Onsite Tours & Workshops
Schools and Youth

SCHOOL TOURS

School tours are free, interactive gallery experiences led by skilled docents offering learner-centered activities and open-ended discussion inspired by works of art. School tours are available for students from preschool through college. School tours are designed to enrich, extend, and support classroom learning while offering students the opportunity to explore 5,000 years of human creativity through original works of art. Strongly aligned with state and national learning standards, these interactive experiences teach students about art, improve visual literacy and observation skills, and contribute to 21st- century learning, empathy, and critical thinking skills.

Schoolwide Title I schools in the Kansas City metropolitan area are eligible for the Nelson-Atkins’ Incentive Grant Program. The Incentive Grant Program provides a $200 stipend to offset trip expenses and underwrites workshop fees for classified schoolwide Title I schools in Missouri and Kansas. A minimum of 25 students is necessary to receive the funding. Maximum group size depends on the individual tour and workshop.

Please note: Incentive Grant Schools will no longer be prompted to enter their Schoolwide Title I Status on their school tour or workshop registration. Validation of Incentive Grant benefits for qualifying visits will be included with your confirmation email. Please visit Title I Resources for more information.

Details and Scheduling

SCHEDULING A DOCENT-LED SCHOOL TOUR

  • Days: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays.
  • Times: M/Th/Fri: 10:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm and 3:30 pm; Sat/Sun: 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm.
  • Length: Standard tour length is 75 minutes.
  • Group Size: Minimum of 6 students, and maximum of 40 students per tour.
  • How to book: Select a Docent-led Tour and complete the Tour Request for your chosen subject.
  • When to book: At least three weeks’ advance notice is required. After submitting your request, you’ll receive a request acknowledgement email.
  • Tour Confirmation: Tours are not confirmed until a confirmation email is received. Confirmation will arrive within 10 business days.
  • Chaperones: 1 chaperone per 10 students is required; please round up for additional chaperones. The ideal chaperone assists with group behavior management and gallery transitions. No more than 2 chaperones per 10 students; paraeducators cannot be a chaperone. Children and siblings under 18 years of age are not eligible to be chaperones.
  • COVID-19: Tours follow the museum’s overall COVID-19 safety policies. Please visit our Safety Guidelines page to check on our current policies related to COVID-19, including the status of masks.
  • NOTE: For clarity of communication, each teacher needs to register for their own class. Please do not schedule for others.

Class in front of 'Three Bowls'

SCHEDULING A TEACHER-LED SCHOOL TOUR

Teachers interested in leading their own self-guided experience with students should schedule a Teacher-Led tour. These can be booked along with a Docent-Led tour.

  • Days: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays.
  • Times: M/Th/Fri: 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:30 pm; Sat/Sun: 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm.
  • Group Size: Maximum of 25 students per tour.
  • How to book: Explore the museum along with your students as a self-guided experience. Select Teacher-Led Tour: General and complete the Tour Request for the time you plan to arrive at the museum and which galleries you plan to visit with your group.
  • When to book: At least three weeks’ advance notice is required. After submitting your request, you’ll receive a request acknowledgement email.
  • Tour Confirmation: Tours are not confirmed until a confirmation email is received. Confirmation will arrive within 10 business days.
  • Use of galleries: 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. You will be asked to select up to 3 gallery locations for your visit to avoid overcrowding. While traveling through the museum, please avoid areas with other scheduled groups to ensure optimal experience for all visitors. Teacher-Led tours are scheduled for 75 minutes.
  • Chaperones: 1 chaperone per 10 students is required; please round up for additional chaperones. The ideal chaperone assists with group behavior management and gallery transitions. No more than 2 chaperones per 10 students; paraeducators and instructional assistants cannot be a chaperone. Children and siblings under 18 years of age are not eligible to be chaperones.
  • COVID-19: Tours follow the museum’s overall COVID-19 safety policies. Please visit our Safety Guidelines page to check on our current policies related to COVID-19, including the status of masks.
  • NOTE: For clarity of communication, each teacher needs to register for their own class. Please do not schedule for others.

Tours

ART IS ELEMENTARY – TOUR A

tour with Buddha

Grades 3–5

Art is Elementary – A is the perfect introductory tour to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for grades 3–5. On this tour, students will visit the Asian and European art galleries.

Find tour details and pre-/post-tour resources by clicking below.

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ART IS ELEMENTARY – TOUR B

Class visiting African Galleries

Grades 3–5

Art is Elementary – B is the perfect introductory tour to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for grades 3–5. On this tour, students will visit the African and Contemporary art galleries.

Find tour details and pre-/post-tour resources by clicking below.

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BEYOND THE BUFFALO

Class visiting the Native American Galleries

Grades 3–8

This tour familiarizes students with the material culture of Native American peoples from the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, and Northwest Coast regions of North America.

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SECONDARY EXPLORATIONS

Grades 6–12

Secondary Explorations is the perfect introductory tour to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for grades 6–12. On this tour, students will visit the African, Contemporary, and Photography galleries.

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ANCIENT ODYSSEYS TOUR

Grades 6–12

This tour introduces students to the cultures of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. By using both primary and secondary sources, students are encouraged to think carefully about how ancient art objects communicate cultural beliefs and practices that are still relevant to the modern world.

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Registration

To register, please click on the following and read our guidelines.

School Tour Guidelines

Tour Guidelines and Registration

NOTE: Each teacher needs to register for their own class. Please do not schedule for others.

CHAPERONES
1 chaperone per 10 students is required. Chaperones assist with group behavior management and gallery transitions. No more than 2 chaperones per 10 students; paraeducators and instructional assistants cannot be a chaperone. Children and siblings under 18 years of age are not eligible to be chaperones.

COVID-19
Tours follow the museum’s overall COVID-19 safety policies. Please visit our Safety Guidelines page to check on our current policies related to COVID-19, including the status of masks.

CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES
To cancel or request a change to your scheduled tour, please email tours@nelson-atkins.org. Please include your name, phone number, confirmation number, name of school, and date and time of your scheduled visit. Tour cancellations are requested within at least 48 hours of the scheduled tour date.

Please note that any changes to the date, time, and/or theme of your tour will need to be submitted through a new Tour Request form. At least three weeks’ advance notice is required for submitting all changes.

LUNCH
The Nelson-Atkins does not have a designated space indoors for groups to eat lunch. However, groups are welcome to eat outdoors and enjoy the Sculpture Park. In the case of inclement weather, the museum cannot provide an indoor eating space.

BUS DROP-OFF & PICK-UP
Enter the one-way, circular drive off of 45th Street between Oak Street and Rockhill Road and drop students off at the East side by the Bloch Building. All groups must enter and exit through the designated Bloch Building entrance doors.

PARKING
Bus parking is limited to designated areas facing north on Oak Street.

Vans and public vehicles pay $12.00 to park in the museum garage.

Limited free parking for cars is available in the northeast parking lot (45th before Rockhill) and on the west side of Oak Street on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitor Guidelines

School Tour Narrative

We look forward to meeting and learning with you!
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Additional Questions?
For additional information please email tours@nelson-atkins.org.