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To register: Call 231.720.2571 at least one week before class begins.

Monday–Thursday, March 30–April 2
5:30–7:00 pm
Robotics with LEGO® Bricks
Class Instructor: Kathleen Steudle-Schwander
Ages 10-13/limited spaces
Cost: $60/$50 member
Class participants will learn the joys of building and programming robots with LEGO bricks while working with and against each other to complete various missions. There is no greater adventure then that of the imagination and the sky is the limit with this class. Students will be challenged to solve problems in new ways and to come to the understanding that there are multiple ways to complete the same task. Participants will learn to use special computer software specifically made for crafting LEGO brick robotics. To register: Call 231.720.2571 by March 23.
Computers provided courtesy of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

Tuesday & Thursday, April 7 & 9
10:00 am–noon
Zentangles for tweens and teens
Instructor: Marjorie Goosen, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)
(Ages 8-14)
$40/$35 member (includes materials)
Zentagling is a great way to express yourself, with no art training or background required to make beautiful, fun, and funky images. Learn simple, repetitive strokes to make exciting, unique, fresh drawings using simple tools. Prepare to be amazed with your success. This class will leave you wanting more! To register: Call 231.720.2571 by March 31.
Saturday April 25, 10:30 am –noon
Matting and Framing Workshop
Instructor: Keith Downie
$20 non-member/$15 member
There are no rules in art and no firm rules in framing. There are, however, picture framing materials, techniques, and design principles that will provide a contemporary museum-style presentation while being safe for your artwork and easy on your budget. This class is limited to 12 participants. To register: Call 231.720.2571 by April 17.
Artist and master framer, Keith Downie will focus primarily on framing artwork on paper, including photographs, during this 90-minute workshop. Bring one small paper piece or photo to mat in the workshop (maximum 12 x 16 inch size). Topics will include:
•    Identifying “archival” matting and glazing materials
•    Essential mat cutting tools
•    Cutting and assembling window mats
•    Hinging and mounting artworks on paper
•    Mat colors and frame style considerations
•    Where to buy materials (local, catalogue, and online)
•    Maximizing “a la carte” services from frame shops


Brown Bag films are shown on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 12:15 P.M. Films are free and complement MMA collections and exhibitions. Bring your lunch and enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies while you watch a film. Afterward, from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M., visit the galleries for drop-in guided tours led by MMA docents. Brown Bag Films and Thursday afternoon tours are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.


FRIENDS OF ART PROGRAMS (Programs are scheduled September through May.)

As it has been since 1923, Friends of Art extends a welcome to all who wish to partake in its program of study. As stated in the FOA by-laws, the purpose of the organization is to “…promote the study of art and to support the Muskegon Museum of Art.” FOA was incorporated in 1921 as a non-profit organization associated with the Hackley Art Gallery (now the MMA) and was an outgrowth of weekly morning art classes held at the gallery prior to 1917. In 1923, the group began the Wednesday morning programs that continue today. Meetings are scheduled from early fall through mid-May and are not held in January. In addition to daytime lectures presented by guest speakers and members, FOA hosts occasional field trips and evening programs. FOA membership is $20 per person. Muskegon Museum of Art membership is required for FOA membership.

Admission to most Friends of Art programs is free and open to the public.


Field Trips & Tours



Visiting the Muskegon Museum of Art is a great way to provide students with an opportunity to engage and connect with art. Students can explore the Museum’s permanent collection as well as the wide range of temporary exhibitions. K-12 school tours are always FREE.



Select a possible date for your visit. Choose a tour that works best for your group:

  • 1. 2014-2015 School Tour Guide (PDF)

  • Want something specific to fit your curriculum? Let us know and we will design it!

  • 2. Call 231.720.2571 to schedule your tour. Please call at least two weeks in advance.



A transportation fund has been created by generous MMA patrons to help area schools defer transportation costs associated with field trips to the Muskegon Museum of Art. After you have scheduled your tour, please fill out the application.

Transportation Fund and Application



These pre-visit powerpoints are a great introduction to the MMA prior to your visit.


Remember and Rebuild: Picturing the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Pre-visit PDF

Formal Elements of Art

Pre-visit Powerpoint

The Changing American Scene

Pre-visit Powerpoint



Enjoy a docent-guided tour for groups of eight or more.  To make reservations please call 231.720.2587.


Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. drop in for a docent led tour.  Reservations are not required. 


The MMA classroom can be reserved for special activities as a part of a tour experience if time and scheduling permit.  Groups of 30 or fewer, please.  Call 231.720.2571 to make arrangements.



Curator of Education Cathy Mott leading a Connection Through Art tour



Connecting Through Art focuses on Muskegon Museum of Art guests with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers. This interactive program was born of the personal experiences of Museum staff who have cared for family members and friends with these conditions.

The program, developed by Muskegon Museum of Art Curator of Education Cathy Mott, is based on a successful model developed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Studies have shown that stimulating mental activity combined with meaningful social interaction may lower the risks and rates of cognitive decline.

Cathy and Muskegon Museum of Art docents are trained in conducting these interactive themed private tours of 6 to 8 seated in close proximity to the artwork. These are not second-run pieces guests interact with, but world-renown art drawn from the core of our collection: Homer, Curry, Whistler, Tanner, and others. The docents use artwork to explore and discover new connections while drawing guests and their caregivers into a conversation about the art and its meaning to them by touching upon their own life experiences. Guests are not passive observers of a tour, but active participants, bringing their own perspectives and definitions to the experience.

Tours are conducted in the morning while the museum is closed to the public and when our guests are most alert and rested. They are limited to approximately 30 minutes in length to maximize the attentiveness of the participants.

The goal of Connecting Through Art is to contribute to meaningful engagement for and with our special guests. In a world of limited treatment options, physicians value these kinds of experiences which can build meaning and enrich memory as a vital component in a patient’s care regime.

•    Small groups (6-8 guests)
•    Private tours (tours conducted when the Museum is closed to the public)
•    Three to four works of art per tour, in close proximity
•    Themed tours • Chairs to sit on during the tour
•    Discussion includes observation, description, interpretation, connection and summary

For more information or to schedule a tour contact: Cathy Mott, Curator of Education 231.720.2587 or
Sponsored By Mercy Health



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The MMA Gift Store is a unique retail choice in Muskegon’s downtown neighborhood, Our gift shop offers a wide variety of items that feature masterpieces from the permanent collection, including magnets, mugs, posters, postcards, and purses. Our selection of original artworks and fine crafts by regional artists includes jewelry, paintings, prints, personal accessories, studio glass, pottery, and more. This array of consignment items changes regularly. We carry a variety of children’s gift items, including books and Melissa and Doug activity kits. 



The First Century of the Muskegon Museum of Art
By Marilyn Verduin Andersen

This limited edition full-color coffee table book tells the story of the Muskegon Museum of Art from its earliest days to its present time. Its informative and richly illustrated pages celebrate the Museum’s Centennial with a lively and informative story of the challenges and triumphs of 11 directors’ administrations, as well as the works of art and programs that distinguished their tenures. 
Pictures of the Best Kind Index
A printed index to Pictures of the Best Kind: The First Century of the Muskegon Museum of Art is now available. The index costs $5 and comes in a presentation folder. Frances F. Fisher compiled the index, putting over 1,000 hours of work into this project. Pictures of the Best Kind is still available in the Gift Store at a sale price of $50, which includes the new index. This beautiful 400-page, hardcover coffee table book is fully illustrated and was entirely produced in West Michigan.

Available at the Museum Gift Store

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