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The Nasher Museum of Art offers FREE guided gallery tours for K-12 students that address various learning styles through purposeful looking, collaborative investigation, engaging conversation, and thoughtfully planned gallery interactions. Students are encouraged to use visual evidence to construct their own interpretations about objects of art and develop critical thinking and communication skills. Tours and activities are designed to reinforce classroom objectives and promote arts integration across the curriculum.

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 and 60 minutes for PreK-2nd grade. Students will engage in discussion and critical thinking while viewing five to seven artworks in multiple exhibitions.

Guided tours in Spring 2023 will all spend time in our newest exhibitions: Spirit in the Land, Beyond the Surface: Collage, Mixed Media, and Textile Works from the Collection, and The Collection Galleries.

Tours Available Spring 2023


Grades: PK-5
This tour blends English language arts concepts and science as we use depictions of the natural world to explore story elements with a special emphasis on setting. This playful and interactive tour will have a special focus on artwork created with surprising materials while introducing students to historical and contemporary art in a museum setting.


Grades: 6-12
Explore the ways artists experience, reflect on, and depict the world around them. Through close looking of historical and contemporary artworks, this tour focuses on the ways that artists connect with their surrounding environments, both natural and human-made, throughout their creative process.


Especially for 2nd grade classes. 10 am-1:30 pm (students bring their own lunch)

Students will sharpen observational skills, practice collecting data, discover connections between science and art, and engage in hands-on discovery. This program includes 80 minutes of guided tours at each venue with a 50-minute lunch break.

Request a K-12 Guided Tour.

Schedule a K-12 Tour

Before requesting a tour, please check the calendar below for 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 Tours

Self-guided groups or teacher led tours are welcome in all of our galleries. Teachers should preview exhibitions to assure the content in each gallery is age appropriate. Self-guided tours must be scheduled in advance.

Complete this form to schedule your self-guided visit or call 919-684-1169.

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