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.

Masks are optional at the Worcester Art Museum.
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Watercolors Unboxed Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm
Free with Museum admission*

Space is limited – please register at the front desk on arrival
Meet in Lancaster Lobby

Dive into the notoriously unforgiving medium of watercolor with Watercolors Unboxed and discover the artists who tamed it…and pushed it to its limits.

Highlights Tours

Sundays, 1 pm
Free with Museum admission*

Space is limited – please register at the front desk on arrival
Meet in Lancaster Lobby

Our docent-led 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 the Museum's galleries. For a schedule of upcoming tours, including themed Tours of the Month, visit our calendar.

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

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 the Museum, 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, 12:30 pm
Free with Museum admission

Meet in Lancaster Lobby

Virtual (“Zip Zoom”) tours: every other Wednesday, 12:30 pm
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

  • Buddhas of the Kushan Empire, with docent Mark Mancevice.
  • Virtual tour: Wednesday, September 6
    In-gallery tour: Saturday, September 9
  • Shipwrecked Mother and Child, with docent Shelley Rodman.
  • Virtual tour: Wednesday, September 20
    In-gallery tour: Saturday, September 23

Past Tours

  • Edward Savage, Worcester County Painter. Join this docent-led discussion about Edward Savage, a self-taught painter from Worcester County. We will view and discuss his early painting from 1779, The Savage Family and compare it to his later portrait from 1801, Edward Savage, Jr.
  • Virtual tour only: Wednesday, August 23
  • American Watercolors 1880-1950, with docent Martha McKenna. Looking at the development of styles and techniques in American watercolors, in conjunction with our current exhibition, Watercolors Unboxed.
  • Virtual tour only: Wednesday, June 28

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.