First Visit to an Art Museum

Today we went with our kids’ school (UICS) to the Utsunomiya Museum of Art.  It was my first time to attempt taking our kids to an art museum and I was a little concerned about how it would go, especially with 2 1/2 year old Katie.  Calm, quiet places filled with things that shouldn’t be touched don’t generally go well with exuberant toddlers.  On the negative side,  Ethan said it was “boring” and Katie accidentally stepped up on a three dimensional piece of art that looked like a stepping stone (the docent working in the museum was very nice about it, though I was horrified).  However, Austin said it was interesting and he found one painting that he really liked.  He even said it was the best picture he’s ever seen in his life.  The boys and I also had a chance to talk about different styles of painting as we went around the museum, so our experience wasn’t a total wash.  All in all, it was a decent first art museum experience and I am thankful Katie didn’t break the art work she accidentally walked on top of! 🙂 

All three of the kids really enjoyed playing in the grass outside the museum, hunting for bugs, and getting their hands wet in a small fountain near the museum’s entrance.  We couldn’t take any pictures inside the museum, but I took a few while the kids were outside playing.  Here they are:


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