About Gallery Explorations

  • Tours are conducted by volunteer docents trained by staff in the Department of Public and Academic Engagement. Available tour topics can be found here.
  • We strive to provide strong connections to your classroom curriculum. Please note that you may not be able to visit the works of art you’ve used in your classroom; docents and staff will try to incorporate requested works or similar ones on the guided tour. You are welcome to book a self-guided tour following your guided tour to visit artworks on your own.
  • Customized tours led by staff members can be booked for an additional fee pending scheduling availability.
  • Gallery Explorations are free of charge. To help the museum support its education programs, schools will receive an invoice with a $5 per student suggested donation. Any donation you contribute helps to ensure equitable learning opportunities for all. 
  • An adult chaperone for every 10 students must accompany each group.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and must be booked online. This also applies to self-guided tours.
  • Tours are scheduled Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Self-guided groups are welcome to schedule tours in the permanent collection and ARTLENS gallery beginning at 11:00 a.m. 
  • Only pencils, not pens, may be used in the galleries.
  • Backpacks and radios are not permitted in the galleries.
  • Homeschool groups: Please select from the following grade level groupings and indicate your selection on your online registration form (elementary, K−3; middle grades, 4−8; or high school, 9−12). Our school tour formats can accommodate a maximum range of three to four grade levels at a time.
  • Homeschool groups: The maximum number of individuals in one group is 20, including adults and children. Larger groups should book multiple tour slots.
  • Please note that lunch spaces at the museum are extremely limited. You must indicate a need for lunch space when completing your online registration form. These few areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Assigned lunch timeslots are 30 minutes and available between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Because multiple schools use our lunch commons, please allow 25 minutes maximum to enjoy your lunch and to depart on time.
  • To help prepare your students for their upcoming visit, please view A Visit to the Museum, a social story and guide.
  • Please allow at least four weeks notice when scheduling your preferred date through the online registration form. For more information, call 216-707-2665.