Guidelines: Adult Group Tours

The Nelson-Atkins welcomes groups to explore its collections and featured exhibitions! Tours are available for adult and college audiences of at least 6 people in a wide range of topics.

Tours are available every day except Tuesdays. Groups of 12 or more must schedule a visit at least 3 weeks in advance, including self-guided visits that do not have a docent.

All tour requests will receive an immediate, automated email acknowledging that the museum received your tour request. Tour confirmation is processed within 10 business days. Tours are not confirmed until the confirmation email is received.

Please note that school tours visit 10 am–12:30 pm on weekdays.

Tours of the collection are free and last approximately 75 minutes. Tours of the featured exhibition require the purchase of special exhibition tickets. We regret the museum is not accepting custom tour requests at this time.

How to Request a Tour
Select a Docent-led or Self-Guided Adult Tour and complete the Tour Request for the tour of your choice.

In the Access Accommodation Requests and Notes Field: Please include information that is helpful to the museum in preparing for your group’s visit. Include accessibility and mobility needs, etc. (using assisted listening devices, travelling from out of town, birthday outing, time of dining reservation, etc.) We do our best to accommodate requests but cannot guarantee every request. This field does not support changes to tour date, time, and numbers exceeding the maximum confirmed participants.

Adult tours and available spaces are limited to what is listed. If the tour does not show the number of available spaces needed for your group, another date/time needs to be selected. Enter the maximum number of guests for your group. Group numbers may not be increased once submitted. If working with a large group, it is strongly suggested to keep a waitlist for people exceeding the tour’s maximum number of participants should anyone cancel.

If expecting less than the number of confirmed participants, please email at least three business days before your confirmed tour. This allows us time to adjust docent and staff accordingly.

For Self-Guided Tours: To provide the best experience for all our guests and to avoid gallery traffic jams with other scheduled groups, please select the galleries you plan to visit with your group. Please limit your visit to the time and galleries selected. Self-Guided Adult Tours are scheduled for 75 minutes.

Requests are not scheduled until you have received a confirmation email, which takes up to 10 business days. Please plan on this processing time when organizing your visit.

By clicking “REGISTER” you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the guidelines above. Registration will begin on the next page.