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Family Visits: Summer 2016

The Addison Gallery of American Art is the perfect place to visit with your family, and is always free of charge and open to the public.


We welcome children of all ages and provide resources to make your experience even more enjoyable. Our shows change throughout the year, so please visit us often!

Looking Together Family Tote Bags
Stop by the Visitor Services desk during your next visit to borrow a Looking Together tote bag with sketchpads and geoboards designed to help families engage with the artwork and each other.

The Addison’s Model Ship Collection
The Addison’s collection of 24 model ships has long been a favorite attraction for children. Writing about the Addison’s ship models in a Boston Globe article about great museums to visit with children, Mark Feeney observed “All are objects of wonder, beautifully detailed, and marvels of balanced strength and delicacy.” The Mayflower, Santa Maria, and Half Moon, along with many other vessels, are all on view.

Families & Educators Library
The Addison’s Families & Educators Library is located in the Museum Learning Center in the Sidney R. Knafel Wing. The library features books for children ages 6 months to thirteen years relating to art, art-making, creativity, museums, artists represented in the Addison’s collection, and much more.

Programs for Families
Throughout the year, the Addison offers Family Days featuring art activities and exploration inspired by selected exhibitions on view in the galleries, designed especially for the family audience. Check our calendar or sign up for our family email list to stay up to date.

We hope to see you soon!

On view through July 31, 2016

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television examines the way avant-garde art shaped the look and content of American television in its formative years from the 1940s through the mid-1970s, and in turn how television introduced the public to the latest trends in art and design. This dialogue between high art and television is revealed through a selection of fine art and graphic designs, as well as ephemera, television memorabilia, and clips from important television programs including Batman, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, and The Twilight Zone.

Walls and Beams, Rooms and Dreams: Images of Home presents historic and contemporary paintings, prints, photographs, models, and drawings from the Addison’s collection that give evidence of the multiple types of dwellings that humans have constructed for themselves, the many ways in which those spaces are inhabited, and the wide range of emotions and associations attached to them.

Selections from the Permanent Collection brings together some of the most well-known paintings from the museum’s rich collection, by artists including Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Jackson Pollock, John Singer Sargent, and Charles Sheeler.

Artistic Territories: Journeys in Place and Time, curated by Phillips Academy students, explores artists' travel through works from the Addison collection.

Special activity cards inspired by the children’s program Winky Dink and You featured in Revolution of the Eye are available at the Visitor Services desk.

Getting to the Addison

The Addison Gallery of American Art is located on the campus of Phillips Academy at the corner of Route 28 [Main Street] and Chapel Avenue in Andover. If using a GPS or web-based map, enter 3 Chapel Avenue, Andover, MA as the address (see campus map).

Parking is available on Chapel Avenue, across the street from the Addison, between Cochran Chapel and the Andover Inn. Nearby onstreet parking is available on Bartlet Street. A second parking lot is available behind Graves Hall, across Main Street.


10am - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday
1pm - 5pm Sunday
Closed Mondays, national holidays, and the month of August

Admission to all exhibitions and events is free and open to the public. The Addison’s galleries are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Questions? Please contact Christine Jee at 978-749-4198 or