Step into Art


Explore art from the inside out

Step into the 3D world of four well-known paintings and experience art like never before! Ride a giant rooster, set up camp in the Canadian Rockies, prepare dinner for some hungry farmers and create your own version of the Mona Lisa smile.

Exhibit Details

Content Focus

Art appreciation, visual thinking strategies and communication skills


1,500 sq. ft.



Target Audience

Ages 0 to 9 | Families and school groups


Tallest component is 13 ft.
1 truck, 11 – 4’x8’ wheeled collapsible carts

Exhibit Highlights

Some of the most popular components of the exhibit

Camp at Lake O’Hara

Travel to John Singer Sargent’s 1916 camp in the Canadian Rockies. Climb into a tent, cook a pretend meal and tell stories over the campfire – complete with a campfire scent!

Corn Festival

Add flowers and ribbons of “cornhusks” to the celebratory flower tower depicted in a section of Diego Rivera’s fresco in Mexico City.

Dinner for Threshers

Set the table and cook a meal, mix-and-match the farmers’ patterned shirts and play with the farm animals in Grant Wood’s farmhouse painting.

Big Rooster

Load a cart with beautiful flowers and climb onto a giant rooster to take them to town in this colorful, creative scene inspired by Clementine Hunter, one of the world’s most famous Black female folk artists.

Playful Learning

By immersing visitors in well-known paintings, the exhibit aims to:

  • Stimulate a real and personal connection to the artworks through developmentally appropriate activities
  • Inspire children to create and talk about their own artwork
  • Provide a framework within which adults feel comfortable discussing art with children

"Nearly all that visited this exhibit loved the exhibit, it's content and presentation. Many people commented upon leaving the museum how much they loved the exhibit."

The Woodlands Children’s Museum

"The Framed: Step Into Art exhibit captures the imaginations of our guests as children are transported, and completely immersed in experiencing the impetus behind creating art."

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent