The Johnson Museum offers a wide variety of programs that are free and open to the public! Visit our Calendar for a complete schedule.

In addition to our opening receptions for exhibitions, some of our regular favorites include:

Artist Talks and Lectures

Notable contemporary artists, art historians, and other scholars visit the Museum and discuss their work, often in conjunction with a special exhibition.


Regular symposium focus on one outstanding special exhibition or topic and includes a keynote speaker and several other distinguished scholars in the field.

Public program days

Large-scale weekend afternoon events in celebration of the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions, with art-making activities, performances, food, tours, and other activities for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Concerts, poetry, films, and panel discussions

The Museum celebrates the performing arts through special events and discussions covering a wide variety of topics.


Teaching artists lead groups of adults through multivisit sessions on topics like calligraphy, brush painting, raku pottery, book-binding, drawing, printmaking, and more (fees are charged for registration and/or materials; discount for Members).

Especially for Families

Art-Full Family Days

Families join us on Saturday or Sunday mornings for performances by local favorites, special art-making projects, and opportunities to explore the collection together. Ideal for ages 3–7. ($5 per family/Free for Johnson Museum Members)

Art Trek

Pick up a free Art Trek packet at the front desk when you visit and explore the collection as a family, including hands-on activities.


Have an in-depth art-making experience with local teaching artists lead families through afternoon-long art projects.

Eye Openers

Art-making workshops for children (fees are charged for registration and/or materials).

Art Camps

Spring and summer art camps are sometimes offered, led by teaching artists. (Fees vary.)


The Artreach program, funded by the J. M. McDonald Foundation, provides multivisit classes for area organizations, largely providing assistance for underserved youth and adults, many of whom have special needs of some kind. We provide tours and workshops for at-risk and underserved youth; people with physical and mental disabilities, including Alzheimer’s disease; residents of addiction recovery facilities; and other such populations. These tours are tailored specifically to the needs and interests of each group and led by Museum educators trained to work with these populations.