K–12 Group Visits

Docents welcome student groups and encourage teacher participation in tailoring tours to meet the needs of each group. For ideas, see the list of sample tours below or browse our teacher resources. We require at least one chaperone for every ten students. Tour fees are waived for school groups.

Sample Tours

Line, Shape, and Color
Preschool through grade 2
Through a focus on active engagement, students explore the ways in which artists use lines, shapes, and colors to create compositions.

Animals and Birds in the Galleries 
Preschool through grade 2 
Search for real and imaginary creatures, such as an ancient Egyptian cat, four galloping horses, and a pair of dancing dogs from ancient Mexico. Hear tales about them and discover how the works were made.

Museum Treasures
Preschool through grade 3
Discover sculptures of an ancient Chinese dragon, dancing dogs from the ancient Americas, a medieval knight carved in stone, and four Western cowboys galloping through the rye. Explore paintings by such artists as John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, and Édouard Manet.

Myths and Stories in Art 
Preschool through grade 3 
Throughout history, artists have been inspired by myths and stories. Learn about myths and legends from cultures throughout the world as they come to life in the paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and other objects in the Museum's collections.

Classical Mythology in Art 
Upper elementary through high school 
Visit the galleries of ancient Greek and Roman art and find such figures as Apollo, Athena, Medusa, Heracles, Odysseus, and Zeus. Explore the European galleries to trace uses of classical mythology in later Western art.

Global Highlights: Art of the Asian, African, Ancient Mediterranean, and Ancient American Cultures
Upper elementary through high school
Choose one or more of the above cultures, or include all of them in a highlights tour of the Museum's lower-level galleries. Discover what art reveals about the life, traditions, and beliefs of earlier cultures. Find clues in such objects as African ceremonial masks, powerful Chinese tomb guardians, or an Egyptian mummy coffin.

American Art: From Copley to Warhol
Elementary through high school
Learn about American painting and sculpture from the eighteenth century to the present day through a sampling of works by such artists as John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, Sol Le Witt, and Andy Warhol.

Portraits through the Ages
Elementary through high school
Explore portraits of ancient Roman rulers, the French playwright Molière, the eighteenth-century opera singer Sarah Harrop, and George Washington at the Battle of Princeton. Discover how portrait styles have changed through the ages.

Continuity and Change in Western Art and Culture 
Middle through high School 
Survey developments in the history of Western art and culture from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century, or focus on two or three of the following periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. American art can also be included.

The Art of Comprehension
Elementary through high school
Through an emphasis on close looking, critical thinking, and evidence-based interpretation, students have the opportunity to practice literacy and comprehension skills using works of art. A creative writing component can be included as students are encouraged to make personal connections with the art.

Outdoor Walking Tour: Contemporary Sculpture
(March through October) 
Elementary through high school 
Walk through the beautiful campus of Princeton University and see a variety of contemporary sculpture, from Louise Nevelson to Henry Moore. Learn about materials and techniques and explore elements of design and balance.

The Figure in Art: Touchable Tour for Visitors Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted 
Explore the theme of the figure in art using two- and three-dimensional props.