Father and daughter in Hammer Museum gallery

Hammer EDU

Family and Teen Guides

Planning a visit with your family to the Hammer Museum? Prepare for your trip by reviewing the information below.

See our Visit page to find out information about amenities that the Hammer provides to families.

Download a family or teen guide to enhance understanding of our exhibitions and related themes. The downloadable PDFs below can be printed and used in the galleries to enhance a trip to the Hammer or can be adapted to explore artists and ideas featured in the guides. 

Discovery Guide
For families and K-12 students and teachers

This guide is designed to help you make meaningful connections to artworks of your own choosing. We encourage you to pick a place in the museum that interests you, and use the prompts provided to discover more about art.

Art Cards
For K-12 students and teachers

Art Cards is a resource for teachers visiting the museum with their students. These cards will help you facilitate discussions around the artwork in any gallery and foster conversations among classmates.

Make in L.A.
For grades 6 and up

Take inspiration from Los Angeles artists and foster reflection, discussion, experimentation, and creativity. 

Learn more about the related exhibition, Made in L.A. 2014, on view from June 15, 2014–September 7, 2014. 

Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology Question & Connect Guide
For grades 6 and up 

This exhibition guide explores American artists whose work focuses on appropriation and institutional critique between the late 1970s and early 1990s. Question how artists dealt with these themes, and connect to its messages with various activities.

Learn more about the related exhibition, Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, on view from February 9, 2014–May 18, 2014.

A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living
For grades 5 and up

Explore architecture by looking at projects, photographs, and drawings created by architect A. Quincy Jones. Learn about architectural terms and images, and explore how spaces and buildings are designed and inhabited through interactive activities.

Learn more about the related exhibition, A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living, on view from May 25, 2013– September 8, 2013.  

Looking for more activities to engage kids with art? 
View resources created for K-12 teachers.