School Tour Themes

Scheduling Your Visit: All school visits must have a confirmed appointment. To book a visit 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

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

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). Fees are subject to change.

Themes: Tour themes are appropriate for PreK – 12 school groups. Special exhibitions can be woven into most tour offerings. All docent-guided visits last one hour, unless otherwise specified.

Use our online reservation form to submit a request for any of the tours below. Please note that the submission of your reservation request does not guarantee your tour date and time until you receive a confirmation by email or post.

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 lively 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 beginning February 2015.

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.

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From Our Collection

1594, Caravaggio 1731, Canaletto 1749, Panini 1773, Wright

Upcoming Events

all-day Member Shopping Days
Member Shopping Days
Nov 21 – Nov 23 all-day
Member Shopping Days: Members receive 20% off in The Museum Shop in store and online! Not a member? Join now!
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Nov 23 @ 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 [...]
2:00 pm Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels
Nov 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:35 pm
Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels: Beginning circa 1817, the story spans three years of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana. Learn about the [...]
2:30 pm Tour: Looking at Landscapes
Tour: Looking at Landscapes
Nov 23 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tour: Looking at Landscapes: Free with admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Nov 26 @ 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