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K-12 Guided Tours

A group tours The Collection Galleries with a Nasher Gallery Guide and chaperone. Photo by J Caldwell.
A group tours The Collection Galleries with a Nasher Gallery Guide and chaperone. Photo by J Caldwell.

The Nasher Museum of Art offers 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, 60 minutes for PK-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.

See below the tours available this Summer.

Tours Available Summer 2019

Summer Traveler

Recommended for grades PK-8
Available through August 23, 2019
The perfect tour for first-time art museum visitors! Students will explore the Nasher’s building and travel the world as they view the collection with imaginative conversation, playful movement, and fun hands-on activities.

Art of Observation

Recommended for high school students
Available through August 23, 2019
Using art from current exhibitions, students work individually and in small groups to examine and evaluate their observation and communication skills. The group discusses external factors that impact observations. Students will consider how skills for looking at art may transfer to writing, field study, a laboratory, or an exam room.

NEW – Spanish language or English/Spanish dual language K-12 tours now available. Inquire at

Request a K-12 Guided 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 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 schedule in advance.

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


What to Expect

  • 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

Bus scholarships are available for a limited number of K-12 guided field trips to the museum. Please contact, or call 919-684-1169, to find out if your school qualifies.


Please contact the Education Associate by emailing or calling 919-684-1169.

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