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

Artica Gallery

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 Gallery

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.

Western Illinois University Museum Studies graduate students were inspired by the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Figge building and created this installation as part of their Museum Education course taught at the Figge. Students explored the migration of two Sol LeWitt artworks as they transitioned to the museum in 2005.


Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery

Dedicated in honor of Mary Gildehaus, an avid supporter of the Figge and the Quad-City community, this gallery suppports the museum's education department and exhibitions featuring work by local art students.

September 26-November 7
Day of the Dead: Art, Culture, Spirit

This traditional holiday, The Day of the Dead, highlights the strength of family, community relationships and the continuance of life. It is celebrated with great joy as the living reconnect with loved ones lost through death. The exhibition will feature handmade folk art, interactive displays and bilingual labels.


Visit Studio 1 to explore installations that are designed to complement selected special exhibitions with hands-on activities that will challenge your imagination and encourage broad thought.

September 26-November 7
Experience the traditional holiday, Day of the Dead, in this extension of the Day of the Dead exhibition in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery. Art activities will be available for all ages.