Educators
School Tours

School Tours

Schedule a Tour

Using state standards as a foundation, docent-led school tours are designed to build critical thinking skills while exploring the museum’s collections through discussion and activities.

COST
Free

SCHEDULING A DOCENT-LED SCHOOL TOUR
Days: Tuesdays through Sundays.
Times: 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:15 pm.
Length: Standard tour length is 75 minutes.
How to book: Submit an online reservation form by viewing our tour menu.
When to book: At least three weeks’ advance notice is required.
Chaperones: 1 adult chaperone is required for every 15 students.

SCHEDULING A TEACHER-LED TOUR
Days: Wednesdays through Sundays.
Times: 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:15 pm.
How to book: Submit an online reservation form.
When to book: At least three weeks’ advance notice is required.
Use of galleries: Docent-led groups are given priority for use of gallery spaces. Please be aware that teacher-led groups may not have access to all galleries during their visit.
Chaperones: 1 adult chaperone is required for every 15 students. Chaperones must stay with their students at all times.

LUNCHES
Sack lunches: We regret that the Nelson-Atkins does not have indoor dining spaces for school groups bringing lunches with them. School groups are welcome to eat outdoors. In the case of inclement weather, the museum cannot provide an indoor eating space.

Box Lunches: For school groups (grades 3-12) touring the museum, Rozzelle Court Restaurant offers box lunches at a cost of $8.50 each.

  • Box Lunches purchased through the museum are served in Kirkwood Hall or another space assigned by museum staff.
  • All lunches must be ordered two weeks prior to your visit.
  • Payment can be made with a major credit card or by bringing a check to the cashier in Rozzelle Court the day of your lunch.
  • School Box Lunch Menu

Self-Pay: For school groups (7th– 12th grade only) going through the cafeteria line to select their lunch and self-pay.

  • Maximum of 60 students for this option, for groups more than 60 multiple dining times are required.
  • Dining in Rozzelle Court is not guaranteed, space in the museum will be provided.
  • Reservations a minimum of a week in advance of your tour are required.
  • Please note the fastest dining option is box lunches. There are only two cashiers available for self-pay lunches.
  • For questions and/or reservations, please contact Dining Services at 816-751-1248.

BUS PARKING
Free bus parking is available on Oak Street.

TITLE I
Title I schools may be eligible to receive a $200 stipend to offset trip-related expenses. For guidelines and a list of eligible schools, please view Title I Resources.

Cancellations/Rescheduling Tours
To ensure the best tour possible, please communicate any changes to us at tours@nelson-atkins.org. If you need to change the date or time of a scheduled tour, you will need to submit a new Tour Request form. Please note that all tour requests, including the rescheduling of tours, require three weeks advance notice. Tour cancellations are requested within at least 48 hours of the scheduled tour date.

Visitor Guidelines  (PDF)

School Tour Social Narrative (PDF)