February 8, 2001
Owning one of the premier permanent art collections in the US---over 11,000 pieces!!---the High provides many wonderful, educational opportunities for adults and children alike. With a big budget, the High is able to host many special exhibits that will keep patrons coming back time and time again for more viewings. These special exhibits often come with an extra charge but are normally well worth their price.
What will kids like? When visiting the High in the fall of 2001, my son enjoyed using an MP3 player that explained the paintings included in a special exhibit of work by Winslow Homer and Monet. Some of these explanations were written expressly for children! Audio isn''t available for ALL exhibits, but it is getting more and more common for the larger ones.
SPECIAL NOTE: Many popular exhibits sell out, so it is good to buy advance tickets for the big names. Also great for children are the many free workshops offered at the High on the weekends. For the cost of admission into the museum, kids may partake in art classes that revolve around famous artists. There are also many festivals for kids that celebrate artists in the museum. All kinds of projects are encountered from making African masks to the painting of self-portraits. Call the museum to check on Saturday workshops. Some of these require pre-registration. Sunday drop-in workshops are free (excluding price of admission to museum).
In addition, there are many interesting summer camps available for children at the High, and there are some activities for younger than school- aged kids that are often scheduled during the week.
What will adults like? In addition to seeing the work of masters, adult patrons of the arts will enjoy special events such as jazz nights sponsored by the High. What could be more romantic than sipping wine and viewing beautiful art with a significant other? Call the museum to see when special events are scheduled.
Bottom line? Over 500,000 annual visitors agree that a trip to the High makes for a very nice afternoon for the whole family. And if the kids behave, the High Cafe sells some good cookies, too! Vini, Vidi, Vici is around the corner from the High if you''ve worked up an appetite at the museum and want to splurge on some good Italian.
From journal Atlanta with the Family