School Programs

Take student learning beyond the classroom walls, and explore fifty-one centuries of art and culture at the Worcester Art Museum! Our world-renowned permanent collection and special exhibitions will open doors to a deeper understanding of human history and creativity while supporting a wide range of subject areas. Plan a visit for you and your students, and discover all that the museum has to offer!

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With docents as your guides, engage your students in museum discovery by touring our permanent collection and special exhibitions. Add art to your STEM curriculum with a STEAM tour, or let us design a tour on a topic of your choice. Topics include: American Art and Culture; Echoes of Antiquity; Animals in Art; Medieval and Renaissance; Multicultural Understanding; Armor and the Knightly World; or Museum Discovery.

Gallery/Studio Workshops

Build on gallery observations with art-making in the studio! Taught by Museum instructors, follow your guided tour with a hands-on experience in clay, paint, collage, printmaking, or other materials. Workshops are designed with your specific interests and objectives in mind. Options include: Greek Pottery; Egyptian Cartouches; Illuminated Letters; Aluminum Tooling; Roman Mosaics; Portraiture; Landscape Painting; or Abstraction.

Arms and Armor Presentations

Since 2014, the Worcester Art Museum has incorporated Arms and Armor from the Higgins Armory Collection into its collection. Enhance your visit to the museum's Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance galleries with an Arms and Armor Presentation. Our presentations and tours are designed to meet current Massachusetts Department of Education Curriculum Standards for History and Social Sciences and Art. They also are compatible with curriculum standards in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Topics include: Medieval Armor, Roman Soldier, The Viking Age, and The Gothic Knight. All presentations run 45-60 minutes. Read more about Arms and Armor Presentations.

Package Examples

  • American Art and Culture Tour + Portraiture Workshop
  • Medieval Tour + Medieval Armor Presentation + Illuminated Letters or Aluminum Tooling Workshop
  • Echoes of Antiquity Tour + Roman Soldier Presentation + Roman Mosaics or Greek Pottery Workshop

Fees and Scheduling

All programs include Museum admission

Tour$5 per person
 – Worcester Public Schools studentsFree
 – Faculty and adult chaperonesFree
Tour + Gallery/Studio Workshop$12 per person
Tour + Arms & Armor Presentation$10 per person
Tour + Gallery/Studio Workshop + Arms & Armor Presentation$17 per person

Guided visits can be arranged for groups of ten or more with a maximum of 80 students per visit. Programs should be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Self-guided visits are welcome, but reservations are strongly encouraged. All programs start from the Lancaster Street Welcome Center.

To schedule your program or to learn more,
contact Kayla Peterson at 508.793.4338 or

Tour Topic Ideas

Choose from our list of tour themes below or let us design a tour to suit your requirements.

American Art and Culture

View American history and, specifically, local history in our painting and decorative arts galleries. Representations from the colonial period to the early 20th century can help students better understand culture, society and the history of this country.

Animals in Art

Students discover animals, both real and imaginary, in a variety of media found in our Asian, Egyptian, Greek, Pre-Columbian, and American galleries, among others. The images of animals as symbols and the legends and myths they tell will be sure to delight!

The Arts of Asia

Japan, China, India and the Islamic world can be explored individually or as a group on a tour that introduces various cultural ideas, stories and art to students.

Armor and the Knightly World

Using both art and artifact to tell the story of influences that changed knights and their weaponry, this tour focuses closely on the subject of knightly arms and armor.

Echoes of Antiquity

This tour brings to life the cultures of the Near East, ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome using ancient art and architecture. Come explore the impact of those civilizations on cultures today!

Medieval and Renaissance

Weave together the roles of church, knight, and common man, and what do you get? A fascinating history of cultural influence, all told through the exciting lens of art.

Multicultural Understanding

Gain insight and an appreciation of the history, lifestyles, traditions and beliefs of cultures represented in galleries throughout the museum.

Museum Discovery

A good option for young or first time visitors to an art museum, this tour introduces students to a variety of of artistic styles, materials, time periods, and cultures, planting the seeds for learning more.

Portrait and Propaganda: Art and Civics

A tour that looks at portraits of individuals who have held political power, and uses symbolism to portray authority, perfectly tying into the new Massachusetts 8th grade Civics Curriculum.


Teachers may prefer to have students work independently in the galleries on assignments brought from the classroom. This self-guided museum experience is recommended for older students and is available only after 11 am. Please allow 1–2 weeks advance notice when requesting self-guided tours.

Education Programs at the Worcester Art Museum are generously supported by the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, The Booth Family Fund for Education and Outreach at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Frances L. Hiatt Fund for the Advancement of Museum Education, The Nathan and Barbara Greenberg Fund for Education, The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, and the Norman and Dorothy Sharfman Education Fund, among other endowment funds. Additional generous support provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, The Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation and our members.