High Museum of Art

In mid-July, the High Museum of Art reopened. Art lovers can rejoice. The High has a large collection of art from a variety of time periods and art movements. African, Modern, American and European art grace the rooms. When moving from gallery to gallery, kids will love walking down the winding ramps in the bright atrium and mapping out what to see next.

Safety First

The High Museum is now requiring timed ticket entry to reduce the number of people, and tickets should be reserved or purchased in advance. All visitors older than 2 will be required to wear face coverings. Hand-sanitizing stations are located at all entrances and exits. Programming is paused, and the Greene Family Learning Gallery is temporarily closed. For more information, visit high.org.

Stand-Out Exhibits

The High has a large collection of art from a variety of time periods and art movements. African, Modern, American and European art grace the rooms, but the Museum also boasts out-of-this-world traveling exhibits.

Opening on Aug. 15, see “Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books,” which features the important events, people and themes of the Civil Rights Movement. The more than 80 artworks range from paintings to prints to collages. Illustrations from books showcased in this exhibit include “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans,” “The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights,” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights” and more.

Other exhibits include: “Paa Joe: Gates of No Return” on view through Aug. 16; “Pioneers, Influencers, and Rising Voices: Women in the Collection;” and “Shaheen Collection of French Works.”

Sky-High Installation

On view through February 14, stop by the Woodruff Art Center’s Sifly Piazza to see “Murmuration.” This installation designed by the architectural firm SO – IL was inspired by Atlanta’s reputation as the “city in a forest.” The mesh canopy represents Atlanta’s numerous green spaces, and with feeding stations and perches, it allows visitors to contemplate the ongoing loss of birds through the years while attracting birds to the space. As this exhibit is outdoors, viewing it is free, but admission is required if you decide to go inside the Museum.

Greene Family Learning Gallery

The Greene Family Learning Gallery is temporarily closed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Bring the whole family to play, interact and experience the High’s totally redesigned Greene Family Learning Gallery.

The redesign includes CREATE, a bright and open studio devoted to developing young visitors’ art-making abilities and encouraging the creative process. The newly created space across the hall, EXPERIENCE, is an immersive gallery, which enables visitors to explore what art means, how it feels and where it can take us. Both spaces will include a quiet space with activities designed for reflection as well as an area specifically for infants and toddlers.

Educational Programs

On Thursdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the museum hosts a special virtual program called Toddler Thursdays for free. The program is designed for children ages 15 months to 3 and engages small children in creativity with art-making activities, stories and tours.


Families can sign up to join the smARTbox kids club any day of the week. Parents can sign up for their child to receive a smARTbox containing an art activity and art supply. Each month the child returns to the High, he will receive a new art activity and art supply to add to his box. New activities and supplies are available beginning on the first of each month.

Second Sundays

On the second Sunday of each month, the High offers free admission for all visitors. Second Sunday will resume on Aug. 9. To adhere to social distancing and gathering guidelines, advanced timed-ticket reservations are required. At this time, special family programming has not resumed, but this is an excellent time to explore the art collections.

Summer Camp

Dive into art during the summer at the High. Young artists will explore the Museum’s galleries, create original artworks, and showcase their masterpieces in a special exhibition each week. Campers will learn about the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions while honing their skills in drawing, painting and design. Professional teaching artists will inspire your child to look closely, experiment with materials, and try new techniques. The High’s week-long camps are designed to serve rising first through eighth graders.

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