• Ongoing Programs

    Museum School Open House and Hands ON! Second Saturdays

    Saturday December 9, 2017 / 10 am – 6 pm

    The Hands ON! on Second Saturdays program offers monthly free admission, hands-on art activities, storytelling, a docent-guided tour, live performances, and community collaborations.  “Art Investigators” provides children and families with the opportunity to engage with Museum staff and take a closer look at selected artworks while engaging in a dialogue about the selected pieces.  Themes and programs change monthly and rotate through cultural explorations, exhibition connections and community partnerships.  Join us in December for our annual Open House in the E.L. Cord Museum School. Meet some of the Museum School instructors and enjoy hands-on art activities!


    10 am – 6 pm | Free Admission for all Visitors
    10 am – 4 pm | Museum School Ceramic Wheel Throwing Demonstrations
    10 am – 4 pm | Paint Your Own Nevada Ornament
    10 am – 4 pm | Drop-in Drawing in the Studio
    10 am – 4 pm | Screenprint Holiday Cards
    10:30 am – 3 pm | Paper Marbling Demonstrations 
    10:30 & 11 am | Children’s Storytelling with Kathleen Durham
    10:45 am | Van Gorder Elementary School Honor Choir – Holiday Performance 
    11:30 am | Art Investigators: Kid Detectives Look at Art
    12:00 & 1:30 pm | Mountain Music Parlor performs Holiday Songs
    1:00 pm | Public Tour (adult focus)
    2 pm | Art Investigators: Kid Detectives Look at Art
    2:30 & 3 pm | Children’s Storytelling with Kathleen Durham

    Lead sponsorship for the Hands ON! program through 2024 is provided by the Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation.

    Additional sponsorship by NV Energy, the Sato Foundation, the Thomas P. Raley Foundation, US Bank, and the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission.

    Free admission on Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation. Media sponsorship by Entravision and El Sol de Nevada.

    FREE General / FREE Museum members

  • Special Events

    Holiday Pop-up Shop

    Saturday December 9, 2017 / 12 – 3 pm

    During the holiday Hand ON! Second Saturday, take advantage of an exclusive shopping experience at the Museum Shop. Local ceramist Dayna Galletti will entice you with her whimsical ceramic wonders, perfect gifts for your creative friends. Mary O’Brien will showcase the jewelry line Casa Katalina, designed by her sister Katherine Leutzinger in collaboration with a family of goldsmiths in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Each timeless handmade piece tells a story rooted in place. 

  • Group Tours

    Guided Tour – Saturday Afternoon

    Saturday December 9, 2017 / 1 – 2 pm

    Tour the featured exhibition with one of the Museum’s trained docents during a regularly scheduled Guided Tour offered Thursdays at 6 pm (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 pm; and Sundays at 1 pm. Reservations are not needed.

    FREE with admission