Docent-led tours focus on connecting students with the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. They inspire an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking and viewing skills to connect with the art on view with their studies and their own life experiences. Tours are led by volunteer docents trained, by Museum Education Department staff, to deliver tours based on current museum pedagogical theory.
School tours are offered beginning as early as 10:00 am. All school groups receive free student admission during teacher-scheduled field trips.
Submit a tour request form to be contacted by a member of the education staff who will help you plan your school’s visit. When you complete your tour request form, you will be asked to select one of the tour themes listed below.
Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
Tour themes are based on the Florida State Standards and customized to fit your classroom’s needs. When you select your tour theme, please consider how this tour will connect with your classroom. Curricular connections and applicable standards are available upon request. We are happy to work with you to design a tour around a standard of your choosing.
Art and Looking
Focus on having meaningful discussions that follow the standards for speaking and listening as you discuss the elements of art. This highlights tour takes students through significant works of art on view in both the permanent antiquities collection and the rotating modern and contemporary exhibitions. Recommended as an introduction to museums and the basic elements of composition and materials.
Art and the Ancient World
Focus on the iconography and objects of the ancient Greeks and Romans as you explore The Classical World. Learn about Greek and Roman artifacts within their artistic, social, religious, economic, and political contexts. Explore artifacts from an archaeological perspective. Recommended for students studying ancient cultures.
Art and Storytelling
The Ancient Greeks and Romans told stories to explain the unexplainable. Modern artists use well known stories to convey new messages. Explore the stories told through artistic depiction by ancient and/or modern artists. Recommended for students studying stories, fables, and myths.