Kids and Families

USC PAM offers a variety of family-friendly programs and events throughout the year, such as our Cultural Festivals and Free Second Sundays. Stay tuned for updates as we get ready for re-opening celebrations!

Interactive Galleries

Journeys: The Silk Road is an interactive family-friendly exhibition where visitors can explore the legendary trade route that linked Europe and Asia for more than a thousand years.

Most people are familiar with the phrase “Silk Road” and are enchanted by the romantic images it brings to mind. USC Pacific Asia Museum chose this intriguing theme to not only help visitors deepen their knowledge of the road, but to explore the wider idea of cultural exchange as seen throughout the museum’s extensive collection.

Designed for self-directed learning and hands-on engagement with objects and ideas, Journeys creates a museum experience that is different every time. The fundamental notion – that people, things, and ideas traveled the Silk Road – becomes much more meaningful when you can pretend to be the people, touch the objects, and see the ideas expressed visually. Visitors of all ages can try on a camel handler’s coat, unravel a silkworm cocoon, sit on a lotus blossom, touch real gold and jade, investigate a map, relax in the travelers’ tent, try an ancient dance, or even sit on a camel. Just as no two people are alike, ways of learning are not alike. By encouraging discovery through playing, pretending, touching, and looking in new ways, USC Pacific Asia Museum is allowing more people new ways to enjoy art and culture.

Journeys: The Silk Road was made possible in part by grants from the Ahmanson Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the Docent Council of USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Story Time

Join storyteller extraordinaire Sunny Stevenson in the Journeys exhibition room for Silk Road-inspired story time. Each Free Second Sunday of the month, she reads stories from across the world, delighting children and parents alike. Story time begins at 10:30am and 11:30 am and is followed by a hands-on activity. This program is free and open to the public.