Top 10 tips for families visiting Tate St Ives

Find out about facilities, activities and how to make the most of your family’s visit to the gallery

Mother, friend and son at a Tate St Ives exhibition

1. We’re family-friendly

We have baby changing facilities and a cloakroom at Tate St Ives.  At the Barbara Hepworth Museum, facilities are more limited and buggy access will require assistance.

2. Start where you like…

Why not pick up one of our family trails to help you explore and investigate the artworks and buildings

3. Take your time

Feel free to stand or sit in front of a work for as long as you like.

4. Enjoy it

You don’t need to be an expert to look at or talk about art. Don’t feel you have to ‘get it’ to enjoy it – take whatever you like from a piece.

5. Make some noise

It’s OK to talk at Tate!

6. Your thoughts count

There are many ways to get a conversation going. When you visit a gallery you could try asking questions like: What is the loudest, smallest, largest, funniest or strangest work in this room?

7. Have fun with art

You and your family can try these activities in any of the galleries.

Strike a pose

Get your child to secretly choose an artwork with a person in it. Once they have looked carefully at the pose, find a space in the room and encourage them to try to recreate the pose. The rest of the group can then try and spot the artwork the pose came from.

Give us a clue

Encourage your child to find a portrait in the gallery that reminds them of: someone in your group; someone famous; someone you all know (perhaps a neighbour or a friend). With the help of clues, the rest of the group can guess the chosen person.

8. See it from their perspective

Get down to your child’s height and see what they see. The change in eye-level might make you think and feel differently.

9. Try a change of pace

Take a break and have something to eat.  Our café offers a healthy – and fun – children’s menu and we provide complementary crayons and activities.

10. Join in

We run events for kids and families in all our galleries.

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