K-12 Tours

K-12 Guided Tours

Guided tours last 60 – 90 minutes. On their tour, students will discuss 4-6 artworks in multiple exhibitions and engage in a 20 minute hands-on art activity. Guided tours engage students in discussions about the artwork on view while encouraging critical thinking and the development of higher-order processing skills.

Fall 2016

Stories of the South
Recommended for grades K-5
Available September 20 – December 22

Focusing on Southern Accent, students will examine details in artworks and discuss story elements such as mood, setting, character and plot. Students will use visual clues to create their own stories of the South. Request a tour.

Signs and Symbols
Recommended for grades 6-12
Available September 20 – December 22

Explore the iconography of the American South – from peanuts to protest – as we tour the exhibition Southern Accent. Students will discuss the role symbolism plays in the visual arts and other forms of communication and expression. Request a tour.

Double Exposure: Connecting Science and Art at Duke Gardens and the Nasher Museum
Especially for 2nd grade classes
September 20 – December 22 from 10 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 a tour.

The South and Social Justice
Especially for 8th grade classes
September 20 – December 22 from 10 AM – 1:00 PM

This tour includes a screening of the documentary The Loving Story and a tour of Southern Accent focusing on issues of Social Justice in the American South. Film is 90 minutes, tour is 60 minutes, with 30 minutes lunch break. Students/schools must bring their own lunch. 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