Museum launches outdoor family workshop

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is inviting families on a guided tour of the sculpture garden followed by an art activity for kids 

There is a new activity that promises to keep kids engaged, entertained and safe this summer. Kids over the age of 6 and their families are invited to take part in The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ (MMFA) educational workshop in the sculpture garden.

Families will be taken on a private guided tour of the museum’s outdoor sculpture garden, which displays public art north of Sherbrooke St. on the pedestrian portion of du Musée Ave. and south on Bishop St. After learning more about the history behind the 30 pieces of art, kids can use modeling clay to make miniature sculptures.

“This is a truly unique and exclusive experience for children and their families,” says Mélanie Deveault, the MMFA’s Director of Education and Wellness. “You have a private mediator act as a guide for the whole hour, and he or she can give your child different tips for creating their own masterpiece out of clay. It’s a fun way for kids to learn about art.”

Following public health and safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is a top priority for the msueum. All adults are required to wear a mask or a face cover for the safety of guests and museum staff. Children over the age of 12 are also requested to wear a mask or face cover.

Additionally, materials used for creating your sculpture won’t be shared between families. All furniture will also be sanitized after each visit, says Deveault.

“Our team is so excited and happy to interact with guests in-person again,” she says. “We’re fortunate to be able to continue offering our longtime tradition of family workshops while also enjoying the last few weeks of summer.”

The Fun in the Sun workshop is open every Saturday and Sunday from now until Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. After a short break, the workshop will resume on Saturday, Sept. 12, and run until Sunday, Sept. 27. The cost of admission is $4 per family. Families are limited to a maximum of four people, including parents and children. Reservations must be made in advance at mbam.qc.ca.