Popular with all ages, ArtWorks Interactive Gallery is an engaging space designed to complement the Museum’s permanent collection. Visitors can connect with art through interactive elements that explore art’s materials, ideas, and techniques or enjoy the areas set aside for quiet reading and imaginative play.
What Can I Do In ArtWorks?
ArtWorks Interactive Gallery offers a plethora of ways to learn, create, and have fun. Find out what you can expect in the sections below.
Frames tell their own tales: about when the artwork was completed, decorative styles popular at the time, and the artwork’s journey from artist to collector. This hands-on activity lets visitors try their hand at accenting art with a wide range of frame styles on eight works of art.
Unlike the more popular stained glass, glazed glass is a 16th-century art form where paint is applied to a piece of glass and then viewed from the opposite side. Learn how artist Cappy Thompson created her glazed glass installation, Stars Falling on Alabama: We Are Enraptured by the Celestial Fireworks of the Muses.
Good lighting isn’t just about the intensity of the lighting. It is also about lighting direction and its effect on the elements of the artwork. This lightbox, inspired by Edward Hopper’s Light at Two Lights (1927), uses knobs and dials to change the mood from fierce to cheerful to ominous by adjusting the interior lighting.
Follow the history of art from around the world, from 3300 BCE to the 21st Century. This touch-friendly timeline includes information about the ages interwoven among replicas of sculptures, art, and media.
Printmaking is an artistic process that transfers images from a printing plate to another surface, often paper or fabric. This hands-on interactive covers all aspects of traditional printmaking techniques, including woodcut, etching, engraving, and lithography.
The building blocks in ArtWorks use a wide range of shapes, from stacking squares to foam blocks and triangular magnets, to improve hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and logical thinking.
ArtWorks is home to multiple computer stations where children and families alike can play, create, and learn. Programs include: Kid Pix Deluxe; KID PIX 3D; Color Mixer; KAMI; Lucas & Friends: Coloring Games; Masquerade Mysteries: The Case of the Copycat Curator; Doozla; Let’s Create! Pottery; and Animal Coloring Book.
Quilts are made of a variety of different shapes, patterns, and colors. With this hands-on quilt activity, design and color quilt patterns by piecing together different shapes and colors on our felt board. Select from multiple patterns and let your imagination run wild.
Drawing at an upright angle instead of a flat surface helps visitors of all ages to develop fine motor skills. These drawing stations, set in front of a life-size set of Edward Hopper’s New York Office (1962), allow visitors to sketch the scene or to explore their imagination.
California-based artist Ed Tannenbaum creates interactive installations using cameras, projectors, and advanced computer processing. His works invite participants to create a “painting” using the motion of their bodies, with palettes and effects changing every five minutes. Step into Recollections IV (lovingly referred to as the Tannenbaum Screen) to create a unique ephemeral work of art.
Practice your close-looking skills with this one-of-a-kind creation by self-taught artist Elayne Goodman. Her mixed-media creations combine fabrics, pieces of wood, buttons, beads, paint, and more to make unique pieces of contemporary folk art. Can you solve the clues to find all the hidden parts in her sculpture?
A kaleidoscope is an optical instrument with two or more reflecting surfaces tilted to each other at an angle to create a symmetrical pattern when viewed from the other end. These reflectors are usually enclosed in a tube, often containing colored pieces of glass or other materials that create ever-changing patterns when rotated. While most kaleidoscopes can fit in your hand, the one in ArtWorks is almost twenty feet tall, providing an immersive experience
Playing with hand puppets helps children learn through social interactions, whether they act them out alone, watch others create scenes, or make new stories with friends. The puppets in ArtWorks reflect our community with a wide range of professional roles, including doctors, crossing guards, police officers, firemen and women, and more!
ArtWorks Community Gallery
The ArtWorks Community Gallery, located in the corridor between the Foyer and ArtWorks Interactive Gallery, spotlights the creativity of River Region students and community members. In addition to installations inspired by special exhibitions and permanent collections, the ArtWorks Community Gallery also displays community art acquired by the Museum’s Learning and Programs department over the past twenty years.
For information about current work on view as well as upcoming exhibitions and how to participate, please visit the links below.
Admission and Hours
There is no charge for admission to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts or ArtWorks Interactive Gallery. Ample free parking is available.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM
Last entry at 4:45 PM
All of our restrooms include at least one wheelchair accessible stall as well as baby-changing facilities and a step stool to safely reach the sink.
If you have specific needs, please provide us with information on how we can better serve you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When ArtWorks Interactive Gallery is open, groups of ten or more are welcome but must make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance. Please contact email@example.com to schedule your group visit.
We look forward to welcoming you to ArtWorks. Please review our visitor and museum guidelines outlined below before your visit. By visiting in person, you agree to abide by these policies. The MMFA reserves the right to ask visitors who do not follow these guidelines to leave the Museum’s premises.