Due to winter weather conditions, the Worcester Art Museum will be closed on Saturday, January 29.

The Tuckerman Street entrance will remain open to the public during construction in the Stoddard courtyard.

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*

On-site tours are currently limited to 15 attendees. Reservations should be made at the admissions desk on arrival.

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 Tours

Our docent-led art discussions focus on select works in the collection or a current exhibition. These 30-minute spotlights are held both on Zoom and in-person at WAM and include time for audience comments and questions. The dates and subjects of each tour are shown in the table below.

In-gallery tours: every other Saturday, 12:30pm
Free with Museum admission

Meet in Lancaster Lobby

On-site tours are currently limited to 15 attendees. Reservations should be made at the admissions desk on arrival.

Virtual (“Zip Zoom”) tours: every other Wednesday, 12:30pm
Free; advance registration required.
To register, click the “Register for a Zip Zoom Tour” button below, 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.

Upcoming Zip Tours for 2022

Please check our calendar for the latest information.

  • Edward Hicks' The Peaceable Kingdom, with Virginia Powell-Brasier.
  • Virtual tour: Wednesday, January 26
    In-gallery tour: Saturday, January 29
  • A skilled decorative painter, Edward Hicks preached his Quaker ideology through his iconic Peaceable Kingdom, which he executed over sixty times. The theme of this work, drawn from verse by the biblical prophet Isaiah, uses a charming menagerie of beasts and children to connect Isaiah's message of harmony with William Penn's 1681 treaty with the Delaware Valley's Lenni Lenape.
  • Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London, with Anita Droby.
  • Virtual tour only: Wednesday, February 9
  • This Zip Tour will share a closer look at George Frederick Watts' portrait, Ellen Terry ('Choosing'), and the Worcester Valentines on display in the exhibition, courtesy of the Worcester Historical Museum.
  • Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London, with Brad Barker.
  • Virtual tour: Wednesday, February 23
    In-gallery tour: Saturday, February 26
  • Join this Zip Tour as our docent offers a closer look at Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning's portraits and clasped hands cast. Learn more about the relationship between these two endearing literary figures and lovers.

Past Tours

  • Jacob van Ruisdael's View on the IJ on a Stormy Day, with docent Mike Hoke.
  • Virtual tour: Wednesday, January 12
    In-gallery tour: CANCELLED
  • The most celebrated of the Dutch landscape painters, Jacob van Ruisdael also painted a number of impressive seascapes, all of which appear to date after 1656, when he had left his hometown of Haarlem and settled in Amsterdam, Holland's largest city. In this example he focused on the IJ, the arm of the Zuider Zee that forms the harbor of Amsterdam.
  • WAM's Artful Deck the Halls Trees, with docent Joan Barry.
  • Virtual tour only: Wednesday, December 29
  • WAM is merry and bright for the holidays with artfully decorated trees inspired by the Museum's current special exhibition, Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London and the 1965 classic movie, Doctor Zhivago. Join this Zoom with Docent Joan Barry and hear more about the decorations created by Sally Jablonski of Herbert E. Berg Florist, Inc.

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.