These galleries are open during regular museum hours and may be included with a museum tour.

Artica Gallery / Familly Activity Center

Looking for a creative spot for your kids to work on an art project, or a place for you to explore your inner artist? If so, visit the Artica Gallery! Artica is an interactive creative space for all ages. Look at huge painting reproductions on the walls, sit in front of a mirror and draw a self portrait, create on a computer drawing program, "build" a house with the assistance of a paper model or by usings colorful blocks, image a new you when you decorate a reflection of your face with glasses, moustaches or other interesting features, or dive into one of the many other tabletop activities in the space.

Artica helps you discover:
• where artists find inspiration
• how artists use their imagination to be creative
• how artists express their ideas

Installation of the Artica Gallery made possible with support from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
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Learn to Look

This gallery is designed to encourage looking and creating for visitors of all ages.  
It is located on Level 2, next to the Family Activity Center.

Painted Boxes of Haiti
Currently on view
See amazing hand-painted boxes created by Haitian artists. The vibrant colors,
intricate designs and beautiful shapes that decorate the outsides of the chests will delight audiences of all ages and inspire them to create their own special box art.

G. Manloit, Untitled (Box), n.d., acrylic on wood, Gift of Dr. Walter E. Neiswanger, M.D. by Bequest, 2007.23

Liver of the River
With the construction of the new I-74 bridge comes the responsibility of balancing the vital infrastructure needs of a community while maintaining the delicate ecosystem of the Mississippi River, particularly for federally endangered mussels. A landmark effort to provide education and public outreach about these fascinating creatures by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Iowa and Illinois DOTs, resulted in the development of the installation Liver of the River. This interactive and informative exhibit will explore why the river’s mussels and their habitat are integral to a healthy river system and the steps taken to ensure these mighty mollusks survive.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Become an active participant in the Community Gallery’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle installation this summer. Look, learn and make in this interactive exhibition that questions social conventions of consumerism and waste management.



This interactive space provides art activities for all ages!

Art, Social Consciousness and You!
Join the conversation! This summer Studio 1 will engage museum guests in hands-on activities that explore the role of visual art as social commentary. Interactive projects that complement the Figge’s special summer exhibitions will offer guests fresh perspectives on familiar subjects.