Visiting with Children

Reynolda House welcomes families to learn and explore art together in the Museum. To make the most of your visit, here are some tips for touring with young children:

Before your visit

  • Pack lightly. We offer a limited number of complimentary lockers to store backpacks, diaper bags, and other belongings larger than 11x14 inches during your visit.

  • If your young visitor is unable to walk on their own, bring a baby carrier/sling to ensure easy access to all areas of the Museum and historic house. Due to the positioning of decorative arts throughout the house, strollers are not allowed in the Museum and can be stored in the locker area.

  • There is a lot to see on a visit to Reynolda. Young visitors sometimes enjoy taking a break on a bench or outside the Museum. Consider packing a picnic to enjoy on the Reynolda lawn or going for lunch or a snack in Reynolda Village. Your admission will allow re-entry as many times as you like on the day of your visit.

During your visit

  • Touching of the art, furnishings, or decorative arts objects is not allowed. To help young visitors remember this important guideline, try holding hands as you walk through the Museum, or clasp hands together behind your back as you explore. Encourage your young visitor to use descriptive words when looking at a work of art rather than pointing. Ask a front desk or protection officer to point out the tiles on the sun porch, they are touch-friendly (so are the handrails)!  

  • We encourage outdoor photography; photography is not allowed inside the Museum.

  • Changing tables are available in the women’s restroom in the Babcock Wing and in the restroom located in the Reception Hall.

  • Water fountains are available in the Babcock Wing. Food, drink (including bottled water) are not allowed in the galleries or historic house.

Look for these objects, especially interesting to children:

  • The Andes of Ecuador, by Frederic Church (how many animals can you find?)

  • Home in the Woods, by Thomas Cole (what do you think they’re going to eat for dinner?)

  • Animal tiles on the floor of the Sun Porch (how many animals to you recongize?)

  • Dresses, shoes, and children’s toys in the attic (imagine the Reynolds children playing with these toys, how are they similar or different from the toys you play with?)

After your visit