K-12 Teachers

Tours for K-12 School Groups

Free guided tours are available Tues. – Fri. throughout the school year. Schools may bring 45 students to the museum at a time. For groups larger than 45, our staff will work with you to schedule multiple visits. Guided tours last 60 minutes for all grade levels. On their tour, students will discuss a total of 5-7 artworks in multiple exhibitions. Guided tours engage students in discussion about the artwork on view while encouraging critical thinking and the development of higher-order processing skills.

K-12 Guided TOURS 

Miró: Think, Pair, Share! 

Recommended for grades K-5
September 30, 2014 – February 13, 2015

Students will explore the relationship between the artwork of Miró, poetry, words and more by sharing their thoughts, ideas and opinions of artwork.  This tour reinforces the English Language Arts Common Core standards of “Key Ideas and Details” and “Integration of Knowledge and Ideas.”  

Miró Connections 

Recommended for grades 6-12
September 30, 2014 – February 13, 2015

Using the current exhibition, Miró:The Experience of Seeing, and other works on display, students will make connections between the art of Miró and that of other artists that came before and after him.


Requesting a K-12 Guided Tour

Before requesting a K-12 Guided Tour, please check this calendar for tour availability. Tour times listed on the calendar are currently available for the number of students listed in parenthesis.


This calendar will be updated as often as possible, but it does not reflect a “real-time” schedule of K-12 tour reservations.

Request a guided or self-guided K-12 visit.


Self-guided groups or teacher-led school tours are permitted in all of our galleries. Admission fees apply for self-guided groups visiting the exhibition. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students ages 7-17.  

Self-guided visits must be scheduled in advance. Complete this form to schedule your self-guided visit or call (919) 684-1169.

We highly recommend that educators preview exhibitions prior to the student visit to assure the content in each gallery is age appropriate.


What to Expect during a Guided Tour at the Nasher Museum of Art

  • Inquiry-based tour approach where students and Gallery Guide discuss artworks.
  • Opportunity to practice critical thinking skills.
  • Focused discussions on a selected group of about 6-10 works of art.
  • All guided tours meet multiple North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Standards.
  • Tours engage multiple learning styles.

Special Needs

Help us create an inclusive program. Please inform us in advance of any students with cognitive, emotional or physical disabilities in your group. We will do our best to adapt the program to best meet everyone’s needs.

Class Size

Classes will tour the museum in groups of 10 -15 students. Usually we can accommodate a maximum of 45 students per tour time.

Chaperones for Guided Tours

–Grades K-5: 1 chaperone for every 5 students.
–Grades 6-8: 2 chaperones for every 15 students.
–Grades 9-12: 1 chaperone for every 15 students.

Chaperones for self-guided groups: We require 1 chaperone for every 5 students.


K-12 school groups may eat lunch or snacks in the Community Classroom only if this space is reserved in advance. The Community Classroom seats a maximum of 32 people. Weather permitting, school groups may picnic on museum grounds in designated areas only. Outside food and drink are not permitted anywhere else in the museum or on museum grounds.


Bus scholarships are available for a limited number of K-12 guided field trips to the museum. Please contact nashered@duke.edu, or call 919-684-1169, to find out if your school qualifies.


Contact the Education Associate
nashered@duke.edu / 919-684-1169


Teacher Workshops

If you would like to learn about Teacher programs through the Nasher’s Educators listserv, please send an email message to sympa@duke.edu and include “Subscribe Nasher-Teachers” (without the quotes) in the subject or body of your e-mail. To be added to our snail mail list send your name and address to nashered@duke.edu.   

Explore Words & Pictures

The Nasher Museum and Durham Public Schools teachers recently collaborated to produce a number of K-2 lessons and downloadable resources that integrate visual arts into the language arts curriculum. These resources, which address Common Core standards and engage 21st Century Skills, are available online for free, thanks in part to a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit wordsandpictures.nasher.duke.edu.  

Teacher Resources

The Education Department develops a number of materials for teachers to use with their students including background information about exhibitions, pre-visit and post-visit activities, images and lists of selected resources. Teachers who attend teacher programs or schedule a guided or self-guided tour receive folders with these materials. These materials are also available upon request. You can request materials by sending an email to nashered@duke.edu or calling (919) 684-1169. 


Open to all schools within a 25 mile radius of the Nasher Museum. A member of the Nasher education staff will visit your classroom to lead an engaging discussion with digital images from current and past exhibitions. This free program lasts 30-45 minutes and encourages critical thinking, careful looking and thought-provoking discussion.

Nasher staff can provide a digital projector and laptop or use classroom equipment to present the PowerPoint slides. Classroom must have a screen or blank wall for projection.

What Do You Think?

Recommended for grades K-5
September 15, 2014 – February 27, 2015

Students compare and contrast artworks from current exhibitions to discuss their opinions based on visual details. This visit reinforces the English Language Arts Common Core standards.

Identity and Nationalism

Recommended for grades 6-12
September 15, 2014 – February 27, 2015

Students will discuss how art can express identity, culture and political agendas. Using works from Miró, Rauscheberg and other exhibitions, students will discuss the meaning and historical context of the images.


Request a K-12 classroom visit.