Docent-led group tours are available anytime during museum hours (some exceptions apply) but must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Please fill out the Tour Request Form at the bottom of the page.
What may visitors do and not do while they're on a museum tour? Click here to download Museum Manners for Adults.
Guided, group tours for all grade levels can be tailored to the needs of individual groups and last 45 minutes minutes for grades K through 2 and one hour for grades 3 through 12.
Bringing a group of students to WAM? There's no admission charge for student groups visiting the museum, either on a self-guided or docent-led tour.
100% bus reimbursement also is available. Download the Bus Reimbursement Form here.
What may students do and not do while they're on a museum tour? Click here to download Museum Manners for Students.
Learning to Look (Grades K–6)
Participate in interactive discussion through the collections as students learn about basic elements of art, narrative ideas, historical context, and an introduction to looking at a work of art in depth.
Art Garden Sculptures (Grades 3–12/adults)
Explore concepts such as shape, scale, space, and texture by viewing sculptures in WAM’s Art Garden. There are sculptures around every twist and bend including such art world greats as work by Henry Moore to Tom Otterness. Discover the museum’s wonderful outdoor space. NOTE: This tour is seasonal and weather-permitting.
The Lands Near and Far (Grades 4–12/adults)
Students will tour WAM’s permanent collection of American depictions of the land, cities, and seas--and special touring exhibitions. This tour will incorporate several exhibitions and various artists for a broad look into themes of the land and environment.
American Identity (Grades 5–12/adults)
Discuss themes of personal, cultural, and national identity using artwork to generate conversation and inquiry. Artists give us a unique window on American life, reflecting the cultural, social, and political climate of the time in which they work. This tour will incorporate both the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions.
200 Years of American Art (Grades 9–12/adults)
A look at the development of American art and the history of WAM's founders and collection. This tour explores some of the major art movements and their practitioners. Topics include colonial portraiture, 19th-century landscape painting, American impressionism, early modernism, regionalism, and abstract expressionism.
School Field Trip Guide - 2018-2019 Academic Year
Educators: Discover what the Wichita Art Museum can offer your students! Schedule your free, guided museum tour today. All class levels/disciplines are welcome, plus WAM offers 100% bus reimbursement.
Click here to download your PDF copy of the 2018-2019 School Field Trip Guide.
Additional Tour Add-On Options - Enhance the Tour Experience
Looking for extra ways to spark creativity while at WAM? Try a special hands-on activity to expand learning. Students roll up their sleeves and experiment with media, techniques, and concepts of art in projects linked to their gallery tour experience. Materials cost is $5 per student.
To learn more about how you can schedule these additional components or discuss more creative ways for students to engage learning at WAM, please contact Courtney Spousta, curator of education: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit a Tour Request Form
Docent-led tours are available during museum hours and must be scheduled three weeks in advance. Fill out the Tour Request Form below:
Guidelines for all tours:
One adult chaperone is required for every ten students throughout the Museum. Kindergarten groups should have one adult for every five children. In order to ensure a quality experience for the groups, chaperones are asked not to bring preschool aged children. Tour contact people will receive a handout by mail called "Museum Manners" that details acceptable behavior for groups and individuals in the art museum. Chaperones and students must all be informed of the rules before arriving for the tour. Chaperones are responsible for their students' behavior and enforcing a proper code of conduct.
In the Galleries
WAM can provide clipboards and pencils for writing in the galleries, just request these before you arrive. No pens, markers, or any wet writing medium is allowed in the galleries.
Food, drink, and chewing gum are also not allowed in the galleries. While WAM does not have a lunchroom for school groups, students may bring sack lunches to eat outside on the Museum grounds. Lunches and any large bags or backpacks will need to be left in vehicles or checked in the cloakroom upon entering.
Please do not run or jump in the galleries, for your safety and that of the art.
Discussion and talking is encouraged in the Museum, but keep in mind that it is a place of contemplation and learning, so voices should be kept at a respectful level.
For Guided Tours
A docent will call you before your visit to reconfirm the date, time, and content of the tour, and to determine a final count. On the day of the tour, have students wear name tags. Your guide is there to educate and inspire the group, but it is the chaperones’ duty to make sure children use proper museum manners.
Be prompt! Docents will wait no longer than 30 minutes for a tardy group. Remember, docents are volunteers who give selflessly of their time to share their passion and knowledge, so treat them with respect. If you must cancel a visit, please do so by calling the education department as far in advance as possible so the docent leader can be notified.