Discover and Learn | Your Group Visit to the Nelson-Atkins
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is pleased to present a NEW series of interactive, inquiry-based tours that encourage active looking, critical thinking and dialogue. Skilled docents will use Visual Thinking Strategies, learner-centered questioning and hands-on activities to immerse students in the art that they experience in the museum collection.
School groups may visit the Museum on their own. All teacher-led tours must be scheduled three weeks in advance. Visit Teacher-led Tours for more information.
To learn more about the school tours we offer, choose from the list below.
Highlight Tours: an introductory experience
|3-5||Art is Elementary - A|
|3-5||Art is Elementary - B|
|6-12||Secondary Impressions - A|
|6-12||Secondary Impressions - B|
Collection Tours: explore a specific area of the Museum
|3-8||Beyond the Buffalo: American Indian Collection|
|4-12||Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists|
|K-6||Sculpture (and Science!) in Summer|
|5-12||Tomb Treasures: Collections of Egypt and China|
Thematic Tours: exeriences that link collections
|3-12||Write Way to Art - American Collection|
|3-12||Write Way to Art - European Collection|
Don’t see the tour you need? Legacy tours are available upon request (French Art, Spanish Art, European Renaissance, etc.). Contact the Tour Scheduling office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using the Common Core State Standards as a foundation, tours are designed to build critical thinking skills while exploring the museum collection.
Highlight Tours are designed to provide students with an introduction to the Museum's overall collections; Collection Tours explore one area of the Museum's collection; Thematic Tours are an experience that link collections and Featured Exhibition Tours bring the Museum’s outstanding collection of art together with magnificent works from private collections and world-renowned art institutions.
School tours are FREE, one hour and 15 minutes in length and are available for grades 2-12.
Rozzelle Court Restaurant offers $7.50 box lunches for school groups. Orders must be placed in advance with Event Planning.
School groups may bring sack lunches and picnic on the grounds of the Kansas City Sculpture Park. Teachers are responsible for making alternate arrangements in inclement weather. There are limited facilities for students who are scheduled for an All-Day Visit to eat sack lunches inside the Museum. Request to eat indoors must be made at the time of registration and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Click here for a menu of box lunch options
Please note that one adult must accompany every 10 students.
School Tours are made possible in part by Sprint and Blue Cross Blue Shield.