Public Tours

A WAM tour guide a small group of children

Join one of our talented Museum docents to enjoy highlights of the collection, a special exhibition, or featured artwork.

Highlights Tours

Sundays, 1pm
Lancaster Welcome Center
Free with Museum admission*

Our docent-led Highlights tours offer visitors a trip through our galleries to discover highlights of our vast collection. These highlights represent the significant art, artists, and cultures presented throughout WAM's galleries. Requests to view a particular work of art or area will be honored wherever possible.

*Admission is FREE for all on the first Sunday of each month.

Zip Zoom Tours

Every other Wednesday, 12:30pm
Free; advance registration required (see below)

Our virtual docent-led art discussions focus on select works in the collection. These 30-minute spotlights are held on Zoom and include time for audience comments and questions.

To register for any tour, go to the Zip Zoom Registration page, select a tour date from the menu, and complete the registration process. You will then receive an email with the link to your chosen Zip Zoom tour. The dates and subjects of each tour are shown below.

Upcoming Zip Zoom Tours for 2021

  • Wednesday, August 11
  • A discussion with docent Barbara Eaton about Georges Braque's Olive Trees, which dates from the time Braque spent visiting the south of France.
  • Wednesday, September 8
  • Join us for a lively discussion about Dionysus: “More Than Just the Party God” with docent Ginny Powell.
  • Wednesday, September 22
  • Join us for a discussion about Dutch artist, Nicolaes Maes' fascinating portrait An Old Woman Praying, with docent Paul Steen.

Past Tours

  • Wednesday, June 30
  • Docent Hank Rose presents a Zip Zoom Art Discussion about mid-20th century painter Alice Neel. Learn about her work and discuss her painting on display at WAM, Julie and Aristotle.
  • Wednesday, June 16
  • Water Dropper: Poet Li Bai Sleeping Near Pine, Plum and Bamboo. A virtual Zip Zoom Tour is the perfect way to view this small carved flourite piece from the Chinese Jade Collection. This piece contains a water dropper which would be used in the making of ink for calligraphy. It also features Li Bai who was a poet and an ancient legend of the Three Friends: Pine, Bamboo and Plum.
  • Wednesday, June 2
  • Docent Shelley Rodman will discuss Doris Salcedo's narrative sculpture, La Casa Viuda (The Widowed House). Deeply affected by the protracted violence and civil war in her native Colombia, Doris Salcedo began a series of narrative sculptures in 1992 built around found doors and based on first-hand evidence from victims' families and loved ones whom she sought out and interviewed.
  • Wednesday, May 19
  • Docent Katy Sullivan will discuss the sculpture, Shipwrecked Mother and Child by Edward Augustus Brackett. This large white marble sculpture created in about 1850 had been in storage for decades at the Worcester Art Museum. It is currently undergoing conservation work in the Jeppson Idea Lab.
  • Wednesday, May 5
  • Join docent Ginny Powell-Braiser for a look at some of the works in WAM's collection of German printmaker, Käthe Kollwitz. View Kollwitz's depictions of women and learn how World War I impacted her work.
  • Wednesday, April 21
  • Marilyn Butler will lead a talk, “From Ancient Goddesses to Christian Saints” in WAM's collection. Explore sacred representations of women through time and place, beginning in the ancient world.
  • Wednesday, April 7
  • Joan Barry will lead a discussion about the Worcester Wedding Kimono created by CHISO Ltd.
  • Wednesday, March 10
  • Still Life as a Genre
  • Docent: Susan Gately
  • Wednesday, February 24
  • Fantastic Creatures Featured in WAM's Collection
  • Docent: Mark Mancevice
  • Wednesday, January 27
  • WAM's Community Mosaic
  • Docent: Brad Barker
  • Wednesday, December 30
  • American Abstract Expressionism
  • Docent: Peter Stultz
  • Wednesday, December 16
  • Etruscan Cinerary Urn
  • Docent: Barbara Eaton
  • Wednesday, December 2
  • Whistler's Arrangement in Black and Brown; The Fur Jacket
  • Docent: Deb Wallace
  • Wednesday, November 18
  • Roman Hairstyles in the WAM Collection
  • Docent: Mark Mancevice
  • Wednesday, November 4
  • Paul Revere's Print of the Boston Massacre
  • Docent: Brad Barker
  • Wednesday, October 21
  • Nancy Graves's sculpture Laocoön
  • Docent: Cathryn Oles

Art Together

Join us for creative time online with stories and enriching art activities! From drawing horses and dinosaurs to learning about colors, shapes, and textures, these easy-to-follow, recorded sessions are sure to inspire young budding artists. Each program features story time with an illustrated children's book, an inspiration work of art from the WAM Collection, art activities for PreK-5th grade children, and a downloadable PDF of the lesson and associated materials. Art Together videos are posted regularly on the WAM Facebook page, WAM YouTube channel, and then here on our website, where you can also find all past lessons.