MusGrab the kids and get ready for an interactive, fully digital art adventure at the brand-new Telfair Children’s Art Museum.
“It’s a little something for everyone,” says Telfair’s Director of Institutional Advancement Rana Edgar. “It’s designed for kids, but I think it also ‘Wows!’ adults.”
The Museum is two levels of fully immersive, technology-driven art history and hands-on fun. You enter the Children’s Art Museum (CAM for short) on the third floor of the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center and immediately you’re whisked into a world of digital art fun. Virtual guides (Cammy the Chameleon, a teenage boy named Lionel, a middle school girl named Ramona and a super cute toddler named Shelley) walk kids and parents through the thematic art experience. This first vision of CAM is all about Impressionism. Your tour guides talk to each other and to (you) their new visiting friends, educating in the process.
“It’s like your friends are walking with you through the journey,” says Edgar. “The Impressionists were rebels in the art world. Painting outside instead of outdoors, developing new types of paint and even the easel. With this digital hall you follow along with our virtual guides and see how it happened.”
But then, once you round the corner *YOU* become the art!
“It’s our Portrait Gallery,” says Edgar. “You are ‘painted’ in each frame according to the style of the various artists.”
The images in the frames move and sway along with you, jumping, waiving, talking. But your virtual guides aren’t done yet.
Next, they take you down one level to the hands-on, ready-to-build and create toddler zone and family lounge! Blocks, a magnetic wall, everything to get little minds spinning and having fun. There are even comfy chairs for mom and dad to sit, breathe and enjoy.
“It’s so much fun to hear the squeals and giggles and footsteps throughout the galleries,” says Edgar. “Hearing when they have the ‘Ah-ha!’ moments is just the best. It reminds us why we’re there.”
Your virtual guides have one more visit in store!
As you wrap up your journey through CAM, you enter Monet’s Garden. Through the power of technology and imagination, you travel to France to see the works of the Impressionist master himself.
“This is a full sensory art adventure and we want our kids to love it,” says Edgar. “They just happen to learn along the way.”
Want to take a trip of your own? The Telfair Children’s Art Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult admission is $25, kids 6-12 are $10, kids 5 and under are free and student pricing for ages 13-25 is only $17.50. Unlimited visit family packages are also available starting at $100 per year.
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Telfair Children’s Art Museum
207 W. York St, Savannah