Grades 9–12

American Art

How does art send messages about a nation and its identity? During this tour, students explore the historical and cultural connections in works of American art.

Every Picture Tells a Story

Paintings are more than just pictures in a frame—they are unfolding stories with multiple perspectives. During this tour, students will learn to "read" works of art by identifying characters, setting, and plot, and by creating dialogue.

French Art

This tour gives students a taste of French art and explores a variety of themes, such as artistic styles, portraits of historical figures, scenes from everyday life, and images of patronage and power.


Which significant episode or moment in a mythological story did an artist choose to depict, and why? This tour unravels Greek and Roman myths, which artists through the ages have depicted with great drama and imagination.

Renaissance Art

Students will explore such artistic developments as perspective and the naturalistic representation of the human figure, and how these stylistic changes were influenced by scientific discovery and the rise of humanism.

Sculpture and Sketching

From figurative bronzes and marble carvings to objects that challenged conventional ideas about sculpture, students investigate materials and techniques as well as the works' subjects and functions.

Spanish Art

Students explore and compare the style, subject matter, and technique of artists ranging from El Greco to Picasso.

The Spanish Art tour will be offered February 17 through May 29, 2015.

Schedule a Tour

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 10 students.

Please complete this form to request a tour.

Once your tour has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation letter via mail in 10 business days (14 days for foreign-language tours).

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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