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World Culture Festival: Makers

Free with Museum admission; admission is free for children under 12 with an adult.

Celebrate art, culture, and makers during The Met’s annual fall festival! Explore how people around the world find inspiration through materials and technology, and use your own creativity to experiment with new and traditional art-making techniques. Enjoy performances, storytelling, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops throughout the Museum. For audiences of all ages.

All activities are free, and no registration is required. 

View the schedule in English.

View the schedule in Spanish. Ver el programa en español.

View the schedule in simplified Chinese. 查看简体中文版的活动日程

View a sensory-friendly resource for visitors on the autism spectrum.

Schedule of Events
All activities run from 12 to 5 pm unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change.


Thunderbird American Indian Dancers
12–12:30 pm, David H. Koch Plaza, near 80th Street (weather permitting). Rain plan: Floor 1, Great Hall
1–1:30 pm, 2–2:30 pm, Floor 1, Great Hall
Dance with the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York.

Brooklyn Raga Massive
3:30–4 pm, 4:30–5 pm
Celebrate Diwali with Indian classical music.
Floor 1, Great Hall


Drop-in Art Making
Meet artists and make art inspired by The Met collection! Drop in anytime.

Low vision Hands-on opportunities available

Unless otherwise noted, activities are best for ages 3 and up.

Community Mural
Come together to create a group mural inspired by Michael Lin’s site-specific installation Pentachrome in the Great Hall escalator.
David H. Koch Plaza, near 81st Street (weather permitting)
Rain plan: Ground Floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education

Let the Bells Ring
Learn how to use your body as an instrument with custom ankle bells.
Ground Floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education 

Pottery & Poetry
Create a clay pinch pot and a short poem inspired by the work of African American potters in the 19th-century American South.
Ground Floor, Carroll Classroom, Uris Center for Education

Amazing Animations
Collaborate with professional animator Lisa LaBracio and other visitors to create a stop-motion animated film inspired by ancient Egyptian art in The Met collection.
Floor 1, Egyptian Art, Gallery 135

Drop-in Drawing: Wire Sculptures
Draw in 3D! Sculpt in wire to examine movement. 
Floor 1, Gallery 548, Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court


Storytelling and Gallery Activities

Bilingual Storytime
1:30–2 pm, 2:30–3 pm, 3:30–4 pm
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books in English and Spanish.
Ground Floor, Art Study Room, Uris Center for Education

Latin Social Dance Class
12:30–1 pm, 1:30–2 pm, 2:30–3 pm
Get moving with Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s largest Latinx cultural organization and one of the United States’ cultural treasures! Explore a variety of Latin social dance forms like salsa, bachata, and more in this fun-filled class open to all ages and levels.
Ground Floor, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education

Free Met Resources for Educators and All!
The Met is giving away free educator resources to help you and your students learn more about the richness and diversity of works of art in The Met collection. While supplies last.
Ground Floor, North Classroom, Uris Center for Education

How Did They Do That?
Explore the intersection of art and science as you peek at technique and learn—through handling tools and materials—how works of art were created.
Reconstruction, Floor 1, Greek and Roman Art, Gallery 154, The Judy and Michael H. Steinhardt Gallery
3D Imaging, Floor 1, Greek and Roman Art, Gallery 154, The Judy and Michael H. Steinhardt Gallery
Pottery, Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 202, Great Hall Balcony
Architectural Adornment, Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 202, Great Hall Balcony

Need a break?
Check out these quiet galleries and enjoy some art away from the action.
Floor 1, Greek and Roman Art, Galleries 163–168, Leon Levy and Shelby White Court
Floor 2, Asian Art, Galleries 208 and 233, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Virtual Events

Can't join us in person? Experience prerecorded World Culture Festival activities online. Please note: These events are prerecorded.  

Create Your Own Art with #MetKids
Spark imagination, get creative, and have fun making art with The Met! Follow along with #MetKids to design your own masterpieces inspired by works of art. 

Paint Like an Egyptian!
How did ancient Egyptians create dazzling paintings? Let’s explore the process, and then try making your own tools for painting! 

The Materials and Techniques of Drawings and Prints
Essential to understanding a work of art on paper is an appreciation of how it was made. Learn about the most common techniques for making prints and drawings.


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Stop by the festival welcome table in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education (Ground Floor) to request an assistive listening device, an American Sign Language interpreter, a sighted guide, and a large-print or braille schedule of events, or to learn more about access accommodations, programs, and resources at The Met. You can also access The Met’s sensory-friendly resources online and take a break in the quiet galleries. View a sensory-friendly resource for this event.


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