School Tours

NMWA’s hands-on, thematic school tours promote critical thinking and meet specific standards of learning.

NMWA offers thematic school tours Come to Your Senses (Grades K–2), Seeing Through Writing (Grades 4–6), and You Be the Critic (Grades 3 and up), led by our experienced guides. Students will strengthen visual literacy skills, develop and cement vocabulary, and cultivate observational and evidence-based thinking.


Guided School Tours:
Guided school tours require reservations and must be booked a minimum of four weeks in advance. To begin the reservations process, please complete a request form.

School tours with students under 18 years old are free. One adult chaperone per 10 students is required; these chaperones are admitted free. Any additional chaperones must pay the regular adult fee, $12. School tours last approximately 60–90 minutes and are typically available for a maximum of 30 students; however, we can accommodate more in certain circumstances.

Please indicate any special requests, such as incorporating a specific topic or interest in the request form.

Notice: Due to the popularity of Picturing Mary, guided tours through April 12, 2015, are fully booked. If you would like to be contacted in the event that a scheduled group cancels, please complete our guided tour form below. Groups will be contacted about cancellations in the order in which the forms are received

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Self-Guided School Groups:
Teacher-led self-guided groups are permitted, though they must comply with our reservation policies and guidelines. Self-guided school groups require reservations and a completed request form. Entry to all special exhibitions is subject to capacity restrictions.

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Guided Thematic School Tour Offerings

Come to Your Senses (Grades K–2):
Awaken your students’ interest in and understanding of visual arts and social sciences through an interactive, multi-sensory tour of works in the museum’s collection. This program engages students with various learning styles through open-ended inquiry discussions and hands-on experiences.

Tours last approximately 60 minutes and are limited to 30 students. All materials are provided.

Seeing Through Writing (Grades 4–8):
In this fun, interactive tour, students will use art as inspiration for their own creative writing. Combining group discussion of portrait, landscape, and narrative paintings with individual and collaborative writing activities, this tour fosters students’ visual literacy and language skills.

Tours last approximately 90 minutes and are limited to 30 students. All materials are provided.

You Be the Critic (Grades 3 and up):
Students step into the role of art critic in this engaging tour that centers on a selective group of modern or contemporary artworks in the collection. Students will actively describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art on an emotional and aesthetic level through close, extended looking and a series of discussions. Please note that this tour does not provide an overview of the museum’s entire collection.

Tours last approximately 60 minutes and are limited to 30 students. All materials are provided.