Baltimore Museum of Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Throughout the Museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city. Visit today! Admission to the collection is FREE for everyone, every day!
School Group Programs Available
(Grades 1 to 8)
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Baltimore Museum of Art for School Groups Grades Pre-K to 12th Grade
Each year, The Baltimore Museum of Art welcomes more than 25,000 students and teachers to its galleries, and proudly introduces its extensive collection and special exhibitions through school tours, educational programs, and workshops. Friendly, knowledgeable gallery teachers lead students on tours of discovery, helping them develop their visual and analytic skills through close observation and lively conversation.
Teachers find high-quality, affordable professional development opportunities and resources at the BMA—all designed to support classroom curricula and enhance student learning across disciplines.
Wonderful works of art await you at the BMA! Here’s all you need to know about tour topics, tour planning, special exhibitions and teacher resources.
Guided Pre-K–12 Tours
The BMA invites Pre-K-12 and university students and their teachers to participate in engaging tour experiences with art that inspire creativity, foster critical thinking, and explore the human stories of art. All tours are led by trained Docents (volunteer gallery teachers).
Guided tours are offered to groups of 10 or more elementary, middle, high school, and university students Wednesday through Friday beginning at 10 a.m. Tours generally last one hour and are limited to 90 students. If your school group is large, it will be divided into smaller groups of 10-15 students.
Lead Your Own Tour (Self-Guided)
TOURS LED BY TEACHERS OR TOUR OPERATORS (SELF-GUIDED) TOURS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE.
To request a time for a Pre-k-12 or university group, please fill out our convenient online School Tour Request Form (PDF).
- Are limited to 90 people.
- Must be booked at least 6 weeks in advance using our convenient online tour request forms (see above).
- Are offered afternoons AFTER 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
- Are offered on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please note that availability may be limited due to weekend tours and events.
- Must provide their own worksheets and pencils or other assignment materials.
- Must give priority to previously scheduled docent-led tours in the galleries.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SELF-GUIDED TOURS
- Visit the BMA before your scheduled visit to make plans.
- Take advantage of FREE online teacher resources available through the BMA for preparation, pre-visit activities, or follow-up activities.
Please Check the BMA FAQ for detailed Trip Planning information
All School tours of the BMA are FREE!
Tours are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book your tour at least six weeks prior to the date you are requesting. Scheduling is required for both guided and self-guided tours.
7 Easy Steps
1. Consult the Tour Topics (PDF) and choose the tour that best meets your curricular needs, your students’ interests, and the size of your group.
2. Select possible dates and times that you would like to bring your group to the Museum. Guided tours are offered Wednesday through Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Remember to consult your school’s vacation, testing, and activities calendars!
3. All tour requests must be submitted at least six weeks in advance on our convenient School Tour Request Form (PDF). Please fill out the form completely. Incomplete information may delay your tour request. Since date, time, and other details of your request may have to be adjusted, please do not assume a date is reserved for you until you receive confirmation. The tour request form may be submitted in the following ways:
By email (preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org
By fax to 443-573-1581
School Tours, Education Department
The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Please inform the Education Coordinator if:
- Your students would like to eat lunch in the Sculpture Garden
- You plan to stay in the Museum after your guided tour is finished
- You have students with special needs
- Your students are part of an ESOL or ESL program
4. After your visit is scheduled, you will receive confirmation by email, followed by a packet of information in the mail. Your tour is not confirmed until you have received the email and printed information:
5. About a week before your visit, a Museum Docent (volunteer gallery teacher) will contact you to learn about your goals and expectations for your tour. This brief conversation will help your Docents plan a learning experience tailored to the needs of your students.
6. Prepare for your visit by reviewing the confirmation informatino, including Gallery Guidelines, with all students and chaperones. Students have the best museum experience when they know what to expect and what is expected of them. Some teachers find it helpful to review the Gallery Guidelines on the bus on the way to the Museum.
7. If you must cancel your tour, please notify the Education Coordinator as soon as possible. Voice-mail and email are available 24 hours a day at 443-573-1821 and email@example.com.
Online Resources available for Teachers to use in the Classroom
BMA Go Mobile NEW!
EXPLORE THE ART WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE!
Access exclusive video and audio interviews with artists, curators, and Baltimore personalities, gallery maps, original compositions by Baltimore-based musicians, and more with BMA Go Mobile (artbma.org/gomobile). The personalized and portable mobile art guide features rich information and fresh perspectives on more than 100 objects in the BMA’s great contemporary collection. Complimentary iPod Touches are also available for museum visitors to check out during their visit.
Wednesday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, please call 443-573-1700 for information on Museum closings.
The BMA closes at 3 p.m. on December 24 and is closed Christmas, New Year’s Day, July 4, and Thanksgiving. The Wurtzburger and Levi Sculpture Gardens are open year-round with the Museum until dusk, but may close during inclement weather.
Free General Admission
The Baltimore Museum of Art is free—for everyone, every day!
The BMA also presents special ticketed exhibitions and events that may require admission fees.
Members receive free admission to special ticketed exhibitions, as well as invitations to Members First Night preview parties and Members First Preview Days, plus discounts at The BMA Shop, Gertrude’s restaurant, and so much more!