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 general admission. Enroll in person at the museum or by mail

Arts for NexGen LACMA es una membresía gratis para menores de 18 años de edad. Al ser miembros de NexGen, niños y adolescentes pueden disfrutar el museo cuantas veces quieran. Su entrada incluye admisión general para un adulto sin costo alguno. 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 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 place for visitors of all ages to learn about brush painting and art from Korea and China, and create their own works of art together. Visit the gallery on the second level of the Hammer BuildingEnjoy Story Timefeaturing folk-tales and engaging stories geared for very young children, every Monday and 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.

Tips for Families

Here are some tips for visiting the museum with kids:

  • Don’t try to see everything. 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!

Self-Guided Activities

Family Guides

Family guides feature activity cards with images and easy-to-read explanations highlighting works from LACMA's permanent collection. The guide offers parents and caregivers simple questions to begin a dialogue about art with children between six and twelve years of age. Not all works of art featured in the Family Guide are currently on view. Your free copy to keep is available in English or Spanish at the Ticket Office.

Art Totes

The art in LACMA’s collection comes from many parts of the world. Some of it was made recently, some was created more than 100 years ago, and some even thousands of years before that! Use the family-friendly activities in the LACMA Art Tote to learn more about specific works of art in LACMA’s galleries. Borrow one in English or Spanish from the Ticket Office today.

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 City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Dr. Stanley Wachs and Lisa Moriyama, the Goodwin Family Memorial Trust, the Louis and Harold Price Foundation, and The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing California.