepare children before their visit), and more!

Our “For Families”guide has a scavenger hunt and fun art-themed activities to do on the 3rd floor. Pick one up in the lobby from any Visitor Services Associate (VSA).

kids audio guide iconVisit our mobile web app and listen to a free audio tour for families, Looking with LeVar. This tour is narrated by award-winning actor, director, and education advocate LeVar Burton, and is fun for all ages! Look for artworks with this symbol to listen to family-friendly information about the work on the tour. All tours on the mobile site include audio transcripts.

You can also listen to all of our tours, including “Looking with LeVar,” by renting headsets and devices for $6 in the lobby.

We offer four Family Weekend Workshops throughout the year. These free workshops offer art-focused activities and cooking demonstrations from acclaimed chef Timothy Hollingsworth's Otium restaurant, located next to the museum. Workshops give families the opportunity to make their own art work to take home, inspired by works in the Broad collection. Family Weekend Workshops are for families with children ages 3 and up.

Tips for Families

Strollers: Standard strollers are welcomed. We also offer free strollers for check-out in the lobby on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Keep the Artworks Safe: Art is for your eyes and not your hands – artworks should not be touched, and we recommend keeping a two-foot distance from artworks. Although we do not have any interactive artworks that can be touched, ask a Visitor Services Associate (VSA) to see our touch pieces for several of the works on view.

Feeding for Babies and Kids: Baby bottles are permitted in the galleries. No other food/drink is allowed in the museum. When it is time for a snack, head outside to our outdoor plaza and return when you’re ready for more exploring in the galleries!

Social Narrative: Review our social narrative before your trip to the museum. This can prepare your child for what to expect. See how to enter the museum, who you may meet, and the different ways to get to our galleries.

Visitor Services Associates (VSAs): Talk to our VSAs. They are here to answer questions about the artwork, protect the art, and help you navigate the museum.

Breaks: Add breaks to your visit. Enjoy our plaza outside of the museum and relax under the shade of our olive trees. Re-entering the museum is easy—show your ticket at the front doors and come back for more art!

Should you need a space that has lower visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation, please let a VSA know, and they will guide you to an available quiet space.

Additional Information about Artworks on View:

We have several artworks on view that have extra auditory and visual elements.

1ST FLOOR:

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

Notice: This installation is a mirror-lined room with flashing LED lights that you physically enter with a door that closes behind you. If you are uncomfortable with flashing lights and/or enclosed, dark spaces, please bypass this experience.

Guests are able to view this artwork with a separate reservation that can be made when you arrive. For more details, please visit our Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms page.

3RD FLOOR:

Yayoi Kusama’s Longing for Eternity

Notice: Viewers can look inside this artwork’s hexagonal chamber and see flashing LED lights that reflect against the mirrored lined walls. If you are uncomfortable with flashing lights and/or enclosed, dark spaces, please bypass this experience.

This experience does not require an additional reservation. You may have to wait in a short line to view the work.

Glenn Ligon’s Double America 2

This artwork is a neon sign that flashes at slow intervals. The neon is at a medium brightness level.

William Kentridge’s Second-hand Reading

Located inside a dimly lit small theater like room, Second-hand Reading is a video work that is projected on a screen. It is seven minutes in length and features a musical score.