Types of Student Tours

Guided school tours will be offered Tuesday through Friday from September 22, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Tours begin on the hour starting at 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

Special Exhibition Tours

Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art  Recommended for grades 4–12; limited to 45 students per hour. The DMA's first exhibition of art from the rarely shown and internationally renowned Keir Collection of Islamic Art, Spirit and Matter presents a selection of over fifty masterworks in various mediums and explores thirteen centuries of Islamic art making across three continents, from Spain to Central Asia. Tours offered September 22, 2015–May 27, 2016.

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty  Recommended for grades 4–12; limited to 45 students per hour. Irving Penn is one of the best-known American photographers of the 20th century. In a career that spanned almost seventy years, he worked on professional and artistic projects across multiple genres. He was a master of black-and-white and color photography and was key to the revival of platinum printing in the 1960s and 1970s. Tours offered April 26–May 27, 2016.

*Please note that some of the content in this exhibition may not be appropriate for some students. Our docents are aware of artworks that contain nudity and will do their best to avoid questionable material. 

Docent-Guided Tour Topics for 2015-2016

Kindergarten–6th 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 1-2nd grade; limited to 60 students per hour. Explore people and places in art through stories, clues, and gallery activities. If your school is within Dallas city limits, we recommend that you follow this Museum visit with a related Go van Gogh program in your classroom.
  • Stories in Art  Recommended for 2-3rd 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. 
  • Ideas Take Shape  Recommended for 6th grade; limited to 90 students per hour. Travel the globe as you look at the ways in which diverse peoples and cultures communicate their values and beliefs.

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

  • Past to Present: 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 45 students per hour. 17th- to 20th- century United States.
  • Arts of Europe  Limited to 60 students per hour. Classical times to the 20th century Europe.
  • The Classical World  Limited to 30 students per hour. Ancient Greece and Rome.
  • Arts of the Ancient World  Limited to 30 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. 
  • Arts of Africa  Limited to 30 students per hour.
  • Arts of Asia  Limited to 30 students per hour.
  • Arts of the Pacific  Limited to 30 students per hour.
  • Contemporary Art  Limited to 60 students per hour. 1945 to the present.
  • Collection Highlights  Limited to 60 students per hour. Treasures throughout the Museum's collections.

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.

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. 

If you are interested in bringing your students to see a paid exhibition for free, you must request this on your original self-guided form 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.