School Groups (PreK–12)

PreK-12 learners are equipped with an openness and creativity that allows for deep connections with art. A school visit to the Worcester Art Museum has the potential to create lifelong museum-lovers. We invite you to book a guided visit led by Museum docents or a self-guided visit, which allows you to lead your students through the Museum.

Reservations are required for all groups visiting the Museum and must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

Tours run during the Museum’s open hours 10 am-4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

Book Your Visit

To coordinate and reserve your visit, contact the Tour Programs Coordinator at 508-793-4338 or grouptours@worcesterart.org at least three weeks in advance.

Information to Include:
  • Preferred dates and times for tour.
  • Tour topic or goals you wish to achieve while on your visit – we will work with you!
  • Number of students, grade level, mobility needs and learning styles.
Admission Fees
Self-GuidedFree
Guided (includes general admission)$5 per student
Worcester Public School studentsFree
Chaperones *Free

* One chaperone required for every 5 preschoolers and every 10 PreK-12 students.

Workshops & Demonstration Add-On Fees
Gallery/Studio Workshops$10 per student
Arms & Armor Presentation$5
ChaperonesFree

Chaperones are responsible for supervising students during their museum visit.

Guided tours for groups of ten or more are generally one hour in length unless otherwise requested. A maximum of 80 students per visit is recommended.

Designing Your Tour

Visit our permanent collections and special exhibitions with museum-trained docents as your guides! Explore the history of visual arts and their link to language arts, history, social science, mathematics, and other disciplines. Our tours are designed to assist students of all ages to experience and enjoy art.

Add art to your STEM curriculum with a STEAM tour or let us design a tour on a topic of your choice. Popular topics include American Art and Culture; Animals in Art; Arts of Asia; Echoes of Antiquity; Medieval and Renaissance; or Museum Discovery.

Scholarships

Group Tour Scholarships are available for schools in need of financial assistance. Interested groups should complete the Tour Scholarship Request Form and submit it to the Group Tour Coordinator.

Workshops & Presentations

Combine your tour with an Art Studio Workshop or an Arms and Armor Presentation… or both!

Art Studio Workshops

Enhance your visit with an art making experience. The Museum’s Studio Art Faculty will lead your group in a workshop creating with clay, paint, collage materials, printmaking supplies, or other materials. Workshops are designed with your specific interests and objectives in mind. Options may include Greek Pottery; Egyptian Cartouches; Illuminated Letters; Aluminum Tooling; Roman Mosaics; Portraiture; Landscape Painting; and more!

Arms and Armor Presentation

Enhance your visit to the Museum’s Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance galleries with an arms and armor presentation. Themed presentations are led by a costumed interpreter and include Medieval Armor, Roman Soldier, The Viking Age, 14th-Century Knight, and The Gothic Knight.
Presentations run 45-60 minutes.


Education programs at the Worcester Art Museum are supported by the George I. Alden Trust Assistant Director of Education Fund, George I. Alden Trust Docent Education Fund, Booth Family Fund for Education and Outreach at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Isabel Baker Carleton Memorial Fund, Burrow Movie Fund, Martha A. Cowan Fund at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Dorothy Frances Cruikshank Education Fund, Docent Education Fund, David Freelander Memorial Education Fund, Nehemias Gorin Foundation Fund, Nathan and Barbara Greenberg Discovery Fund, Nathan and Barbara Greenberg Fund for Education, Amelia and Robert H. Haley Memorial Lecture Fund, Hiatt FAME Fund, Christian A. Johnson Discovery Fund, The Christian A. Johnson Resource Center Fund, Bernard G. and Louise B. Palitz Fund, Susan Ella Reed-Lawton Fund, Arthur J. Remillard, Jr. Youth Education Fund, Romanoff Education and Library Fund, Norman and Dorothy Sharfman Education Fund, Ethel M. Smith Education Fund, Spear Fund for Public Programs, Stoddard Discovery Fund, Alice Eliza Waite Memorial Fund, Worcester Art Society, and the Worcester Educational Development Foundation.