School Tour Themes
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
Fees are subject to change
Wednesday – Friday
School Groups $5/student or chaperone
Schools with Hartford Zip Code FREE for students and chaperones
$3 is added to all admission prices during our two annual fundraisers, Festival of Trees & Traditions (December 5–14, 2014) and Fine Art & Flowers (May 1-3, 2015).
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.