Docent-led group tours are available anytime during museum hours (some exceptions apply) but must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Click here to fill out the Tour Request Form.
Guided, group tours for all grade levels can be tailored to the needs of individual groups and last one hour. Click here to fill out the Tour Request Form.
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.
Docent-Led Tour Topics
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.
Sculptures in the Art Garden (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 weather-permitting; outdoor tours are not offered in late October, November, December, January, February and early March.
American Portraits (Grades 4 -12/adults)
Students will take an exploration of American Portraiture by looking at WAM's permanent collections as well as special touring exhibitions. How do artists represent the world around them? How do artists choose to show people and create narrative?
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 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.
American Art at WAM (Grades 9–12/adults)
An introductory exploration of the museum's American art collection. This tour explores some of the major art movements and their practitioners. Topics may include colonial portraiture, 19th-century landscape painting, early modernism, regionalism, abstract expressionism and contemporary glass.