Museum Memories is a program consisting of tours and art classes specially designed for adults with early-stage dementia and their care partners. Participants are part of meaningful social activities, experiencing tactile and intellectual stimulation. This program gives visitors an opportunity to explore modern art in a way that increases their self-esteem and nourishes their relationship with their care partner.


This is the first time my husband and I have been able to find a program where we can work on the same level, both learning something new and exploring our creative sides. We have worked on art projects before but never in such a supportive, social and interactive environment. We are also especially excited to use our lifetime membership to visit the Bechtler and attend concerts at discounted rates. - Participant

Museum Memories aligns with Southminster’s cultural arts initiatives, with the belief that enriching cultural arts in our community will benefit all generations, both today and in the future. - Community Partner: Tracy McGinnis, Southminster, Director of Philanthropy

His wife was his care partner, they were a lovely couple. She said, “He is losing his language, we went to dinner with another couple and he didn’t speak.” As we sat there and watched him work with the teaching artist on his self-portrait he told stories of his youth, his travels and his family. His wife smiled, she said, “This is why we need classes like these.”  - Staff


After participating in Museum Memories, individuals with dementia and their care partners reported the following:

85% of participants reported feeling less anxious and stressed
81% of participants felt more connected to the community
93% of participants felt more confident in creating and viewing visual art


The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art welcomes individuals with early-stage dementia and care partners to participate in a Museum Memories Tour. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful social interactions and experience intellectual stimulation while touring the museum’s current exhibitions. All Museum Memories participants will receive a lifetime membership to the Bechtler. The program is free of cost – please register below to attend! 

All tours are from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

October 2, 2019 - Register here 

October 16, 2019 - Register here 

March 4, 2020 - Register here 

March 18, 2020 - Register here 

To schedule additional tours please email


To schedule an art-making workshop please email

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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the celebration and analysis of the strongest aspects of mid- century modernism as reflected in the holdings of the Bechtler collection.

The collection comprises
more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists. Some works are accompanied by books, photographs and letters illustrating personal connections to the Bechtler family.


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