Types of Student Tours

Guided school tours will be offered Tuesday through Friday from September 18, 2018, to May 24, 2019. Tours begin on the hour starting at 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.


Special Exhibition Tours

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art  Limited to 30 students per hour. The long-term installation will showcase over 100 works from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, which is recognized by scholars as one of the most geographically and historically comprehensive of its kind. The collection spans three continents and 13 centuries of Islamic cultural production and includes masterworks in various mediums—from rock crystal to metalwork, ceramics, textiles, carpets, and works on paper. Tours offered September 18–May 24, 2019.

An Enduring Legacy: The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art  Limited to 30 students per hour. This exhibition is dedicated to the single largest benefactors in the Museum's history, the late Margaret and Eugene McDermott, who were visionary patrons of the arts, education, and healthcare in Dallas. An Enduring Legacy presents their final bequest of 32 19th- and early 20th-century artworks to The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund to benefit the DMA. The bequest includes works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, and many others. Tours offered September 18February 15, 2019.

Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art  Limited to 30 students per hour. This exhibition examines American culture from the 1910s to the Second World War and reveals how the American love affair with new technology and mechanization shaped architecture, design, and the visual culture of the United States. This tour-de-force presentation includes key paintings by American Precisionists such as Charles Sheeler, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Demuth, and iconic works by the masters of straight photography such as Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, and Edward Steichen. Tours offered September 25–January 4, 2019.

Günther Förg: A Fragile Beauty  Limited to 30 students per hour. This exhibition will survey the prolific and provocative career of the late artist Günther Förg (1952-2013). Förg was closely associated with the Cologne scene of the 1980s, a group of irreverent artists who challenged the traditions of painting. This exhibition will bring renewed attention to Förg’s work by examining his legacy in relation to key issues of the 20th century, including postwar nostalgia and loss and the utopianism of high modernism. Tours offered November 6–January 25, 2019.

Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow  Limited to 30 students per hour. Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe was recognized as a gifted artist during her life, but her efforts were overshadowed by those of her famous older sister, Georgia. This exhibition brings to light rediscovered works by Ida O’Keeffe, revealing that she crafted an artistic identity that was distinct, in style and subject matter, from that of her celebrated sibling. It will showcase for the first time approximately 50 of her works, including paintings, watercolors, prints, and drawings, along with photographs of the artist taken by Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia’s husband. Tours offered November 27–February 22, 2019.

Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist  Limited to 30 students per hour. This international exhibition is dedicated to one of the founding members of the French Impressionist movement, Berthe Morisot. It will focus on the artist's treatment of the modern figure through approximately 60 paintings from public and private collections around the world. Tours offered March 5–May 24, 2019.

If you are interested in bringing your students to see a paid exhibition for free, you must request this on your original form (either docent-guided or self-guided) at least three weeks before your requested date. With less than three weeks' notice, students will have to pay the ticket price to visit a special exhibition.

Docent-Guided Tour Topics for 2018-2019

Kindergarten–5th Grade Visits:

  • Recipes for Art  Recommended for K–1st grade; limited to 45 students per hour. Learn how artists use line, shape, and color as their "recipe" to create endless varieties of art. Tours include multisensory activities, sketching, stories, movement, and more.
  • Me and My World  Recommended for 1st-2nd grade; limited to 60 students per hour. Explore people and places in art through stories, clues, and gallery activities. 
  • Stories in Art  Recommended for 2nd-3rd grade; limited to 60 students per hour. Have fun learning to "read" stories in art from a variety of times and places.
  • A Looking Journey  Recommended for 4th grade; limited to 90 students per hour. Take an interactive journey throught the magical world of art by looking carefully, thinking critically, and paying attention to what you feel.
  • Arts of the Americas  Recommended for 5th grade; limited to 90 students per hour. Explore the arts of ancient American peoples, American Indian cultures, the Spanish and British colonies, and modern Mexico and the United States. 

Museum Collection Visits; Recommended for 4th-12th grade:

  • Arts of Mexico and Central and South America  Limited to 45 students per hour. Ancient times to the 20th century.
  • Ancient American Art  Limited to 45 students per hour. Ancient art from Mexico and Central and South America.
  • Colonial to Modern American Art  Limited to 60 students per hour. 17th- to 20th-century United States.
  • Arts of Europe  Limited to 60 students per hour. Classical times to 20th-century Europe.
  • Arts of the Ancient World  Limited to 60 students per hour. Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Asia, and the Americas.
  • Arts of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific  Limited to 90 students per hour. Ancient to 20th-century Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. 
  • Contemporary Art  Limited to 60 students per hour. 1945 to the present.
    • Please note: the Contemporary Art tour will not be available until after Spring Break.

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)  Limited to 90 students per hour.  
  • Collection Highlights  Limited to 90 students per hour. Treasures throughout the Museum's collection.

Special Education Visit

The DMA offers guided tours for special education classes and groups with special needs. Trained Access Docents guide groups through a one-hour tour of the Museum's collection, utilizing multisensory activities that foster an inclusive learning environment meant to engage a range of abilities. Limited to 30 students per hour.

K-12 Self-Guided Visits

The Museum provides opportunities for self-guided groups to independently explore the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. Teachers are encouraged to visit the Museum prior to their student group visit, as galleries and the artworks on view change throughout the year. Self-guided visits are available year-round during regular Museum hours only: Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; closed Mondays.

Please note, some Museum programs take place in the galleries. If your group plans to visit a gallery space where a public program is scheduled or underway, we ask that your group please return to that gallery after the program is over.