K-12 Tours

Tours for K-12 School Groups

Free guided tours are available Tues. – Fri. throughout the school year. Schools may bring 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 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

The Art of Observation

Recommended for grades 6-12
Available March 25th – May 27, 2016
Using art from current exhibitions, students work individually and in small groups to examine and evaluate their observation and communication skills. This highly interactive tour is great for team building and is an ideal tour for classes on subjects that are not typically associated with art museum visits; such as science and mathematics. This tour is limited to groups of 30 or less. Request tour.

People and Portraits

Recommended for grades K-5
Available September 15, 2015 – May 27, 2016
Discover cultures from around the world and throughout different time periods by exploring a variety of portraits. This tour reinforces the English Language Arts Common Core standards of “Key Ideas and Details” and “Integration of Knowledge and Ideas”. Request tour.

Art History 101 at the Nasher

Recommended for grades 6-12
Available September 15, 2015 – May 27, 2016
Focusing on The New Galleries: A Collection Come to Light, students will experience the history of art through the lens of the Nasher’s Collection.Tours will be interactive and discussion based, using visual thinking strategies and critical thinking skills to draw conclusions about the artwork and its significance. Request tour.

Create Your Own Adventure

Especially for grades 9-12
Available September 15, 2015 –May 27, 2016
Want to focus on a specific time period or collection? Create your own experience! Spend 30 minutes with a Nasher guide and learn how to carefully look and discuss the art. Students may then view additional artworks of your choice or those that relate directly to your curriculum, applying the same principles. This tour is limited to groups of 30 or less. Request tour.

Double Exposure: Connecting Science and Art at Duke Gardens and the Nasher Museum

Especially for 2nd grade classes from Durham Public Schools
Available September 15, 2015 –May 27, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
This program includes 80 minutes of guided tours at each venue with a 50 minute lunch break.  Students/schools must bring their own lunch. Request 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 permitted in all of our galleries. Admission fees apply for self-guided groups visiting the exhibition.

Self-guided visits must be scheduled in advance. Complete this form to schedule your self-guided visit or call 919-684-9244.

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 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 919-684-9244, to find out if your school qualifies.


Contact the Education Associate
nashered@duke.edu / 919-684-9244