Types of Student Tours

Guided school tours will be offered Tuesday through Friday from September 19, 2017, to May 25, 2018. 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  Recommended for grades 4–12; 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 19–May 25, 2018.

Laura Owens  Recommended for grades 4–12; limited to 30 students per hour. For more than twenty years, artist Laura Owens has pioneered an innovative—and at times controversial—approach to painting that has made her one of the most influential artists of her generation. Laura Owens, the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s 20 year career, will feature over 60 paintings and objects from the mid-1990s until today. Tours offered April 3–May 25, 2018.

The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana  Recommended for grades 4–12; limited to 30 students per hour. The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana, inspired by works in the DMA’s collection and featuring objects from public and private collections, reveals the splendor of Asante regalia, much of which is made of gold. Tours offered April 24–May 25, 2018.

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins  Due to limited capacity, groups will not be able to tour this exhibition, whether docent-guided or self-guided. 

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 2017-2018

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 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:

  • 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 20th-century Europe.
  • The Classical World  Limited to 30 students per hour. Ancient Greece and Rome.
  • Arts of the Ancient World  Limited to 45 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.
  • 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.

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.