Special Note: I wrote the post below in August of 2010 and in November the Davidson Center for the Arts opened which contains eight additional galleries including two aimed specifically at children and families. A more updated 2015 review of the Huntsville Museum of Art can be found HERE.
Huntsville Museum of Art is adjacent to Big Spring Park and close to Earlyworks Children’s Museum and Constitution Village. Admission is $7 for Adults, $3 for Children ages 6- 11, children under 6 are free. There is a good reason why children are so cheap (or free) this is NOT a place for small children and probably not very fun for young school-aged children either. There is a “children’s exhibit” in the basement of the museum but it’s nothing more than framed art you can see in any school hallway. While it’s nice that they offer the opportunity for local children to have their work in the museum, it’s the only part of the visit that my daughter was even remotely interested in and she was interested for about a minute.
If you are thinking of taking your child here, ask yourself these questions. Are your children good at being quiet? Are they good at following directions (including not touching anything)? Are you prepared to talk to them about fine art, what it is, how it comes about and why it’s in a museum? If you answered yes to all these, you can make this a really fun trip and it’s always a good idea to teach children to love art (and museums in general).
Jennifer is the creator and co-editor of Rocket City Mom. She is also a compulsive writer, avid reader, occasional singer and former communications wizard turned toddler wrangler. You can often spot her and her little ones cruising the kiddie hot-spots in their "Rocket Van".