For Families

Family groups of all ages will find Maryhill to be engaging and FUN! Visit and enjoy the galleries in a new way using our checkout materials and family areas, or venture outdoors to enjoy the sculpture park and amazing views.

In the Gallery

Families may use the Art Discovery Activity Books to guide exploration and allow you to enjoy the museum together. Download and print the guides below, or pick up a copy when you arrive.

Maryhill Favorites
The Eye Of Rodin
Columbia River People


Art Discovery Activity Books are sponsored by Judy Lackstrom and Robert Morrow.

Visit the EyeSEE Activity Room

Located in the Museum’s upper level, this is a great place to play a game, read a book or check out a Maryhill Discovery Bag. Bring these bags into the gallery identified on the bag and take turns leading discovery activities.

The EyeSEE Activity Room is sponsored by Judy Lackstrom and Robert Morrow.


Family Programs at Maryhill

Mark your calendar and join us for memories in the making!

Saturday, May 20, 2017 | all day
Wild West Family Day

Join in the fun at Maryhill’s annual Members’ Appreciation Day. Take the family on a drive on the amazing Maryhill Loops Road between 10 a.m. and noon to enjoy one of the first modern roads in the Northwest. Eat lunch at Loie’s: The Museum Cafe, or bring your own picnic to enjoy in the sculpture garden. Take in the views and the collections in the galleries. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. families are invited to play a game of horseshoes, create pictograph paintings on rocks to take home and create a woven sculpture using natural materials. Don’t forget to stay for the BBQ Dinner at 4:00 p.m. (Tickets required for dinner; to reserve, call 509.773-3733 ext. 20.)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 1 to 5 p.m.
Worldwide Knit in Public Day

Bring your whole family, a ball of yarn, your knitting needles or crochet hook and join Maryhill for Worldwide Knit in Public Day! Leave a square at Maryhill and receive a postcard from our collection! Free with museum admission.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | noon to 3 p.m.
La Blouse Roumaine

This world-wide event celebrates the Romanian culture. Take a Romanian-focused family tour through the Maryhill Galleries to find inspiration, then try your hand at embroidering a Romanian-inspired design on materials right for your skill level. Free with museum admission.

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Loïe Fuller in the Garden / Starry Night at the Museum

This family friendly event will engage your family all day and all night. In the afternoon, family activities will involve dancing like Loïe Fuller, arts and crafts, and a performance of a Loïe-inspired dance by Gonzaga University dance students. Then pitch your tent and stay with us all night in Maryhill’s garden while Rose City Astronomers show us the heavens through powerful telescopes. Cost for Tent or RV Campsite: $50 members  / $60 non-members. Stargazing only and Loïe activities are free outside; inside activities are free with museum admission. To reserve a campsite call 509.773.3733 ext. 20.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 1 to 4 p.m.
Day of the Dead Family Celebration

Remember and rejoice our family members, past, present and future, while we also celebrate the end of Maryhill’s season. Join us for a slice of cake, art-making and learning about this important Mexican holiday. Free with museum admission.



Explore These Engaging ExhibitsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Maryhill’s diverse collection means there truly is something for everyone, but several permanent exhibits never fail to delight children of all ages. Explore 75 chess sets from around the world and the magical Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France.

Don’t forget to visit the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center on the lower level of the museum to see students exhibitions, play a game of giant chess, sketch the view of the gorge, or discover what happens when you walk into a Camera Obscura!


Discover the Grounds

Make it a great day by exploring our museum grounds, including the outdoor sculpture park, the views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge, part of the Oregon Trail, or travel a few miles east of the museum to see Sam Hill’s full-scale replica of England’s Stonehenge!

Don’t forget to bring a picnic and a soccer ball. Maryhill is a place for family FUN!