Visual Arts

Visual Arts

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499 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA, United States

The New American Shakespeare Tavern® is unlike other theaters. It is a place out of time; a place of live music, hand-crafted period costumes, outrageous sword fights with the entire experience centered on the passion and poetry of the spoken word. With an authentic British Pub Menu, the New American Shakespeare Tavern® has an enchanting history and a prime location in downtown Atlanta. We are a professional theatre with food and drinks available before each performance (and don’t forget the apple crisp at intermission!)

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The New American Shakespeare Tavern

School Group Matinees & Programs

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s Education programs provide opportunities for students, educators and parents throughout Georgia and the Southeast to experience the power of Shakespeare’s language and dramatic vision through play, passion, poetry, active participation and performance using dynamic, language-based methods.

We do this through interactive, fast-paced playshops in the classroom; useful, in-depth study guides for all our school programs and performances; in-school and after-school residencies of varying lengths where the full power of Shakespeare in performance can be experienced by your entire school and summer programs that delve deep into the world of Shakespeare performance and study for students and teachers alike.

 

Student Matinees

All weekday matinee shows begin at 10 AM.

Tickets are $14 each, except for our $10 preview matinee performances (listed). Availability is subject to change. Ticket sales are tax exempt if paid by school check or school credit card; otherwise 8% Fulton Co. sales tax will be added

To book group tickets to a weekday matinee, please call The Shakespeare Tavern® Box Office at 404-874-5299 x 0 or email boxoffice@shakespearetavern.com. (Matinee and Group tickets are NOT available for purchase online.)

Book Matinee Tickets Now

If the matinees for the play you would like to see are sold out, please call or email the Box Office to book tickets for an evening show or to have your group added to the matinee waiting list. (Please note: Student groups can be accommodated most easily on Thursday and Sunday nights.)

Ticket availability reflects what has been reserved, but not necessarily what has been purchased so numbers are subject to change (even if it says Sold Out, check back from time to time to see if any tickets come available!)

Please also visit our Student Matinee Etiquette page and our Study Guide page to help your students prepare for their visit to the Tavern. Also read “Off the Page and Onto the Stage: a Student’s Guide to seeing shows at the Tavern.”

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The New American Shakespeare Tavern

Outreach and Residency Programs

From study guides to interactive in-school workshops, here’s an overview of what we can offer.

Playshops in Performance

Suggested for grades 3-12

We call them ‘Playshops’ because they feel much more like play than work! Students will gain new insights into Shakespeare’s relevance while experiencing the power of his language when they get out of their seats and on their feet, exploring Shakespeare’s text with trained teaching artists who also make up our professional acting company. Our Playshop in Performance is the #1 most requested program we offer–often in combination with student matinee attendance–and is the best way to introduce the ‘play’ behind the play.

Shakespeare Says!

Suggested for grades 1-5

This exciting and highly interactive event introduces the language and style of Shakespeare’s plays to your elementary school students using A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the art of storytelling. The workshop encourages creative play, cooperation and successful participation for all kids.

Playing Shakespeare Funny

Suggested for grades 10-12

Designed for older students who have had some exposure to dramatic literature or acting, this Playshop explores one of Shakespeare’s popular comedies (Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Taming of the Shrew) for all types of funny. We’ll discuss rhetoric and comedy ‘rules’ that can be followed or broken to great comedic (and dramatic) effect.

Design Your Own Shakespeare Classroom!

Nothing helps students forge personal connections to Shakespeare’s poetry quite so well as the chance to explore his words on stage. If you would like to provide your students a deeper experience with Shakespearean drama than a 1-hour Playshop might afford, we can help. Our customizable Shakespeare Performance Residency program can meet your classroom needs and budget.

What if I don’t teach Shakespeare in my class, but I’d like to incorporate the arts and get my students on their feet?

Our work isn’t just for classes studying Shakespeare or theater arts! The same top-notch teaching artists from our professional acting ensemble also offer Playshops appropriate for classes teaching poetry curriculum’s, creative writing, history, classical civilization and more.

Playshops for Non-Shakespeare Curriculum’s

Suggested for Grades 3-12

  • Exploring Imagery and Figurative Language with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Grades 3-8)
  • Exploring Imagery and Figurative Language with Romeo and Juliet (Grades 9-12)
  • Julius Caesar: Political Intrigue in Ancient Rome.
  • Exploring Fate and the Structure of Tragedy in Macbeth.

And those are just a few examples! For more information about these Playshops, contact Tony Brown at tony@shakespearetavern.com call 404-874-5299 ext. 55.

Play On! Theater Games to Build a Classroom

Suggested for Grades 1-12

ASC is thrilled to offer this new interactive workshop specifically tailored to your students. Play On! incorporates dramatic arts within the curriculum, harnessing the power and excitement of live theatre and the idea of ‘play’ to teach your students valuable classroom skills. Written through collaborating expertise of teaching artists and classroom teachers, this workshop offers games and exercises appropriate for any age group.

Renaissance Youth Residency

The Renaissance Youth Residency is an eight-week, language-based exploration of a Shakespeare play culminating in a full production. It focuses on the after-school activities of casting, rehearsing and producing a play by William Shakespeare. Students in the project can receive training in:

  • Stage combat, stagecraft, warm-up techniques
  • Acting, dance and voice work, and stage movement
  • Costume, makeup, lighting, and props/set design and construction
  • Backstage management, publicity and program/poster design
  • Dramaturgy, scholarship and research skills

Master Classes are available in:

  • Stage combat
  • Elizabethan dance
  • Shakespeare’s text in performance
  • Stage management, stage craft and design
  • Sound sculpture/effects, music and additional skills
  • Master classes can be opened to anyone in the school community, including parents, as well as the cast and crew of the show. The director of the production and trained Education Artists / professional ASC actors teach these classes.

Keystones of the Residency are:

  • Inclusiveness and participation for everyone
  • Creativity and a high level of polish in performance
  • A commitment to the over-all scholarship required when producing and performing Shakespeare.

Participation in the Residency will build:

  • Team work and time management skills
  • A sense of commitment and passion for a greater, creative good
  • Greater clarity and confidence in self-expression.
  • Enhanced empathetic listening skills.
  • Self-esteem and life-skills that can lead to future success in college and the greater world.

For more information or to schedule a Renaissance Youth Residency, please contact Director of Education and Training Laura Cole at laura@shakespearetavern.com

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Shakespeare on Location

Bring a Full-length production of a Shakespeare Play to Your School

In the current school year ASC has already heard from a number of schools that their field trip opportunities are being reduced or even curtailed.  Never fear, Shakespeare Superheroes are here!  We are beginning to specialize in offering students an unparalleled opportunity to experience all the excitement of our professional performances at their home theatre.  Teachers share with us time and again that our performances are what Shakespeare is all about and we won’t let the high price of gas keep us from offering you the finest in Shakespeare performance.

Shakespeare on Location means our artists on your stage, bringing all the excitement of live performance and active learning to your students, and you don’t have to pay for the buses or worry about departure times, traffic, or who forgot to pack a lunch!

Performances may be scheduled on select Thursdays throughout the academic school year.

This is not an hour-long abridged/small cast performance but the same show you see when you bring your students to the Shakespeare Tavern®.  Give us a call immediately to book your tour, as these Thursdays will go quickly.

Customize your Shakespeare on Location experience with these options:

Performance Only

Thursday morning performance in your 400+ seat theatre, $14 a student, with a $5,500 minimum. Add a playshop for only $4.00 per student (a 43% discount off our regular playshop rate)

Performance Plus

This includes in-class work with all participating students. Our one-class period “playshops” are highly interactive. Up to five ASC Education Artists work with up to 50 kids at a time, dividing into smaller teams. Students work closely with an education artist in these smaller groups to unleash an exciting, immediate, and personal experience of Shakespeare’s language, which they quickly make their own in the acting process.  The playshops occur up to a week before the performance and the total cost for both is $16 per student.  We can even incorporate evening performances open to the entire community upon request! 375 student minimum.

Details:

In all cases the school must have an auditorium or theatre that seats at least 400, with working lighting system, and a clear, clean playing space 25 feet by 30 feet.  The proscenium must be a minimum of 14 feet tall, to accommodate our tour set. Also required are two dressing rooms (or equivalent nearby classroom space), access to restrooms and running water.  All we need to plan a performance or residency is your choice of dates, and a time to visit your school to confirm theatre specs.  Our tour office will take care of the rest!

All of the above most easily accommodates schools located within 50 miles of downtown Atlanta. For schools beyond this radius, special planning becomes necessary. Please contact the ASC box office as soon as possible and we can begin the planning process.

The Life and Works of William Shakespeare: Lecture – Demonstration

This fast-paced demonstration brings five costumed actors from our professional company to your school to present the story of Shakespeare’s life, illustrate the beauty of his words and to throw in a little Renaissance history for good measure. We draw from such works as Hamlet, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew and even the Sonnets, to illuminate Shakespeare’s life and career using some of his most beloved poetry. Mix in music, humor and even a little swordplay, and you’ve got yourself a pretty exciting class period!

This presentation has no cumbersome set to move in or out – it’s just our actors, your students, and the story of how a brilliant man created his immortal words. While we’re there, schedule a Playshop or two on the Shakespeare play you are studying with your students!

Lecture-demonstration and in-depth question and answer session runs 55 minutes. Pricing is $5.00 per student, and a minimum of 100 students (maximum 300). Scaled travel fee additional for distances more than 50 miles from ASC.

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2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States

The Kennedy Center Education Department commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students, teachers, adults, and families; offers professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers and artists; creates and implements model programs for use by other performing arts centers and schools; develops and encourages community and national outreach programs; fosters careers of young artists and arts managers; and provides arts education resources via satellite, the Internet, in print, and in person. Performances for school groups provide opportunities to learn, to explore, and to embrace the arts.

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The Kennedy Center  Education Department Performances for School Groups

The Kennedy Center Education Department commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students, teachers, adults, and families; offers professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers and artists; creates and implements model programs for use by other performing arts centers and schools; develops and encourages community and national outreach programs; fosters careers of young artists and arts managers; and provides arts education resources via satellite, the Internet, in print, and in person. Performances for school groups provide opportunities to learn, to explore, and to embrace the arts.

To be added to our brochure mailing list or if you have questions, you can email us atkced@kennedy-center.org or call us at (202) 416-8835.

Performances for Young Audiences

Performances for Young Audiences

New worlds of excitement, education and entertainment with commissions, productions, and presentations from the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences and programs of the National Symphony Orchestra, VSA, and Washington National Opera.

NSO Concerts for Young Audiences

NSO Concerts for Young Audiences

NSO performances for Young Audiences include full orchestra Family Concerts and performances by small ensembles for ages 3 to teens. These NSO performances introduce classical music to children in an atmosphere of fun.

School Performances / Events

School Performances / Events

The Kennedy Center commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students and teachers.

Events for Students

Events for Students

Students in grades K-12 participate in performance/demonstrations, rehearsals, master classes, and discussions presented by the artists and companies performing at the Kennedy Center.

Opera Look-In

Opera Look-In and Student Dress Rehearsal

Students are introduced to opera through the Opera Look-In each season and can experience a full-length performance at the final Dress Rehearsals of Washington National Opera’s main stage productions.

NSO Instrument 'Petting Zoos'

NSO Instrument “Petting Zoos”

Hands-on fun with instruments! Children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they will see professionally played on stage.

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New York City Building, Queens,

The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural and international community.

The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public programs and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.

The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.

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School Programs

We provide pre-K-12 students with fun learning experiences that integrate in-depth observation and interpretation of art and historical exhibits, and hands-on art-making activities. All of our school programs emphasize Common Core standards, particularly in English Language Arts and New York City’s Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

Tours and workshops

We offer tours and workshops about our permanent exhibitions: The Panorama of the City of New York, The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany GlassRelief Map of the New York City Water Supply System and the World’s Fair. We also offer tours and workshops inspired by our changing exhibitions of international and local artists. Click here for more information on School Tours.

PreK-12 School Tours of Museum Exhibitions

Our rotating exhibitions reflect many of the cultures found throughout our diverse borough. Viewing and discussing art from around the world creates the opportunity for students to develop a global perspective as they examine art and create work inspired by their personal vision of the world.

TRIP GUIDELINES

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Long-term residencies

We collaborate with schools to create initiatives specific to the interests, needs, and culture of each school, ranging from multi-year residencies to one-time workshops. The Queens Museum Education Department works with our partner schools to create customized residencies that integrate the Museum’s resources into programming that supports the goals of each school community. Residencies can emphasize arts objectives and focus on art technique, art history, and exhibition design or they can mirror classroom instruction and support Common Core academic objectives. Residencies can be project-based or integrated into service learning projects. They can be designed to reach every student in the school community or to strategically target subgroups of students; for example, those not enrolled in art classes or those who might benefit the most from alternative learning experiences and settings. Regardless of the specific program design, the Education Department’s goal is to collaborates with school partners to develop programming that utilizes Museum resources to maximize the benefit to students. These resources include:

  • Diverse and critically acclaimed exhibitions The Museum presents historical exhibitions that speak directly to local and contemporary New York City issues, and cutting-edge, critically acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions and projects that are global in scope.
  • Extensively-trained and accomplished Teaching Artists and Museum EducatorsOur roster of Teaching Artists and Educators are carefully selected and receive ongoing professional development and training.
  • Programming that supports academic standards Education programs have been developed to connect Museum experiences with common core literacy standards.
  • Educators experienced with diverse learners and inclusion settings Through nationally recognized ArtAccess programs the Museum supports diverse learners, including English Language Learners, students with emotional, mental, and physical disabilities, and individuals affected by autism.

All our residencies ideally include a minimum of one visit to the Museum and a culminating celebration of student work that can be shown at the school, or in the Museum’s our beautiful sunlit Community Partnership Gallery.

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7 Congress Street, Portland, ME, United States

The Portland Museum of Art, founded in 1882, is Maine’s oldest and largest public art institution. The Museum’s architecturally significant buildings unite three centuries that showcase the history of American art and culture. The Museum’s collection of more than 17,000 objects includes decorative and fine arts dating from the 18th century to the present. The heart of the Museum’s collection is the State of Maine Collection, which features works by artists such as Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, and Andrew Wyeth. The Museum has the largest European art collection in Maine. The major European movements from Impressionism through Surrealism are represented by the Joan Whitney Payson, Albert Otten, and the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, which include works by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and Auguste Rodin. The Elizabeth B. Noyce Collection, a bequest of 66 paintings and sculptures, has transformed the scope and quality of the Museum’s American collection, bringing to the Museum its first paintings by George Bellows, Alfred Thompson Bricher, and Jamie Wyeth, and adding masterpieces to the collection by Childe Hassam, Fitz Henry Lane, and N. C. Wyeth. In addition to exhibitions, the Museum has constantly changing educational programs, family festivals, lectures, art classes, musical concerts, bookgroups, art camps, gallery talks, and much more.

The Museum’s collection is housed in three architecturally significant buildings

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PMA School Tours
The Portland Museum of Art offers FREE admission for K-12 school tours!

Free School Tours are made possible by the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.

  • Portland Public Schools receive free school tour admission through Culture Club-Portland, a collaborative program between the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Stage Company, and Portland Ovations. Portland teachers, please follow the tour procedures below to schedule your free Culture Club/PMA School Tour.

Complete the Tour Request Form to begin booking your PMA Free School Tour today! Please note, tours are not confirmed until you have received follow-up communication from the Department of Learning and Interpretation.

Free School Tours at the Portland Museum of Art are interactive, engaging trips for K-12 students centered on the experience of looking at original works of art. Through dynamic conversations and inquiry, as well as sketching and writing activities, students understand the creative process, develop critical thinking skills, and connect art to their own world. Led by experienced docent educators, PMA School Tours inspire learning, connect to the classroom curriculum, and are aligned with the Maine Learning Results. We welcome all school groups and offer a range of programs to meet your students’ needs.

How to schedule a PMA school tour at the Portland Museum of Art

1. Choose your theme.
Focus Tours are thematic tours that align with the school curriculum, encourage interactive dialogue and inquiry-based learning, and include sketching and writing activities that connect students with their own creativity. Focus Tours are aligned with the Maine Learning Results.

  • Art Safari
    Track creatures—wild and tame—on this fun adventure for young children.
  • Let’s Face It!
    Explore how ideas of self, identity, and community are expressed through painted and sculpted portraits.
  • A Look Inside the McLellan House
    Discover Maine and Portland’s past by experiencing the splendor of an 1801 mansion.
  • Sculpture All Around
    Investigate the materials, techniques, and subjects of three-dimensional and relief sculpture.
  • Land, Sea, and Sky
    Travel through the Maine landscape on this tour that explores how nature inspires artists.
  • It’s Elemental
    Learn how artists use line, shape, color, form, texture, and space to create works of art.
  • Schedule of changing exhibitions.

2. Choose your date and time.

  • Guided PMA School Tours are available with THREE weeks advanced notice and can accommodate up to 60 students per tour hour.
  • Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, and Monday between Memorial Day and Columbus Day, at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • Tours for high school groups are also available at noon and 1:00 p.m.
  • Please note that unscheduled groups may not be admitted to the museum if their visit conflicts with already-scheduled tours. Admission fees are not waived for unscheduled school groups.

To begin the scheduling process, please complete the Tour Request Form. Please note, tours are not confirmed until you have received follow-up communication from the Department of Learning and Interpretation.

3. Follow these guidelines for a successful visit.

Before your visit:

  • Please make sure that your students know and understand the Museum Rules (see below).
  • One chaperone for every 10 students is required. We are unable to accommodate more than one adult for every five students.
  • Please inform chaperones of their responsibilities before the tour begins and familiarize them with the Museum Rules. Chaperones are required to know their students, keep their groups together, and help maintain discipline. Chaperones should not bring younger children on this visit.
  • Please note that the museum does not have space for students to eat.

Getting to the PMA:

  • Allow enough time for travel and parking. Early or late arrivals will disrupt other groups and the museum cannot guarantee extended tours to accommodate late arrivals.
  • Buses may park for free on West Commercial Street.

On your tour:

  • Please have students arrive wearing nametags.
  • Please divide students into groups of 10 before arriving at the museum. Students will exit the bus in their groups with their chaperones.
  • Molly Braswell, Department of Learning and Interpretation Assistant, will greet your students on the bus and will review the Museum Rules.
  • Students will leave jackets and any other materials on the bus (including notebooks and pencils). All materials required for the tour activities will be provided by the museum.
  • Guided tours last about one hour. Restroom breaks and visits to the PMA Store will impact the length of your guided tour. Additional out-of-tour activities will take place after the guided tour and will require you to schedule extra time and to bring extra chaperones.
  • The PMA has a Photography Policy. Students are not allowed to take pictures during the guided tour, but may follow the Photography Policy after the guided tour.
  • Students are welcome in the PMA Store in groups of 10 or fewer when accompanied by a chaperone. Visits to the PMA Store take place after the guided tour is complete.
  • Please no cell phones during the guided tour.
  • Encourage students to use their free “Member for a Moment” coupons with their families!

4. Please review the Museum Rules with your students.

The museum’s common sense rules are designed to keep the artwork and visitors safe.

  • Please do not touch! This is the most important rule to remember in the museum. It applies to paintings, frames, sculptures, stands, glass cases, labels, and walls. This is how we preserve art and keep it safe from damage.
  • Stay back 18 inches or more from the works of art and the walls. This is how we avoid accidental damage to art and people.
  • Be careful around the balconies. Enjoy the view, but do not jump up or lean on the balconies and do not place anything on the edge that could fall.
  • Write with a pencil only and use a notebook or clipboard to lean on. We will loan clipboards to you, but we will ask you not to use pens in the galleries.
  • Walk, don’t run, in the museum.
  • Please speak quietly as sound carries in the museum. This is especially important in the Great Hall when you are entering and leaving the museum.
  • Do not bring food, drink, candy, gum, or backpacks into the galleries. You may leave your coats and other belongings in the bins provided or in the coatroom.

FREE K-12 Teacher-led School Tours

  • The museum strongly encourages guided tours for K-12 audiences. The tours are designed to align with the school curriculum, encourage interactive dialogue and inquiry-based learning, and include sketching and writing activities that connect students with their own creativity. Students gain more from the museum experience and learn more about art when they are able to interact with docents and their peers.
  • If you wish to develop and lead your students’ tour, you may schedule a teacher-led visit. Lesson plans and other resources to help you plan your tour can be found at portlandmuseum.org/teachers
  • Teacher-led tours must be scheduled three weeks in advance and you must follow the guidelines and Museum Rules listed above.
  • Teacher-led tours require additional chaperones:
    • Grades K through 5 = one chaperone for every 5 students
    • Grades 6 thorough 8 = one chaperone for every 7 students
    • Grades 9 through 12 = one chaperone for every 10 students
  • Students on teacher-led tours must stay in their groups with their chaperones, and only pencils are allowed in the museum galleries.

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1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, United States

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an art museum located in the heart of New York City. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments. The MET currently represents in their permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of AfricanAsianOceanicByzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the Met’s galleries.

The Met currently has a global scope of its collections and extends across the world through a variety of initiatives and programs,  including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

The Museum offers a variety of programs designed for K–12 educators that explore objects in the Museum’s collections, interdisciplinary curriculum integration, and methods for teaching with objects. Students and teachers may explore the collection with a Museum staff member, who leads discussions and exercises designed to encourage critical thinking in response to original works of art. Tours are appropriate for the group’s grade, level of ability, and subject of interest. Guided tours are offered and recommended for students who are at or above first-grade level and last about an hour.

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School Groups

School Groups

Make the Met part of your school year! The Museum is currently accepting appointment requests for guided and self-guided visits to occur through June 26, 2014. Requests for summer 2014 will begin in early June.

The Met welcomes all school groups and invites you to request either a guided visit led by trained Museum staff or a self-guided visit, which allows you to lead your own students through the Museum. Please note that appointments are required for all school groups visiting the Museum. To request an appointment, please fill out the School Group Visit Request Form.

If you have any questions, you may email schoolvisits@metmuseum.org. Tourism professionals working with school groups visiting New York City must contact the Group Services office at 212-570-3711 or mettours@metmuseum.org to request appointments. Qualified tour operators are eligible for discounted rates.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s school tour program is made possible by the generosity of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman.


Guided Visits

Hour-long guided visits led by Museum staff offer extraordinary opportunities for students to make the most of their encounters with great works of art. Our educators engage students in learner-centered, inquiry-based conversations that foster curriculum connections and encourage important learning skills such as evidence-based reasoning and critical thinking. Guided visits also inspire students to build strong content knowledge across disciplines, and support their confidence, curiosity, and creativity.

Works of art at the Met are rich, primary-resource texts, and guided visits align with a range of state and national learning standards, including the following Common Core Learning Standards:

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1)
  • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1).
  • Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2).

Guided visits are offered and recommended for students who are at or above first-grade level and last about an hour. Due to the demand for guided visits, each school is limited to three guided visits per semester. To request an appointment, please fill out the School Group Visit Request Form.

Group Size
A group may have no fewer than ten students and no more than fifty students, with one chaperone required for every ten students. The Museum reserves the right to limit the number of adult chaperones participating in school group guided visits.

Group Fee
All fees are waived for schools located within the five boroughs of New York City due to the generous support of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman. Schools outside New York City pay the following group rates:

  • Students: $15 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $15 each
  • One teacher per reservation receives complimentary admission.
  • Any additional adults: $28 each
  • Groups of 15 or fewer: $225 flat fee

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Guided visits are conducted Monday through Friday, 9:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Topics for Grades 1–3
These thematic tours introduce primary grade students to a variety of art from different cultures. Sketching is included. All materials are provided by the Museum.

Recommended for First-Time Visitors

  • Exploring Art across Cultures
    See the world! Develop visual-analysis and evidence-based reasoning skills during a thematic, cross-cultural exploration of the Met’s collection.

Thematic Topics

  • Amazing Animals
    Take a walk on the wild side! Explore animal imagery in art at the Met.
  • Communities around the World
    What is a community? Explore possible answers by examining relevant artworks from around the globe and considering the ideas and activities that bring different groups of people together.
  • Faces and Masks
    What happens when art looks back at us? Find out as we come face-to-face with art from around the world.
  • Patterns
    How do artists use line, shape, and color to generate patterns in works of art? Discover the possibilities in two- and three-dimensional artworks.
  • Stories and Legends
    It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words; discover the power of storytelling in art across cultures.

Topics for Grades 4–12
Students explore works of art through close observation and inquiry-based discussion.

Recommended for First-Time Visitors

  • Exploring Art across Cultures
    See the world! Develop visual-analysis and evidence-based reasoning skills during a thematic, cross-cultural exploration of the Met’s collection.

The Ancient World

  • Ancient Egypt: Art for Eternity
    Uncover the relationships between daily life and the afterlife, the role of the pharaoh, and the powers of gods and goddesses in the art of ancient Egypt.
  • Ancient Greece and Rome: Art of Heroic Ideals
    Learn how the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome used visual art and mythology to understand concepts like beauty, death, and heroism.
  • Ancient Mesopotamia: Art of Power and Beliefs
    Explore the art of the ancient Near East, a diverse geographic region that includes the cultures of ancient Assyria, Babylonia, and Sumer, among others.
  • Art of the Ancient World: Connections across Cultures
    Unearth connections between different ancient cultures by examining relationships between the works of art they left behind. This tour can include objects from two to three of the following cultures: Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Mesopotamia.

Crossroads of Asia

  • Art of the Silk Road
    Investigate the objects, belief systems, and ideas that spread along trade routes on the ancient Silk Road for many hundreds of years. Consider the visual evidence of connections between China, India, Central Asia, and European cultures.
  • Art of the Islamic World
    Explore the dynamic intercultural exchange that helped shape both sacred and secular art in the Islamic world from as far west as Spain and Morocco to areas now occupied by India and Pakistan.
  • Art of China: Tradition and Innovation
    Examine the art of China, and consider the interplay of geography, tradition, and belief that helped shape this remarkable and inventive culture.
  • The Natural World in the Art of Asia
    Flowing water, lush trees, and scurrying wildlife: examine visions of the natural world in art from Japan, China, and beyond, and consider what these images tell us about their makers.

Perspectives on Europe

  • Art of Medieval Europe
    The art of the Middle Ages—a span of nearly twelve hundred years—reveals an age of profound social, religious, and artistic change. Trace the growth of this new visual vocabulary in the art of Medieval Europe.
  • European Art in the Renaissance (14th–16th Century)
    Witness the rebirth of the Classical world in Italy and across Europe. Consider notions of status, family, and identity in both secular and sacred art.
  • European Art in an Age of Reason and Religion (16th–19th Century)
    Explore the political, social, and scientific innovations in Europe during this time, and consider how they relate to shifts in artistic thinking.
  • Art of Spain: Converging Cultures
    From the Islamic design of pre-Catholic Spain to the vigor of painters like Velázquez and Picasso, discover why the history of art in Spain is a history of cultural convergences.
  • Art of France: Romance and Revolution
    Explore the culture of France through its art, tracing changing attitudes toward artistic expression from royal patronage to Impressionism and beyond.

African Experiences

  • African Art
    Examine powerful, communal, and spiritual art from the diverse cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, and reflect on what we can learn about the cultures that create it.

Connections in North and South America

  • American Art: Change and Continuity
    Chart the course of the United States of America through its art. Discover how this country has changed over hundreds of years, and consider what it means to be living in America.
  • Art of Native North America
    Experience the artistic achievements of native cultures in North America, and reflect on how these artworks incorporate symbols of the natural world. Groups limited to 25 people.
  • Art of Ancient Central and South America
    Discover gold, ceramic, and stone artworks from pre-Columbian cultures in Central and South America, and consider what we can learn about the beliefs of the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec civilizations.

Thematic Topics

  • Modern and Contemporary Art
    Break the rules! Explore how twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists have pushed boundaries and experimented with new ideas, materials, and notions about the very nature of art.
  • The Musical Museum
    Explore musical instruments across the Museum’s collections and from a variety of cultures and time periods.

World of Art: Afternoon Guided Tours for High School Students
These guided visits offer high school students the opportunity to work in small groups to think critically about cross-cultural connections between artworks, world history, and their own lives. These tours are ideal for students who can benefit from individualized attention and collaborative small-group work. Teachers are welcome to book multiple visits. (Available Tuesday through Thursday, 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. only.)

  • Art of Power and Belief
    Take a cross-cultural journey that delves into the complex relationship between these two intriguing concepts in art.
  • The Artist Speaks
    Investigate how artists from around the world make choices, share ideas, and communicate cultural perspectives through the language of visual art.
  • The Human Figure
    The human body has been a source of inspiration for artists around the world. How does the art of the human figure relate to the cultures that produce it?

Request a visit appointment.


Self-Guided Visits

Teachers and their students may explore the Museum’s encyclopedic collection independently. Please note that self-guided visits also require appointments. All teachers who participate in a K–12 educator program offered by the Museum receive priority registration for self-guided visits to the Museum.

Group Size
A self-guided group may have no fewer than ten students and no more than fifty students, with one chaperone required for every ten students. Each school is limited to one group of up to fifty students per day.

Group Fee
All fees are waived for schools located within the five boroughs of New York City due to the generous support of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman. Schools outside New York City pay the following group rates:

  • Students: $9 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every 10 students): $9 each
  • One teacher per reservation receives complimentary admission.
  • Any additional adults: $20 each

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Self-guided appointments are available Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. The Museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times.

Teacher Resources
Use the links below to selected pre-visit guides that will help you prepare for your self-guided visit with your students.

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18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton Township, NJ, United States

Grounds For Sculpture exhibits works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park. Centrally located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, it is easily accessible via major highways and public rail systems. Open year-round, special exhibitions, programs, and events are scheduled for your education and enjoyment.

A visit to Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey is one of the best year round things to do in New Jersey. Utilizing both outdoor gardens and two indoor settings, Grounds for Sculpture can be appreciated even during inclement weather. The manicured landscaping of the Grounds for Sculpture combine with the variety of the pieces found here to give visitors a truly unique experience. Perhaps more than any other New Jersey attraction, natural beauty and human creativity come together here.

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School Group Tours

Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!

Every year over 500 guided tours are offered at Grounds For Sculpture. Volunteer Docents undergo extensive training and research in preparation for tours.  Docents are available to lead tours for a variety of groups.  For anyone interested in a less structured tour of the park, self-guided tour maps and exhibition catalogues are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Self-guided maps of the grounds and exhibition brochures are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Guided tours are available to schools and other student or adult groups by appointment only. For more information, please call the Tour Coordinator at (609) 586-0616 ext. 200.

School groups with advance reservation can visit GFS for a modest fee. In addition, guided tours can be arranged for school groups of 50 students or less at no additional charge.

Special events are a part of the calendar at Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton, including live music during the summer months in the outdoor section of the property. There are also guided tours of the art available periodically, so be sure to ask the staff of Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey what special events or tours are offered during your visit.

In addition to events for you to watch and listen to, you can participate in the creativity that makes Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton such an excellent place. Art workshops are offered to beginners of all ages. Sometimes children can learn aspects of sculpting during a kids’ workshop, and the next workshop offered will be exclusively for adults who want to learn to sculpt.

Visitors to Grounds For Sculpture can learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs, including:

  • Hands-on art-making workshops for adults and children;
  • Artist residencies and demonstrations;
  • Lectures from artists and experts
  • Tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers and touch tours for the visually challenged.

Work on an activity together! Sculpture Search in the Park activity sheets are available in the Visitor’s Center.  These activity sheets will help guide you through an educational journey in the park while learning about sculpture.  Family Exhibition Guides change seasonally and are available for pickup at all information desks. These activity sheets relate specifically to the rotating exhibitions in our indoor galleries.

School or educational groups with advance reservations receive a greatly reduced park admission fee Tuesday-Friday.

The park also offers several day-long events during the year which feature activities for every member of the family. For more information, please visit our tours page or contact the Tour Coordinator atyfranklin@groundsforsculpture.org

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211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC, United States

EdVenture is the largest children’s museum in the Southeastr, located in Columbia, South Carolina. EdVenture opened to the public in 2003. It has 8 galleries covering 67,000 square feet, plus hands-on exhibits, 2 resource centers, and a 200-seat theater. 40,000 square feet of the total 67,000 square feet is devoted to exhibit galleries, laboratories and visitor amenities. An additional 7,000 square feet of outdoor gallery space is located just outside the museum’s front door. Within the total 74,000 square feet there are approximately 350 individual hands-on exhibits. There is also a statue of ‘Eddie’ on the first floor of the museum which children can climb into and learn about the insides of people. It is located at 211 Gervais Street in midtown Columbia, next to the South Carolina State Museum.

Edventure Exhibits

For every child who visits EdVenture, seeing will be believing and doing will mean remembering. All exhibits at EdVenture are hands-on and experiential. Click on the link above to view all exhibits available for view. 

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Make your next field trip exciting and educational! Our curriculum-based “EdVentures” are designed to meet standards in science, math, social studies, language arts and health. Our programs place a strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking to complement your classroom instruction.

Schedule

Overview

  • Field studies last 120 minutes including a 45 minute program filled with age-appropriate, SC Educational Standards-based activities led by an EdVenture educator. The remaining 75 minutes of the visit are devoted to museum exploration.
  • Field studies can be scheduled for Tuesday through Friday.
  • The minimum number of participants is 15. Students may be divided into groups in order to ensure a successful program.
  • One adult is required for every seven children.
  • During your visit, feel free to stop by EdCetera®, the EdVenture store.

Benefits

  • Fun and educational: students will enjoy 120 minutes of stimulating, hands-on programming — EdVenture style!
  • Standards-based instruction: all exhibits visited are designed on standards-based curriculum. For specific SC Educational Standards in each of our group programs, please view our list of programs.

Cost

  • Student admission fee is $8.50 per child for program or $6.50 per child for self-led exploration.
  • One chaperone per every seven children is required. Chaperones pay $5.00 per person.
  • Teachers are welcome free with their group.
  • You may opt for an extended stay (60 additional minutes) for an extra $1.50 per person.

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EdVenture can come to your school or group meeting with a variety of hands-on educational experiences. We have a dedicated staff of educators who are completely “in the know” when it comes to making learning more fun and engaging for students.

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EdVenture at Your School

Don’t have the time or budget for travel but still want your students to have the EdVenture Experience? That’s not a problem. We’ll bring EdVenture to you! We’ve taken our best field studies and made them mobile so students everywhere can experience learning through active, hands-on participation. These in-school Field Studies will entertain and educate students without taking an entire day from your teaching schedule.

 EdVenture-To-Go Classroom Field Studies

EdVenture Classroom Field Studies include a 45-minute program with age-appropriate, standards-based activities led by an EdVenture Educator.

  • Each program accommodates up to 25 students.
  • The cost is $6 per student for each 45-minute program, plus mileage outside of the Midlands.
  • There is a minimum program fee of $150 per program on the same day. In that case, the cost will only be $100 per additional program.

EdVenture-To-Go Assembly Field Studies

  • Each program accommodates up to 150 people.
  • The cost is $2 per student for each 45-minute program.
  • There is a minimum program fee of $200.

Wells Fargo’s Distance Learning

  • Your site must have a videoconferencing system with H.323 capabilities and an external (public) IP address.
  • The program accommodates up to 25 students per class.
  • The program requires a three-week advanced booking.
  • There is a minimum program fee of $150 based on materials and shipping costs. Contact 803-400-1151 or visit http://www.edventure.org for details.

Note: All K–5th grade EdVenture programs are aligned with South Carolina’s state-adopted standards.

Distance Learning

EdVenture offers several distance learning opportunities to meet the needs of students and teachers when traveling is not an option. Distance Learning provides a fun EdVenture program without the bus trip!

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1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT, United States

Sitting high on a hill overlooking Greenwich Harbor, the Bruce Museum offers a changing array of exhibitions and educational programs that promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science.

The Bruce Museum has been voted the best museum in Fairfield County for the past five years, a recognition of its growing popularity and efforts to consistently address new subjects of remarkable beauty or great interest with new insights, The Bruce plays an integral role in the cultural life of area residents and attracts approximately 100,000 visitors annually, reaching out to families, seniors, students, the handicapped, at-risk children, and community organizations. The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, presents more than a dozen new exhibitions in art and science every year.

Consistently voted the “Best Museum” by area media, the Bruce Museum is a regionally based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The permanent galleries feature the natural sciences that encompass regional to global perspectives.

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Museum-Based School Programs

Consider the Bruce Museum an annex to your classroom. Our collections and inquiry-based STEAM programs are the perfect way to complement and enrich your day-to-day practice. The hands –on interaction of “touching” objects and “exploring” collections can enhance a child’s understanding of scientific phenomena and artistic creation while also allowing them to make important connections between the sciences and humanities. Our workshops are thematic and designed to give children maximum exposure to both scientific and artistic concepts and processes.

Museum-based programs are available for school and after-school groups. To learn how to schedule a visit, click here.

For more information about Museum-Based Programs please contact Kathleen D’Aquila, Manager of School and Tour Services, kdaquila@brucemuseum.org or (203) 413-6741.

Woodland Indian Life (PreK – 6th grade)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in Connecticut or New York when only the Native Americans lived here? What did the land look like? How did people eat, sleep and survive? Travel back in time with us to explore the natural environment of our region over 600 years ago. Students will explore: natural history, ecology, Native culture and early engineering.

Animal Adaptations (PreK – 5th grade)

Animals are amazing! They have evolved over time to use their covering, color and physical structure to adapt, camouflage, survive, and escape danger. Through a study of animal pelts and animal mounts, students will explore the different ways that vertebrates (mammals, reptiles, fish and birds) use their adaptations to survive in various environments. The workshop also introduces students to the concepts of patterns and classification.

I Am an Archaeologist (2nd – 5th grade)

How do archaeologists work? What kinds of artifacts do they collect and why? How do they interpret artifacts? Students take part in an archeological “dig” of a Woodland Indian site and use critical thinking and communication skills as they work in teams, recording and interpreting artifacts. This program complements “Woodland Indian Life.” A discount is offered when both are requested for the same school group.

Coastal Ecology (PreK – middle school)

The Long Island Sound is home to numerous remarkable creatures. This marine ecosystem right outside our door teaches us not only about natural history and biology, but also aquatic ecology and invertebrate structure and function. Dive into a comparative study of the invertebrates that populate the Sound by exploring our marine tank. The workshop also increases student familiarity with categorization, animal classification, and interdependence through the study of food chains and webs.

Mineral Marvels (3rd – 5th grade)

What is a mineral? Where are they found and what can we learn from them? Our expansive collection of minerals and rocks invites children into a deep exploration of these important abiotic members of our environment. Students will utilize the scientific process to examine properties of minerals and how they are classified.

Butterflies (PreK – 2nd grade)

Who hasn’t stopped to watch butterflies fly by? These beautiful creatures are a wonderful way to explore insect structure and function. In this workshop, we use games and art to invite students into the world of butterflies, examining their body structure, life cycle, and symmetrical decorative patterns.

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A tour or interactive art program may be developed to focus on any of the Museum’s changing exhibitions. All Museum-based programs feature inquiry-based learning, hands-on activities, and connections to school curricula. All programs are 60 minutes in length.

September 28, 2013 to January 26, 2014

Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close

With a body of work composed almost entirely of portraits, Chuck Close has been investigating the mechanics of vision for more than four decades. The fluidity of his approach, and the intensity of his engagement with each of his print forays makes Close an exemplary figure of the post-war New York art world. Organized with the participation of the artist himself and supplemented with loans from local collectors and Bruce Museum supporters, Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close will present the finest and most intriguing examples of this great modern master’s oeuvre.

November 2, 2013 to March 23, 2014

Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound

Found in estuaries around the world, oysters are a favored delicacy for humans and play a valuable role in ecosystems and economies. These unassuming mollusks have sustained Native Americans, cleaned polluted harbors, provided critical habitat, and created waterside cultures. The exhibition will feature hands-on interactive displays, videos, and historical objects that appeal to all ages.

December 14, 2013 to March 9, 2014

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Small-scale Views 

This exhibition celebrates a three-decade long Bruce Museum holiday tradition of exhibiting “small scale” constructions, with a focus on artists looking at artists. Exhibited are Richard Haas (b. 1939), Joe Fig (b. 1968), and Lori Nix’s (b. 1969) own individual investigations and analyses of the creative process in three-dimensional miniature constructions as well as in painting, printmaking, and photography.

January 25, 2014 to April 13, 2014

In the Dark: Animal Survival Strategies

In this immersive, entertaining, and family-friendly exhibition, people of all ages will discover how animals adapt to living in the dark. The show features natural dioramas of caves, deep soil, nighttime forest and desert, along with mechanical, electronic and digital interactives. This exhibition is organized by the Cincinnati Museum Center.

February 1, 2014 to June 1, 2014

Ed Clark: American Photojournalist

Ed Clark (1911-2000) was the quintessential American news photographer who covered the personalities and events that shaped the Golden Age of print media. Lauded during his lifetime for the telling details and emotional drama of his imagery, this exhibition revisits the life and work of this legendary cameraman.

March 22, 2014 to June 21, 2014

Pasture to Pond: Connecticut Impressionism

At the turn of the twentieth century there was a concentration of artists working in Connecticut in the newly imported style of the French Impressionists. These artists, who came of age in a rapidly industrializing world, sought a more intimate, bucolic and orderly landscape. This exhibition speaks to the quality and beauty of this perennially popular art.

April 5, 2014 to November 2, 2014

Extreme Habitats: Into the Deep Sea

The exhibition explores the vast and extraordinary deep sea habitats by examining both the highly adapted survival strategies utilized by creatures of the deep and the technology that enables researchers to record ground-breaking observations.

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The Brucemobile is an educational outreach program that travels to classrooms, like a field trip in reverse! Programs are available during and after school.

Brucemobile Programs are:

  • Developmentally appropriate
  • Interactive
  • Hands-on/minds-on
  • Inquiry-based

All Brucemobile Programs feature Museum objects.

Programs are offered to schools within a 25-mile radius of the Museum.

To learn how to schedule a visitclick here.

For more information on the following Brucemobile Programs, please see ourActivities and Lesson Plans. There you will find background information, curriculum connections, classroom activities, and further resources for each of these programs.

For further questions about Brucemobile programs, please contact Peter Linderoth, Manager of Outreach Education, plinderoth@brucemuseum.org or 203-413-6742.

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Grades Pre-K through 5th
Middle and High School
After School Brucemobile

School Programs for Pre-K through 5th grade:

Pre-school Programs are 30 minutes.

Class size is limited to:

  • 15 children for 3 year olds
  • 20 children for 4 year olds

Kindergarten through 5th-grade Programs are 1 hour.

  • Class size is limited to 25 students.
Program Grades
Pre-K K – 2 3 – 5
 Woodland Indian Life X X X
 Crusty Crabs/ Coastal
Ecology
X X X
 Shapes and Patterns X
 Animals in My Backyard/
Animal Adaptations
X X
 Butterflies X X
 Dinosaurs X
 Desert Ecology X
 Rock Detectives X
 Skeletons X

Program Descriptions

Woodland Indian Life 
Native American artifacts and reproductions are used to help recreate the life of a Woodland Indian family before colonial contact.

Crusty Crabs/ Coastal Ecology 
Through careful, hands-on observation of live crabs and other small seashore animals, children learn about the structure and characteristics of crabs and other crustaceans, and their place in the seashore community and the food web.

Shapes and Patterns
Children will define 5 basic shapes, find shapes in natural objects from museum collections, and create patterns and symmetry. Pattern activity included

Animals in my Backyard/ Animal Adaptations
Different body coverings, colors and physical structures help vertebrates adapt to their environment, find food and escape from predators. Students learn these concepts while handling fur pelts and mounted mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish.

Butterflies 
Students explore symmetry in nature while learning about the structure of butterflies and insects. The life cycle, adaptations, habitats, and camouflage patterns of butterflies and insects are also introduced. Museum specimens and photographs create a visually comprehensive classroom experience

Dinosaurs
Fossilized dinosaur bones, teeth, footprints, and other parts are used by students to reconstruct the size, food preferences, and movement of these ‘terrible lizards’. Comparison is made between dinosaurs and modern animals. Through observation and comparison, students become paleontologists, conducting their own fossil dig.

Desert Ecology
Students investigate the properties of a desert ecosystem and discuss special adaptations of the animals and plants that inhabit these areas. Experimentation and handling Museum specimens provide hands-on activities for the students

Rock Detectives
This program allows students to observe demonstrations of the geologic processes that cause the rock cycle, and even become a part of the rock cycle themselves! Rock samples, demonstrations of Pangaea and plate tectonics, and interactive activities encourage students to use their hands and minds to explore earth’s dynamic processes. As their final element of detective work, students will act as geologists working in teams to deduce where their rock came from in the earth, how it formed, and what type of rock it is.

Skeletons
Students will identify the location and purpose of major bones in humans and animals and develop related vocabulary. Through discussion, demonstration and hands-on activities, students will distinguish between endoskeletons and exoskeletons and describe the functions of a skeleton. Students will dissect owl pellets to uncover and identify rodent bones.

Middle School and High School

Classroom Programs are one hour in length.

Prehistoric Peoples 
Award-winning, traveling exhibition presented by instructors from the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (AAG) enables students to handle authentic prehistoric tools while learning about the progress of humankind from 4 million to 5,000 years ago. Slides and artifacts stress ancient peoples’ adaptations to their changing environment. Slide projector and world map required.

Egypt 
Instructors from the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (AAG) offer stories behind the fabled pyramids, kings and queens of ancient Egypt’s Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms. Sites and artifacts are shown with emphasis on the life of young people. Adaptation to the harsh desert environment is stressed.

Assembly Programs are one hour in length, and can accommodate up to a full auditorium.
Fee: $195 per program.
Slide projector required

Note: Subjects can be customized to fit curriculum needs.

After-School Brucemobile Series

Students will be led through hands-on and conceptual lesson plans by an experienced Bruce Museum Instructor. Afterschool Series incorporate more activities and crafts than traditional classroom programs, as is appropriate to the afterschool setting. After-School Brucemobile Programs are available in a series of 4, 6, or 8 sessions.

Habitats: the World Around Us (Grades 2-5)
Habitats: The World Around Us introduces students to the earth’s diverse habitats. They will compare and contrast the regional Long Island Sound and Woodland habitats, examining how animals and humans live and survive in these environments as well as exploring the consequences of acts of nature and humans on these ecosystems. Students will have the opportunity to model life in the intertidal zone, simulate the impacts and clean up efforts of an oil spill, perform skits of animal’s behaviors in all seasons, and act as archaeologists to examine Native American artifacts. In culmination of their work, each student will create a snow globe diorama of his or her favorite habitat, incorporating the themes discussed throughout the program.

Artist’s Workshop (Grades 2-5)
The Artist’s Workshop exposes students to a wide range of artistic styles and techniques. Each of the sessions is directly related to exhibitions currently or previously on view at the Bruce Museum (sessions are subject to change based on the Museum’s exhibition schedule). Students will have the opportunity to closely examine reproductions of famous works of art, learn about different artistic styles and historical periods, and experiment with relevant artistic techniques.

Nature Adventure Series (Grades K-5)
The Nature Adventure Series offers an exciting series of programs with a central focus of exploring the many concepts of the natural world! This series covers the broadest range of topics of our afterschool selections. Children will step into the shoes of a paleontologist and study dinosaurs; get hands-on experiences with live animals from the Long Island Sound; discover the different skeletal structures animals have adapted; learn about local bird species and what they eat through an always popular owl pellet dissection; and many more fascinating sessions. This series can be tailored to the center’s needs.
For more information on Brucemobile Outreach Programs, please contact Peter Linderoth, Manager of Outreach Education, at 203-413-6742, or plinderoth@brucemuseum.org.

To make a reservation for a Brucemobile Outreach Program, please contact Julia Harrington, Museum Educator and Reservations Manager, at jharrington@brucemuseum.org or 203-413-6744 or click on How to Schedule.

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308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, United States

For over 90 years, Boston Children’s Museum has served as a leader in Boston and within the museum community. Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children’s exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum focuses on three key areas of expertise: visitor programs, teacher resources and early childhood education.

Since its founding by teachers a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. We welcome visiting groups from schools, community groups, afterschool programs, childcare centers, and even colleges and corporations to roll up their sleeves, learn together, and interact with our world-class exhibits and staff. We support learning by providing real objects and direct experiences that encourage imagination, curiosity, and questioning. Our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious!

EXHIBITS AND PROGRAMS

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For information about organizing your visit, reservations, and policies please explore the sections below.

You can start a reservation right now by clicking the Request a Reservation here or by calling our Groups Coordinator between 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. We recommend initiating reservation at least two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Groups Coordinator at 617-426-6500 x405 or e-mail GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org

Boston Children’s Museum offers two types of group visits:
Do-It-Yourself Visits and Program Visits. Both types of visits are eligible for sponsorship.

Two Hour Do-It-Yourself Visits
Cost: $10 per student
Two Hour Do-It-Yourself Visits offer groups the opportunity to explore our many exhibits and public programs at their own pace, following the childrens’ curiosity and imagination. Children and their chaperones are likely to discover some very thought–provoking activities—and in doing so develop lifelong interests and skills.

Program Visits
Boston Children’s Museum offers several educational programs suitable for children in grades 1 and up. We offer one hour and two hour programs, hands-on experiences and a place where children’s imagination and creativity is encouraged through play and educational activities.
Single Program Visits
Cost: $13 per student (50 student maximum)
Single Program Visits consist of a one-hour educator-led program and one hour of do-it-yourself museum exploration.Double Program Visit
Cost: $18.50 per student (50 student maximum)
Double Program Visits consists of two different programs, one hour each, and a bonus hour of Museum exploration.
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A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child
“Always a fabulous culmination of our Japan unit.”
“Educator is knowledgeable, patient, organized, prepared and clear!”

Take off your shoes and step into an authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan! Your students will experience a typical day for a Japanese child and will discover what customs, artifacts, and aspects of home and school life in Japan are similar to, and different from their own.

We provide cultural immersion and hands-on activities in the Kyo-no-Machiya (the Japanese House) using contemporary stories, objects, and images.

Age recommendation: Grades 1 – 6. Specially arranged programs are also available for Grades 7 through 12. Adaptations to connect with your curriculum may be available.

Standards Met: History and Social Science: 1.1, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9,G6 NEA

English Language Arts: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 4.3


Balls & Tracks

“Staff is knowledgeable and engaging. The program is simple enough to understand, but with opportunities for complexity and thought.” —Ken A., 2nd grade teacher

“Students had a wonderful time and learned how to work together, to test their creations on a regular basis and that science is FUN!” —Carol M., 5th grade teacher

After observing gravity, friction and momentum in action in the Raceways exhibit, your class will work in groups to design their own unique Raceways track. Kids are the engineers as each team of students designs a roller coaster track using only the materials given to them. In addition to putting their problem-solving skills to work, your students will improve their teamwork abilities. The design challenges will be adjusted to suit your grade.

Age recommendation: Grades 2 and up


Money Matters
Money Matters is an early financial literacy program designed especially for students in grades K-4. In this exciting one-hour program, students can role-play as wage earners in our Boston Black exhibit, discuss important community roles and jobs, and “spend” the money they’re earning at the local barber shop, flower store, corner market and restaurant. Together as a group they will explore the many ways that members of a community rely on each other for goods and services. This program aligns with Massachusetts Standards in both Economics and Mathematics.

Age recommendation:Grades K-4


Global Stories

If objects could talk…

Boston Children’s Museum has been collecting objects from around the world for nearly 100 years. In this new school program for Grades 2-4, we invite students to put on white gloves and take a closer look at the Museum’s collections. We’ll open our eyes to just how much we can learn from careful observation of a single cultural artifact and what it tells us about its origins: Who made this? What is it for? What is it made of? Is it old or new? Where is it from? What makes you think so?

This multidisciplinary program will feature selected collections pieces representing Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia, and Africa*. Using a variety of media, students will explore the geography and culture behind the objects, how form fits function, and common threads across the human experience. Students will then incorporate these concepts into an original 2D or 3D work of art inspired by their observations.

Age recommendation:Grades 2-4, Grade 5 by special arrangement

Alignment with Massachusetts frameworks:

Visual Arts for K-4: 1.2, 2.5, 3.1, 6.1, 8.1

History and Geography: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.4


*A note to educators: we have some flexibility to select objects that align with your classroom units and grade frameworks; for example, we sometimes can accommodate requests for Native American or Chinese objects. Call or email us for more information.

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Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD, United States

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!

Baltimore Museum of Art Collections

African

American

Ancient Americas

Antioch Mosaics

Asian

Contemporary

European

Modern

Native American

Pacific Islands

Prints, Drawings & Photographs

Sculpture Gardens

Textiles

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).

THESE TOURS…

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions 

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 tours@artbma.org

By fax to 443-573-1581

By mail:

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 tours@artbma.org.

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