The North Carolina Museum of Art

School Group Tours

Your Classroom Away from School

Teachers, imagine a classroom filled with . . .
astonishing sculpture from Africa, a real mummy coffin from ancient Egypt, a sculpture of Hercules from ancient Rome, portraits of America’s founders (painted by artists who actually knew them), masterpieces from around the world (to discuss in French, Italian, and Spanish with your students), challenging and thought-provoking contemporary art that’s off the wall (and on it)!

In spectacular West Building, the art and history of the world cultures await you and your students. You are invited to tour the collection with your class. Our docents are available to lead tours tailored to your grade level and subject areas. Reserve a tour now in the state’s largest, most exciting classroom: the North Carolina Museum of Art!

Recommended for All Grades and Subjects, K–12

World of Art—Let us design a tour to meet your class needs. Studying the French Revolution? Ancient Egypt? Reading Greek and Roman mythology? Exploring the rich history of Africa’s cultures? Or maybe you’d  just like an introduction to the Museum’s collection. Discover traditions, beliefs, and cultures from around the globe through works of art. Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Social Studies: K-8: [G.1], [H.1], [C.1];  [G.2], [C.1];
WH: [1-8], AH1: [H.1-7], AH2: [H.1-7]
Visual Arts: K-8: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1]; 9-12: B-A: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1]
English Language Arts: K-12: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

Recommended for Grades K–2:

Animals in Art—Explore the wonderful world of animals in the Museum’s collections: noble steeds, faithful hounds, and gentle farm creatures abound. Discover how images of animals have been used by artists from ancient to modern times. Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Science: K: [P.2], [L.1]; 1: [P.1], [E.2], [L.1], [L.2]; 2: [L.1], [L.2]
Visual Arts: K-2: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1]
English Language Arts: K-2: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

Parts of Art—Where can you find circles, rectangles, squares, triangles, and patterns in every color imaginable? In works of art, of course! Learn to recognize and talk about the elements of art on this lively tour (and hone your math skills, too). Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Mathematics: K: [CC.3], [CC.4], [CC.5], [OA.1], [NBT.1], [MD.1], [MD.2], [G.1], [G.2], [G.3], [G.4]; 1: [OA.5], [NBT.1], [MD.1], [G.1]; 2: [OA.2], [OA.3], [OA.4], [MD.3], [G.1]
Visual Arts: K-2: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1]
English Language Arts: K-2: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

Recommended for Grades 3–5:

North Carolina Focus in Art—From Murphy to Manteo, and Bath to Boone, North Carolina has served as an inspiration for artists from colonial times to the present day. Learn about our state’s rich history through the eyes of artists who call it home (and some who might wish they could)! Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Social Studies: 3-5: [H.1], [H.2], [C&G.1], [C&G.2], [C.1]
Visual Arts: 3-5: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1]
English Language Arts: 3-5: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

From Sea to Shining Sea—Experience the history of America’s struggles and triumphs through the Museum’s collections. Students compare works of art to explore ideas of freedom, development, economics, and America’s ever-changing landscape. Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Social Studies: 3: [H.1], [H.2], [G.1], [E.1], [C.1]; 4: [H.1], [E.1], [E.2], [C.1]; 5: [H.1], [H.2], [G.1], [E.1], [C.1]
Visual Arts: 3-5: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1]
English Language Arts: 3-5: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

Forces of Nature—Wind, rain, snow. Volcanic eruptions! Misty mountaintops and sunny summer days. Learn how artists capture the forces of nature in works of art. Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Science: 3: [E.1], [E.2], [L.2]; 4: [E.1], [E.2]; 5: [E.1], [L.1], [L.2]
Visual Arts: 3-5: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1]
English Language Arts: 3-5: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

Recommended for Grades 6–8:

The Power of Art— What symbolizes power? How do people rise to power in different cultures? Examining ideas including political and social hierarchy, media, communication, and changes in technology, students consider how artists through the centuries have represented power. Using portraits and ceremonial objects and video installations, explore the powerful influence of art and its effects on everyday life across the globe. Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Social Studies: 6-8: [H.1], [H.2], [E.1], [C&G.1], [C.1]
Visual Arts: 6-8: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1]
English Language Arts: 6-8: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

Making Math Artistic—Discover the creative ways artists apply mathematical concepts in their works of art. From three-dimensional sculpture to two-dimensional works on the wall, students will explore ideas of scale, ratio, perspective, symmetry, and proportion. Let our galleries be a math laboratory where students can see math concepts at work! Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Mathematics: 6-8: [RP.1], [RP.2], [NS.1], [NS.2], [NS.3], [G.1], [G.2], [G.3]
Visual Arts: 6-8: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1]
English Language Arts: 6-8: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

Recommended for Grades 9–12:

What Is Art? —Explore the world of art with challenging and thought-provoking questions such as: What makes art “art”? Does art have to be beautiful? Does art have to mean something? And who decides? Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Visual Arts: 6-8: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1], B-A: [V.1], [V.2]
English Language Arts: 6-8: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

Vive la France! Monet, Rodin, and More—Relax into a serene trip along the Seine, discovering the impressionists’ views of French cityscapes and countrysides. Then surround yourself with the powerful, gravity-defying beauty of Rodin’s figures cast in bronze. From sunlight-dappled canvases to the Rodin Garden’s shimmering reflecting pool, your journey leads you through the masterworks of France. C’est magnifique! Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Second Languages: NL-AM: [CLL.4]
Visual Arts: 6-8: [V.1], [V.2], [CX.1], [CR.1], B-A: [V.1], [V.2]
English Language Arts: 6-8: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

Classical Connections: Art and the Humanities—Whether you’re studying the labors of Hercules in mythology or the classical influences in the Italian Renaissance, this tour helps students explore connections between the visual arts, literature, and history of culture and language. Let works of art stimulate lively conversations for students and provide content for classroom writing projects. Pre-visit slides (ppt)

Second Languages: NL-AM: [CLL.4]
Visual Arts: B-A: [V.1], [V.2]
English Language Arts: 6-12: [SL.1], [SL.2], [SL.3], [SL.4], [SL.6]

Tour Details

School group tours are one-hour docent-led tours.

As an alternative to docent-led tours, chaperoned student groups may plan self-guided visits; reservations for self-guided school group visits should be made at least 10 days in advance.

Student groups visiting the Museum may wish to bring their own lunch. Picnic tables are available at the entrance to the Museum Park. They are first come, first served, and may not be reserved.

Please note that paid tickets are required for some special exhibitions. Check with the tour coordinator for details.

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Scheduling a Tour

The Museum School Group Coordinator will assist you in reserving a school group tour and selecting a theme that best fits the needs of your students. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the coordinator by e-mail or phone at (919) 664-6820.

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Reservations for school groups must be made at least four weeks in advance. Tour requests will be filled in the order received, with the aim of serving as many groups as possible. As tours are very popular, we cannot guarantee every request. 

School Bus Scholarship Fund

NC public school applicants whose percentage of low income students has been determined by the state Department of Public Instruction as 75% or higher may request transportation to the Museum for a docent-led tour. Requests must be received at least 6 weeks in advance. This service is available on a first come, first served basis.

School Bus Scholarship Fund is made possible by the support of the John William Pope Foundation.