The Gallery

Every two months, The Gallery showcases the work of a local artist or artists, and gives visitors the chance to get a close-up look at some of the innovative, beautiful and inspiring work created by the talented New England artist community.  Come back often to see what's new.

Showing now through August 2, 2015

“Small World”


Small World displays breathtaking close-up images taken by children at the Museum. The central message of the show is that if we take the time to look a little closer, beauty is all around us.

For the past two years, photographer and Boston Children’s Museum Project Director Tim Porter has invited children to capture unseen details, through the lens of a camera, of small natural objects collected along the streets of Boston. On a few select weekends, children have also had the chance to take close-up photos of objects from the Museum’s collection.

On several weekends over the past two years, the Museum has set up a portable photography studio and invited children to choose from a variety of seeds, pine cones, flowers, shells and other objects and make them the subjects of photographs. Children choose an object, position it in front of the digital camera, select a background, adjust the lighting and focus, and finally capture their image. They get a chance to try out some basic post-processing, and then they email their photographs home to themselves to keep forever. Hundreds of children from all across New England, and as far away as Guatemala have created works of art through this ongoing program.

"I hope this project encourages children and adults to take the time to look more closely at the world around us, and seek out inspiration in unlikely places," said Tim Porter. "We try to use natural objects that we often walk past every day, but probably ignore since they don’t look like much from a distance. I love how surprised children and adults are when they see, through their photographs, how beautiful these objects really can be."

In addition to the photographs on display, visitors to the Small World exhibit are also invited to create their own macro photographs using a small camera stationed in the exhibit. Visitors can take photos of the same kinds of objects on display in the exhibit and then upload them to a growing Flickr stream that anyone can visit online.

What are we learning?

  • Communication Skills
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Visual - Spatial Thinking Skills