Group Tours

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Adult Group Tours

Private, docent-led group tours for 10 or more are available. Docent-guided tours are by appointment only.

Tours are available during Museum hours:
Wednesday - Friday 11am to 4pm (Third Thursdays open until 8pm)
Saturdays 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm

Please contact Jan Ewick at 508-793-4338 or at least three weeks in advance to book.

After your tour, consider lunch in the Museum Café.

Lunch at the Sole Proprietor
In addition to the Museum Café, we are pleased to announce a new lunch option for group visits - lunch at the Sole Proprietor (118 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01609). When calling to book your group tour, inquire about the special tour and lunch option offered with the Sole Proprietor to Worcester Art Museum tour groups. Click here to view the menu.

Youth / Student Group Tours

Gallery / Studio Workshop
Combine learning activities in the galleries with a related hands-on art making experience in the Museum's Education studios. Learn more

Tours are $5 per student for prearranged school tour groups on either docent-led or self-guided tours. Chaperones are FREE. Admission will remain free for Worcester Public School students and their chaperones. Adult tour groups pay Museum admission and a $2 service fee. Please note, you must meet at the Lancaster Street entrance for a tour.

Our tours are tailored to meet your specific needs, goals and interests. They are guided by trained and dedicated volunteer docents who will assist students of all ages develop their visual and thinking skills while engaging in inquiry and observation at the Museum.

Our special exhibitions and permanent collections can be used to support the goals of your curriculum through tours, hands-on workshops, teachers resources and other events. We look forward to talking with you about your goals and working with you to create a fun and enriching experience for you and your students at WAM.

Whether introductory or a special theme tour of our collections or special exhibitions, a Worcester Art Museum tour will support and enrich curricula in many areas including art, language arts, social studies, math and foreign languages.

See below for booking information.

Tour Topics

Animals in Art

Students discover animals, both real and imaginary, in a variety of media found in our Asian, Egyptian, Greek, Precolumbian and American Galleries among others. The images of animals as symbols and the legends and myths they tell will also be discussed.

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.

Ancient Impressions

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!

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.

Museum Discovery Experience

What is a museum and what will you find there? Students have the opportunity to see what a museum collects and to experience the “feel” of a museum. This tour is especially appropriate for young, first-time visitors.

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.

Self-Guided Discovery

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.

Homeschool Groups

The Worcester Art Museum is pleased to welcome homeschool groups to the Museum for group visits. Homeschoolers can choose from tours and Gallery Studio Workshops designed to complement home-based learning for ages 5 and up.

Classical and Medieval Historical Tours and Educational Activities

A suit of armor from the Higgins Collection

The Worcester Art Museum also offers tours, programs, and workshops relating to Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Art as well as our Arms and Armor collection.

Learn more about these exciting educational activities

Scout Group Tours

The Worcester Art Museum welcomes Scout Groups - Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Girl Scouts - for docent-guided tours and optional Gallery Studio Workshops. Programs are designed to complement Merit Badges, patches and Scout interests.

Scheduling a Youth / Student Group Tour

Please call 508-793-4338 to speak to an Education staff member
or send an email to Jan Ewick:

Tours are available Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 10 am, for one hour length unless otherwise requested. Guided tours are for groups of ten to eighty.

Admission for youth / student group tours is $5.00 per student.  Chaperones are FREE. Admission is free for Worcester Public School students and their chaperones. Worcester Art Museum offers Group Tour Scholarships for Schools needing financial assistance with the cost of group admission.  Interested groups should fill out the Tour Scholarship Request Form. *

Please provide four weeks advanced notice for guided tour requests. For youth groups, we ask that you provide one chaperone for every 5 preschoolers; 10 elementary students or 12-15 secondary students. Adults accompanying student groups are responsible for supervising the students at all times.


  • School buses may park across from the Museum on the west side of Lancaster Street.
  • Free auto parking is available in Museum lots on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman Streets.
  • Please note, parking is not allowed in the church parking lot.


55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(+1) 508-799-4406


Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
Third Thursdays until 8pm
For closing days and Shop, Café, and Library hours, see our Hours and Admission page.

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