What I've discovered is that once they get there, they actually DO enjoy it. At least a little bit. And some of my kids even invite their friends! (I love that our art museum is free for kids under 18--and many museums have a free/cheap day.)
The trick I've finally learned is to pair something like the museum with something my kids actually LOVE!
Such as ice cream.
I forgot to take photos of our ice cream, so I just used some from when my sister took my kids for ice cream. I told you, I'm a smarty.
And speaking of art, I bought a bunch of gel pens and markers, put them on the kitchen table, and it's been fun to see ALL my kids get involved in drawing (even if one child drew a bloody sword. Yuck!). I couldn't help but think of the line from Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come."
And true confessions, my mom has been cleaning out her storage shed. I drew the little house above when I was in 3rd grade. Did I trick you? I've always wanted to have a piece of art in the museum. So now I guess I do.