School Tours

Scheduling Your Visit: All school visits must have a confirmed appointment. To book directly with our Group Visit Associate, call (860) 838-4046. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. Space is limited. Groups without a scheduled appointment may not be able to enter the museum.

Reserved Group Visit Hours and Fees

Docent-guided                                     9:30am–3:30pm
Self-guided                                          Noon–4pm

School Groups                                     $5/student or chaperone
Schools with a Hartford Zip Code       FREE for students and chaperones
Fees are subject to change.

$3 will be added to all admission prices during our two annual fundraisers, Festival of Trees & Traditions (December 6–15, 2013) and Fine Art & Flowers (April 25–27, 2014).

Themes: Current tour themes are appropriate for PreK through 12 school groups. All docent-guided visits last one hour, unless otherwise specified. Click on the name of a tour to use our online reservation form. Please note that the submission of your reservation does not guarantee your tour date and time until you receive a confirmation by e-mail or post.

Special exhibitions can be woven into any of our tour offerings.

Story Book Hour (grades PreK and K)
Students enjoy the adventure of connecting reading and words to art through the creative window of stories, myths, and tall tales.

Learning To Look (grades K 8)
Students learn about the elements of art, artistic vocabulary, and the museum experience through careful looking, critical thinking, and discussion.

Step Into The Story (grades K – 12)
Students examine imagery for narrative elements, learning to “read” and interpret works of art through character, setting, and plot. This tour is available through February 2014.

Connecticut People & Places (grades 3  8)
Students experience Connecticut’s rich history and culture through the events, people, places, and ideas depicted and interpreted in works of art in the collection, many of which were made by Connecticut artists.

American Art (grades 3 – 12)
Students learn to look at visual imagery through an exploration of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts representing the colonial period, the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars, westward expansion, the early twentieth century, and the contemporary moment.

Art & Writing (grades 3 – 12)
Students exercise observational, critical thinking, oral presentation, and writing skills, using art as a catalyst.  A brief writing activity is included. This tour lasts 1 hour 15 minutes.

Artwise (grades 9 – 12)
Students decode visual imagery, explore innovations in art, discuss the context of artworks, and experience the museum in this “Learning to Look” tour for high school students.

Self-guided Visits (grades PreK – 12)
Teachers may lead their groups in the galleries, but docent-guided tours have priority. Teachers are requested to identify the galleries where they will tour. For specifications, please call (860) 838-4046.


From Our Collection

1938, Tchelitchew 1855, Church Noland, 1993-94 Hanson, 1971

Upcoming Events

all-day 41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
Apr 12 – May 18 all-day
41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
Hartford Youth Art Renaissance, 2013 41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance: Celebrate the 41st anniversary of the museum’s partnership with the Hartford Public School District to [...]
all-day CANCELED: Day Art Tour: Newark Museum
CANCELED: Day Art Tour: Newark M…
Apr 24 all-day
CANCELED: Day Art Tour: Newark Museum: Join the Women’s Committee for a day exploring the Newark Museum, New Jersey’s largest museum. $115; $105 Members, includes [...]
all-day Fine Art & Flowers
Fine Art & Flowers
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day
Fine Art & Flowers: Welcome spring at our annual fundraiser Fine Art & Flowers! View floral arrangements inspired by works of art in our collection [...]
12:00 pm Little Black Dress
Little Black Dress
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Little Black Dress
Ticket sales are closed. No sales at the door. Bill Graham, Little Black Dress Little Black Dress: Ladies (and gentlemen), enjoy a spirited floral presentation [...]
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]

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Hours & Admission

Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5