Check It Out

 Parent and Child reading a book in gallery

Current hours: Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Hirshhorn.
Summer hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Hirshhorn, beginning 7/21.


Going to an art museum with small children can be daunting and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Smithsonian Libraries and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Education departments have teamed up to create the Check It Out library + art pop-up program. Young museum visitors can stop by the Check It Out cart in the Hirshhorn's lobby and borrow a bag stocked with interactive materials and books designed to help them engage with the exhibits through a new, sensory perspective. There are three different kinds of Check It Out bags, each one with a children’s book, simple hands-on materials, and suggested artwork to visit. 

Are you in high school? The Check It Out cart is operated by Chaptour Guides who are ready to provide guiding questions, art suggestions, and other tips for a successful family outing. If you are a teen interested in being a Chaptour Guide, learn more HERE.

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