Look twice! This February at the Gardner, try your hand at the art of the portrait with sketching activities, music, and performance throughout the whole Museum. Admission is always free for patrons under 17.

Programming For the Day

  • Bertucci Education Studio - Sitting face-to-face, sketch a quick portrait of a partner, then transform the sketch into a dynamic print.
  • Calderwood Hall - Musicians from the New England Conservatory give a family-friendly, interactive performance inspired by Scandinavian, Irish, and American folk traditions at 3:30 pm.
  • Living Room - See what happens when you sketch your self(ie) portrait.
  • Palace Galleries - Enjoy an Eye Spy gallery game throughout the historic collection.

How to Buy Tickets

Free with Museum admission. Purchase Museum tickets online or at 617 278 5156.

Group Visit Policy

Due to the nature of the collection and the high attendance during vacation weeks, we cannot accommodate groups of 10 or more during School Vacation Week.

Education and community programs are made possible thanks in part to support from the Barr Foundation, Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Mary Elizabeth and Adam Kirsch, Lenoir Charitable Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, Rowland Foundation, Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, and the Succop Family Charitable Foundation.

These programs are also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.