Family Backpacks

a little girl about four years old sits on the floor in front of a large European tapestry, she looks up at it through an orange toy telescope

Check out a free family backpack to experience the UMFA in a whole new way and make the traditional, adult-oriented galleries more fun and accessible for your family. Each pack contains 4–7 hands-on and close-looking activities focused on individual art objects and the cultures they represent. Family backpacks provide a more compelling array of hands-on materials and multisensory activities than traditional paper and pencil family guides.

The packs are designed for families with children ages 4–12 and can be checked out at the welcome desk free of charge with Museum admission. Backpack themes include European Art, Asian Art, Egyptian Art, and Choose Your Own Adventure.

Spiral Jetty Backpack

The UMFA has partnered with the Salt Lake City Public Library to make our Spiral Jetty backpack available for families to check out for free at the downtown children's desk. Enjoy a family outing to Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1970)—learn about this amazing artwork and the history and science that surrounds it.

Fun activities for the whole family include tools such as a microscope, binoculars, compass, thermometer, and maps to guide your interaction with the landscape and science of Great Salt Lake. A sketchbook and worksheets generate insight to the artist and his artwork. Basalt rocks (made of foam) are included so you can try your hand at making a little jetty.

We appreciate feedback on our Spiral Jetty backpack. Click here to tell us about your adventure and share your family's backpack experience at #spiraljettybackpack or @utahmuseumoffinearts. 

The Spiral Jetty backpack is generously funded by Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College.


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