School Tour in Gallery

K-12 Tours

Pre-Visit Video:
Discover and Learn | Your Group Visit to the Nelson-Atkins

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is pleased to present a NEW series of interactive, inquiry-based tours that encourage active looking, critical thinking and dialogue. Skilled docents will use Visual Thinking Strategies, learner-centered questioning and hands-on activities to immerse students in the art that they experience in the museum collection.

School groups may visit the Museum on their own. All teacher-led tours must be scheduled three weeks in advance. Visit Teacher-led Tours for more information.

Accepting tour and workshop requests for 2015/2016 starting Aug 1.

To learn more about the school tours we offer, choose from the list below.

Highlight Tours: an introductory experience
3-5 Art is Elementary - A
3-5 Art is Elementary - B
6-12 Secondary Explorations A
6-12 Secondary Explorations B
Collection Tours: explore a specific area of the Museum
3-12 American Collection Tour
3-8 Beyond the Buffalo: American Indian Collection
6-12 French Collection Tour
3-12 Medieval/Renaissance Collection Tour
6-12 Spanish Collection Tour
5-12 Tomb Treasures: Collections of Egypt and China
Thematic Tours: exeriences that link collections
3-12 Write Way to Art - American Collection
3-12 Write Way to Art - European Collection
Teacher Led Tours
3-12 Teacher Led Tour--General
4-5 A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
7-12 World War I and the Rise of Modernism

Using the Common Core State Standards as a foundation, tours are designed to build critical thinking skills while exploring the museum collection.

Highlight Tours are designed to provide students with an introduction to the Museum's overall collections; Collection Tours explore one area of the Museum's collection; Thematic Tours are an experience that link collections and Featured Exhibition Tours bring the Museum’s outstanding collection of art together with magnificent works from private collections and world-renowned art institutions.

School tours are FREE, one hour and 15 minutes in length and are available for grades 2-12.


Rozzelle Court Restaurant offers $7.50 box lunches for school groups. Orders must be placed in advance with Event Planning.

School groups may bring sack lunches and picnic on the grounds of the Kansas City Sculpture Park. Teachers are responsible for making alternate arrangements in inclement weather. There are limited facilities for students who are scheduled for an All-Day Visit to eat sack lunches inside the Museum. Request to eat indoors must be made at the time of registration and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here for a menu of box lunch options

Please note that one adult must accompany every 15 students.
School Tours are made possible in part by Sprint and Blue Cross Blue Shield.



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