K-12 Teachers

K-12 Guided Tours

Guided tours are available Tuesday – Friday throughout the school year. Schools may bring up to 60 students to the museum at a time. For groups larger than 60, our staff will work with you to schedule multiple visits. Guided tours last 90 minutes for 3rd-12th grades, 60 minutes for K-2, and include an art activity related to artwork from the tour. Students will engage in discussion and critical thinking while viewing five to seven artworks in multiple exhibitions.

Fall 2017

A Tour of Italy
Recommended for grades K–12
Available September 19, 2017 through December 22, 2017

Explore the artistic output of Italy from ancient stone sculpture to 20th Century photography. This tour includes a special focus on the exhibitions The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence and A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo De’ Barbari’s “View” of 1500as well as work from the Nasher’s permanent collectionThis interactive discussion-based tour will explore the history and artistic importance of this beautiful and influential region. Request a tour.

Power, Piety and Patronage:
Exploring Portraiture from the Renaissance to the Reagan Era
Recommended for grades 6–12
Available September 19, 2017 through December 22, 2017

Get an in-depth look at the history of portraiture and the persuasive power of personal imagery. Explore paintings from a diverse group of artists, from 17th-Century Florentine artist Carlo Dolci all the way up to 20th Century artists Barkley Hendrix and Alex Katz. The tour will include discussions on the role of artists and portraiture in the history of religion and politics, and the ways in which arts patrons shape our understanding of history. Request a tour.

Double Exposure: Connecting Science and Art at the Duke Gardens and Nasher Museum
Especially for 2nd grade
Available September 22, 2017 through December 22, 2017

Students will sharpen observational skills, practice collecting data, discover connections between science and art, and engage in hands-on discovery as they visit both the Duke Gardens and Nasher Museum in a single day. This program includes 80 minutes of guided tours at each venue with a 50 minute lunch break. Students/schools bring their own lunch. Double Exposure is FREE for all DPS 2nd grade classes. There is a small fee of $4 per student for all other schools and grade levels. Request a tour.

Español en el Museo
Recommended for grades 6-12
Available September 19, 2017 through December 22, 2017

Using the Nasher’s collection, students will explore the artistic legacy of Spanish art and culture, as well as native cultures before Spanish conquest. Tours will be interactive and discussion based, and include a hands-on activity and a Spanish language written activity. Request a tour.

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.


Self-guided groups or teacher-led school tours are possible in all of our galleries. Self-guided groups visiting The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence will be charged $7 per student and $14 for adult chaperones. Teachers should preview exhibitions to assure content in each gallery is age appropriate. Self-guided visits must be scheduled four weeks in advance.

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


Download Teacher Resource Packet for The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence (~200 Mb .zip file)

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 60 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

Stay in Touch

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.  


Teacher Workshop: The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence

Tuesday, September 12, 4-7 PM

Join Molly Boarati, Assistant Curator, for an introductory overview of the exhibition The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence. Discover exciting ways this exhibition can be utilized in your classroom and what to expect when you bring your students on tours. Meet and mingle with colleagues while you create art inspired by the exhibition and enjoy free food and drink, including beer and wine, in the Nasher Great Hall. Don’t miss our door prizes! Participating teachers will receive .3 continuing education credits. The program is free, but space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Register online!

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 nasher.duke.edu/wordsandpictures/.

Teacher Resources

K-12 Classroom Activities
Use these classroom activities with your students before or after a guided tour at the museum. These activities and lesson plans were developed with local educators who served on our Teacher Advisory Council.

Can’t make it on a tour? Many of these lessons could also be utilized as stand-alone activities utilizing projected images. Most images can be found in our collection online by searching for the artist and title or by general online searching for the artist and title or email nashered@duke.edu and we will send you a file of images.


Download Teacher Resource Packet for The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence (~200 Mb .zip file)



The Nasher Museum is currently accepting applications to serve on the Teacher Advisory Council for our spring 2018 exhibition Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. The Council will meet on three Thursdays in October – October 5, 12, and 26 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Teachers will research the exhibition and generate ideas and lessons for K-12 tours and classroom activities.. Those involved will receive CEU credits for participating. Teachers of all grade levels and subjects are encouraged to apply online!

The deadline to apply is September 26, 2017!  Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than September 28, 2017.



Classroom Visit slots are completely booked for the fall semester.

Please visit us instead! All K-12 tours at the Nasher are FREE and full bus scholarships are available for most schools.
If you have any questions, please contact Liz Peters at elizabeth.a.peters@duke.edu or at (919) 684-1169.