Art Venture

Art Venture

Please note that Art Venture is currently closed. Fun individual Art Kits with lessons and supplies are available at the Visitor Services Desk upon request (free for Members and for a small donation for all others). 

Art Venture is an innovative exploratory gallery for youth and families. Visitors to Art Venture can paint, draw, build, connect music with art, investigate 3D printing and printmaking, create sculptures, display artwork, and much more. This interactive hands-on learning environment includes continuously changing programming that engages children ages 12 months to 17 years and connects to our exhibitions and permanent collections.

14 Interactive Stations: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Sculpture, Music and Visual Art, Science, Architecture, Theatre, Pre-Toddler area, Giant Dry Erase Board, Color Wheel, 3D Printing, Older Student Stations, and Community Display Area. Stations have self-directed activities with curriculum connections and guiding questions to stimulate learning.

Art Venture Hours

Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12 - 5pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday

$5 per person | Free for children 23 months and younger | Members free


Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 10am-5pm
Friday, December 13, 2019 | 5-9pm
Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 10am-5pm
Saturday, April 11, 2020 | 10am-5pm

Art Venture Group Time

Groups of 10 or more wishing to spend time in Art Venture as part of a daycare field trip, community summer camps, and spring or winter break programs should to call ahead to reserve group time in Art Venture. Additional staff and art supplies will be provided to guide your group through the variety of activities available.

Duration: 60 minutes
Fee: $5 per person (one chaperone per 5 children is required)

Reservations should be made at least 3 weeks ahead of desired reservation date. To arrange, please contact Education Coordinator Alison Lee at 540.204.4101 or

Art Venture Gift Certificates

Art Venture Gift Certificates are available for purchase. The cost is $5 per voucher, and each voucher covers one full day of play in Art Venture. If you are interested in purchasing a voucher, please visit the Visitor Services Desk.