Every second Sunday of the month, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta offers free Sunday admission for everyone!
Our little family ventured out to the High Museum for their free day called Second Sunday, offered on — you guessed it — the second Sunday of each month. Each month the activities and adventures are different, so there is always something new to discover. If you’re not familiar with this event, it is definitely a can’t-miss for families!
Ready to learn more about the High Museum free Sunday? Here’s everything you need to know about Second Sundays at the High, and why it’s a Georgia family favorite.
SECOND SUNDAY IS THE HIGH MUSEUM FREE DAY
When we visited the High Museum during their Second Sunday event, my boys were preschool age. I wasn’t sure if they would have a hard time engaging with the artwork, but my fears were unfounded. The High Museum staff did an excellent job of making it a family-friendly day.
On the second Sunday of each month, the High offers free admission for all visitors from Noon to 5 p.m., and special programming from Noon to 4:30 p.m. Bring the entire family and enjoy art-making activities, performances, and the High’s collection and special exhibitions. Each month has new activities, so there will always be something new to discover.
To receive free tickets, online, advanced, timed-ticket reservations are recommended.
SECOND SUNDAY ACTIVITIES
As we mentioned, the museum opens at Noon on Sundays, and I would recommend arriving as close to opening as you can. The crowds tend to grow as the day goes on.
In addition to the regular museum exhibits, there are also several hands-on stations during the Second Sunday events. During our visit, there was kids yoga, a screen printing station, and a photo booth, to name a few. Each event is a little different, so check the High Museum website to find out about events that might interest you on the day you plan to attend.
THE GREENE FAMILY LEARNING GALLERY
After stopping by the lobby, we headed to the Greene Family Learning Gallery. This Gallery was completely renovated and expanded in the fall of 2018, and is really a fantastic space for the youngest art lovers. You’ll find two great spaces here — Create and Experience.
In Create, you’ll find interactive activities and exhibits for kids, including areas where they can actually make art. The Stomp Splash exhibit is popular here — where kids move around in front of screens and it simulates what it would be like if you were actually throwing paint on a blank canvas!
In Experience, you’ll find an immersive environment that’s fun for kids. They’ll love exploring this multi-sensory space, which helps little ones understand how art can feel.
The Greene Family Learning Gallery is great for kids ranging in age from newborns to 8 years old.
STROLLER ACCESS AT THE HIGH
Since we knew there would be quite a bit of walking (and in an effort to help preserve the art from little hands), we took my 2-year-old in his stroller. It was surprisingly easy to maneuver around with the stroller at Second Sunday.
When you head into the center of the Stent Wing, you’ll see the ramps that head up to each floor. A single stroller can easily fit on the ramps, although I wouldn’t recommend a side-by-side double. If you do have a larger stroller, there are still elevators that are also easily located on each floor.
Stroller parking areas are offered near the Greene Family Learning Gallery, so you can explore that area free from strollers.
HIGH MUSEUM EXHIBITS WITH KIDS
When we visited, we spent time meandering through the different floors and exhibits. Our family really enjoyed the modern and contemporary art exhibit on the top floor. The boys loved all the three-dimensional pieces.
You’ll also find permanent collections of photography, African art, American art, European Art, as well as Folk and Self-Taught art.
During Second Sunday, you have access to all of the High Museum’s permanent collections, as well as their special exhibitions.
HIGH MUSEUM TRAVELING EXHIBITS
Second Sunday activities often correspond to the traveling exhibits. The day we visited, there was a special exhibit of more than 250 Andy Warhol prints on loan from the Jordan D. Schnitzer collection. My children loved all the vivid shapes, colors and textures.
As part of the Second Sunday family programming, my oldest created a silkscreen print influenced by Warhol’s work; he still proudly carries his cat print all around the house. A Drop-In Art is Making experience is available at each High Museum Free Sunday event.
LOTS OF KIDS ITEMS AT THE MUSEUM SHOP
Feed your child’s love of art by taking home something from the gift shop. There are always items based on the latest exhibit, like a soup can full of crayons based on the Warhol exhibit.
Kids loved the puppets in the Greene Family Learning Gallery. At the museum store, you can find finger puppets to take home. And of course there are lots of wonderful books to introduce your child to famous artists, or different art techniques.
For those who are more interested in doing than reading, you can find some innovative art project kits. Museum members get a 10 percent discount on anything they purchase at the store.
PARKING AT THE HIGH MUSEUM
The easiest parking is in the High Museum Parking deck. The entrance is located around the back of the museum, across from the MARTA station. Expect to pay between $16 and $18 to park on the deck.
On regular days, if available, you can pre-purchase parking when you order your tickets online. There are also limited meter spots along Peachtree, and if you dare, you can sometimes find street parking in neighborhoods. (Don’t tell anyone I told you that. I’m sure that’s not an ‘official’ suggestion.)
PLAN YOUR VISIT
There is so much to see and do. Plan your visit by creating an account and logging in to save favorites to your account. Within your account, you can save artworks, create maps, and find exhibits of interest.
Maps are fairly easy to create and can save you some time.
HIGH MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP
Fallen in love with the High? Consider a membership. There are tons of perks of High Museum memberships. The High Museum, Alliance Theatre, and Atlanta Symphony are all part of The Woodruff Arts Center. Membership provides discounted admissions tickets! Plus free access to tons of events, guest passes, and more.
There are even more discounts for educators, military personnel, and Bank of America Card holders and seniors.
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