The girls and I had a surprise visitor this weekend! Trevor was able to make it home from Louisiana for a quick visit. We had rain pretty much all weekend so I had already made plans with my sister-in-law Kelly and niece Georgia to hit up MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) so we met up with them Sunday. 

I’ve lived in the Capital Region since 1999 and had never made the trip to MASS MoCA before. The place is massive (seriously, you get a ton of steps in and it kind of felt like a workout by the end) and there was a huge variety of exhibits. 

Some of the highs for us were “Until” by Nick Cave and “A Wall Drawing Retrospective” by Sol LeWitt. The kids especially loved “Here Comes the Sun,” which was a menagerie of animals, made out of other repurposed items. They had a lion head made from shotgun shells and a sheep made completely of scissors. It was great to spot the animals and the materials they used.

Overall, MASS MoCA is a great place to introduce kiddos to art – especially for the wide open spaces in such a large refurbished warehouse. I wish they had more options in the kid space. They had several crafts to work on (ones that reflected the museum’s exhibits), but a few more things to touch and interact with – especially for younger toddlers – would’ve been nice. 

The cafe had a lot of different options and I liked that they had some healthier items (I had a spinach salad for lunch). Like many great contemporary art museums, they even had a great gift shop with some hysterical gifts. 

Local people, many area libraries offer free museum passes, including to MASS MoCA, so check your local library before you go to see if you can get free admission.