Students participate in inquiry-based dialogues about thematic groups of artworks with museum educators. Writing may be included on specific tours.
60-minute tour: $9/student
90-minute tour: $10/student
GUIDED GALLERY TOUR TOPICS
Topics may be adapted for students in grades K–12 and university students when possible.
Looking and Learning
This tour is ideal for the first time art museum visitor, but also is a great way to see a range of the collection with any group! This tour engages students in careful observation, discussion, and interpretation of objects from a variety of time periods and parts of the world. Students strengthen critical thinking skills by learning to articulate their ideas about what they see and share those insights with classmates.
NEW! Looking to Write (Grades 3 and up; 90-minute tour recommended)
Make thoughtful observations and interpretations through engaging writing activities. A variety of writing prompts are a fun way for students to explore objects from different time periods and cultures while making connections to curricular objectives, and to think creatively. (Poetry connections may be made if requested in advance.)
Art Inspires Narrative Writing (Grades 6 and up; 90-minute tour)
Find a cure for writer's block! Discuss and write about works of art to identify and analyze depictions of character, setting, theme, and plot. Writing prompts allow students to practice developing their own narratives as a framework for original writing back in the classroom.
Learn more about the structure of our Art Inspires Narrative Writing tour and how to extend the program through pre- and post-visit activities in your classroom. Art Inspires Narrative Writing Tour PDF
Impressionism: An Artistic Revolution
Consider works by major Impressionist painters to discover why their innovative subjects and techniques captured personal experiences of the late-19th-century’s social, scientific, and industrial revolutions. (This tour is also fitting for French-language classes.)
Exploring Ancient Greece and Rome (Grades 3 and up)
Discover the origins of democracy through ancient Greek and Roman casts in the museums’ Halls of Architecture and Sculpture. Learn about the principles of visual balance and harmony, and compare works of antiquity to classically inspired artwork from later centuries to discover the ancient world’s ongoing influence.
Athena to Zeus: Mythology in Ancient Greek and Roman Art (Grades 3 and up)
Engage with examples of paintings, sculptures, and architecture from antiquity to the present that represent mythological stories and figures from the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Learn the importance of mythology in the ancient world and how it has helped to explain life experiences for humans throughout history.
European Art and Culture (Grade 5 and up)
Paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts spanning ten centuries of European history offer many curricular connections. Discover the evolution of art and how changing lifestyles, politics, and belief systems find expression in new artistic subjects, styles, and techniques. Spanish, German, Italian, or French focus may be requested depending on the collection options on view.
Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Students investigate and analyze art from the 20th and 21st centuries, a period that witnessed an explosion of new media, ranging from modernist canvas paintings to video installations. Practice aesthetic and critical response through discussions about the intersection of art and contemporary experience.
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