School Tours

Walk-in ToursCheck out our NEW student guide for our Through the Lens exhibition.

7th-12th grade
Interactive, inquiry-based tours that encourage active looking, critical thinking and dialogue. Skilled docents use learner-centered questioning and hands-on activities to immerse students in the art that they experience in the museum collection. 

Two weeks’ notice is required to book a tour.

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

School tours are FREE, one hour and 15 minutes in length and are available for grades 3-12.

If your school is a school-wide Title 1 School, you may be eligible to receive a $200 stipend to offset trip-related expenses.
Incentive Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Due to upcoming construction to the museum, the 2015-2016 school years will be experiencing scheduling changes.

Beginning August 1, 2015:

  • We will be no longer offer “All Day Visits” due to limited space. School groups may come for one workshop or one tour a day.
  • Tours will be offered at 10:15 am, 11:15 am or 12:15 pm. Please schedule accordingly.
  • Teacher-Led Groups are highly discouraged.

The following tours will NOT be available due to construction:

  • Chinese Collection Tour August 1st – May 31st
  • Secondary Explorations A: August 1st – May 31st
  • Tomb Treasures: January 1st – May 31st

“Inside Reserved Lunch Spots” are unavailable due to limited space.

  • Groups are welcome to eat lunch outside on the South Lawn without reservation.
  • Groups who purchase lunch through Rozzelle Court will be permitted to eat inside at Rozzelle court.

School Box Lunch Menu
Contact events@nelson-atkins.org to reserve lunches for your group. All orders must be placed two weeks prior to the school tour.

Beginning January 1, 2016, School Tours will only be available on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Visitor Guidelines (PDF)


HIGHLIGHT TOURS
Art is Elementary – A (includes Impressionist art)
Grades 3-5
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Art is Elementary – B
Grades 3-5
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Secondary Explorations B
Grades 6-12
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COLLECTION TOURS
Ancient Odysseys
Grades 6-12
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Beyond the Buffalo: American Indian Collection
Grades 3-8
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French Collection Tour
Grades 6-12
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German Collection Tour
Grades 6-12
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Spanish Collection Tour
Grades 6-12
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Tomb Treasures: Collections of Egypt and China
Grades 5-12
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THEMATIC TOURS
Write Way to Art – American Collection
Grades 3-12
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Write Way to Art – European Collection
Grades 3-12
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FEATURED EXHIBITION TOURS
Reflecting Class in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer
Grades 7-12
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TEACHER LED TOURS
Teacher Led Tour–General
Grades 3-12
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Through the Lens: Visions of African American Experience, 1950-1970
Download Student Guide
Grades 7-12
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School Tours are made possible in part by Sprint and Blue Cross Blue Shield.