Ages 4–6

These hands-on tours introduce the art museum to our youngest learners, cultivating their curiosity and imaginations as they begin their journey of discovering art.

Art Investigators

As "art investigators," students will look for clues, explore artists' choices, and use their imaginations to learn about paintings and sculptures. This tour will introduce students to the museum and show them how to look closely at works of art.

Art Tales: Sky Color

Art Tales is an engaging three-step exploration of works of art. Using the children's book, Sky Color, by Peter H. Reynolds, students are introduced to different themes in a familiar way, followed by an opportunity to connect these themes with art they observe in the galleries. The program culminates with a hands-on experience linking the works of art and themes discussed.

Schedule a Tour

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance.

Requests for winter tours (January 6–June 6, 2014) will be accepted through May 2, 2014.

Tour request form

Pre-Visit Information

Watch a video or download a presentation (PPT, 4MB) to show your students prior to their visit. Review our museum policies, location, parking, accessibility, security, lunch options, and other important visitor information.


Our tour scheduler, Jennifer Cross, is available to answer questions Monday through Wednesday between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249 or

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.


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