K-12 Tours

K-12 Guided Tours

On their tour, students will discuss 4-6 artworks in multiple exhibitions. Guided tours engage students in discussions about the artwork on view while encouraging critical thinking and the development of higher-order processing skills. All tours will feature artwork from the The Collection Galleries. Tours also feature contemporary pieces from the collection in All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery From the Permanent Collection.

Summer 2017

Summer Days at the Nasher (60 minutes)
Recommended for grades K-8
Available June 13 – August 25, 2017

Available for summer camp groups, year-round schools, and home school groups.

Cool off in the museum by exploring select summer themed artworks. Students will spend 40 minutes in the galleries discussing art and 20 minutes in the classroom creating their own artwork. This tour is limited to groups of 45 or less. Request a tour.

The Art of Observation (90 minutes)
Recommended for grades 8-12 
Available June 13 – August 25, 2017
(For Duke TIP and Young Writers Groups)

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 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 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.

K-12 Classroom Activities
Use these classroom activities with your students before or after a guided tour of Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. These activities and lesson plans were developed with local educators who served on our Teacher Advisory Council.

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

Download a PDF of the lesson plans:

Collage – Romare Bearden & Collage Making (K-2)

Collage – Romare Bearden & Collage Making (3-5)

Collage – Romare Bearden & Collage Making (6-8)

Geography – Exploring the South through Photographs (K-2)

Geography – Exploring the South through Photographs (3-5)

Nature Watercolors, Walter Anderson (K-5)

Storytelling with Art (K-5)

The Art of Communication (6-12)

Identity and Place (K-5)

Opinion Writing (9-12)


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