Group Tours for Students

Group Tours for Students

Groups of 10 or more pre-K–12 students are invited to schedule a tour of the Museum's Collection or one of our special exhibitions. Our inquiry-based group tours, led by volunteer docents or Museum staff, challenge students to hone their observation skills.

Student group tours are $5/pre-K–12 student; one chaperone is free per 10 students, with additional chaperones charged the student rate. Financial aid is available to offset the costs of pre-K–12 group tours for WNC public schools on a first-come, first-served basis; please indicate your request for more information on the tour request form. If you are a tax-exempt school or nonprofit organization, please contact the Education Department at 828.253.3227 x133 for more information about payment options.

On the group-tour request form, pre-K–12 teachers may choose a topic from among four curriculum-based tours (see below), or a special-exhibition tour; teachers may also add a related hands-on studio activity at no additional charge.

  • Discovering Art: This tour focuses on looking at artworks through the lens of the elements of art and principles of design, using visual-arts and museum vocabulary. This tour visits the Collection Hall and selected special exhibitions.
  • Intersections in American Art: This tour focuses on the Museum’s Collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, exploring the connection between art and artists of WNC/Southern Appalachia and the US at large. This tour visits the Collection Hall.
  • More Than Math: This tour uses mathematical concepts to explore visual art, identifying similarities and differences in lines, shapes, and patterns. This tour visits the Collection Hall and selected special exhibitions.
  • See & Say: This tour uses language arts and communication skills to explore visual art, making connections to descriptive and narrative writing techniques and parts of speech. This tour visits the Collection Hall and selected special exhibitions.

For college and university student groups, click here to learn more about group tours for adults.

For self-guided groups: The Museum welcomes pre-K–12 teachers to guide students through our galleries independently. For groups of 10 or more students, the teacher must make a reservation at least two weeks in advance through the Education Department; please complete the tour request form below, indicating your group as self-guided. Pre-K–12 groups must have at least one chaperone for every 15 students. Groups with 20+ students may need to divide into smaller groups before entering the galleries. Please note that Museum-scheduled tours take priority over self-guided groups; your first choice of date and time may not be available due to gallery space constraints.

To schedule a guided or self-guided tour, please click on the button below or call our Education Department at 828.253.3227 x133 for more details.

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