Tips for Visiting Art Galleries with Children, Part 1

Many kids might perceive art galleries to be dry, stuffy places, but a rewarding learning experience can be found for those parents who know how to reveal it.

1. Pre-visit Preparation Children might find artwork more interesting if they are prepared to receive it prior to arriving at a gallery. Search online for an art gallery you would like to visit, then research that exhibit hall to find out about the works they have on display. Then, rent books and videos about the artists and their works to read and view with your children.

2. Look, Do Not Touch Children are naturally inclined to touch things that interest them. Sit down with your child before visiting an art gallery, and explain that art is meant to be seen, not touched. You should also talk to them about other museum and gallery faux pas, such as running, shouting, and horseplay.

3. Safe Play Areas Children, especially small ones, will have a tough time keeping their bountiful supply of energy bottled up for their entire visit. While conducting your pre-visit research, look up nearby parks and playgrounds to stop by after the gallery, or as a means of breaking up the gallery visit. Some museums have playrooms on-site.

4. Ask and Receive Questions Children are naturally curious, and should be encouraged to ask questions. Stock up on gallery pamphlets and booklets to consult when your child inundates you with inquiries. Likewise, you can ignite a child’s curiosity by asking them questions.

By Albert Scaglione



About Albert Scaglione
Originally launching his career in the mechanical engineering industry, Albert Scaglione taught mechanical engineering sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. During his professorship, Albert Scaglione conducted extensive research into heat shields for supersonic transport and prospective missions to Mars. These investigations that Albert Scaglione participated in were underwritten by NASA but were ultimately discontinued by the government. Faced with few options as a phD mechanical engineer working in the aerospace industryother than delving into weapons delivery systems, Albert Scaglione decided to redirect the course of his career. In 1969, acting on the counsel of a friend, Albert Scaglione established the Park West Gallery, an art gallery and auctioneering firm located in Southfield, Michigan. Traveling to Paris to begin generating business for his gallery, Albert Scaglione had the opportunity to meet Yaacov Agam and Victor Vasarely, with whom he forged strong relationships. Albert Scaglione became one of the biggest dealers for these renowned kinetic and Op artists. In the early years of his gallery operations, Albert Scaglione developed a close business bond with artist Peter Max. Other artists Albert Scaglione has promoted heavily in the American sphere are M.C. Escher, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miró. In addition to the Southfield, Michigan, location, Albert Scaglione’s Park West Gallery has another location in Miami, Florida. Albert Scaglione’s Park West Gallery art auctions are held in the United States and Canada, while the affiliate company, Park West at Sea, puts on art actions across the globe and in venues such as cruise ships. Throughout the years, Albert Scaglione has successfully supplied fine artwork to more than a million customers worldwide.

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