Things to Do and See
From the moment that visitors step inside the Museum of Arts and Design, they are greeted with a soaring atrium and small intimate galleries that serve as a backdrop for one of the most impressive collections of wood, clay, metal, glass, fiber and plastic materials in the world.
Everything is considered art in this museum, as long as the inventors used innovation and expertise to fashion their objects. Visitors can find art genres ranging from abstract to figurative, and from downright functional to whimsically decorative.
The Permanent Collection
The Museum of Arts and Design offers visitors the chance to view an impressive permanent collection comprising over 2000 objects from an entire range of mediums – clay, wood, fiber and others. The collection contains items as small as jewelry to custom-built furniture. The permanent collection focuses mainly on American designers, but also contains works by artists in other areas of the world, including Australia, Asia and Europe.
Besides the permanent collection available on location, the Museum of Arts and Design also includes a series of exhibitions that change regularly. Examples of current exhibitions include “Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting” which explores how artists use fibers in an unorthodox way and “Contemporary Netsuke: Masterful Miniatures”, which explores the wonderful world of miniature carvings which originated in 17th century Japan.
Every day, twice a day (at 11am and 1pm), a docent-led tour takes drop-in visitors to view the current exhibitions at the museum. The tour is offered free of charge after paying the museum’s admission fee. Tours leave from the front desk.
Insider Hour Tours
Anyone who wants to gain an insider’s view of the goings-on in the Museum of Arts and Design should try to make this tour which takes place on the first Thursday of the month between 6 and 7pm. This is an informal tour of the current exhibitions that is taken with staff and volunteers of the museum.
The Craft Discovery Program
Geared towards children from K-12, this program is run every weekday and offers kids a great way to discover the wonderful world of crafts. The museum and its media are introduced and children are explained the entire concept of creating a work of art, beginning with inspiration and rounding off with the end product. Children are allowed to express themselves freely through a hands-on studio experience, focusing on fields such as sculpture, applied design and collage. The tours and workshops are age-appropriate and are adapted according to the level and special characteristics of the visiting group.
Sunday Morning Workshops
Every Sunday, between 2 and 4pm, children ages 6 and up can experience, together with accompanying adults, a fun workshop that is based on the museum’s current exhibitions. The workshops take on a variety of shapes, including interactive tours of the museum; hands-on, age-appropriate craft activities and take-home projects. For a minimal fee, including the cost of materials, young participants can delve into the rich world of arts and crafts and get to truly appreciate it.