Kindergarten–Grade 3

Art Investigators

As "art investigators," students will look for clues, to help them understand works of art, 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.

Faces and Places

Explore portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes, and learn about people and places from the past. They will be encouraged to form their own interpretations using evidence found in works of art.

Nature in Art

If you could step into a landscape, what would you hear or feel? This tour explores how artists depict the natural world and invites students to use their imaginations while exploring art and themes of nature.

Every Picture Tells a Story
(Grade 3 and up)

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 imaginatively creating dialogue inspired b characters in the works of art.

Schedule a Tour

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 15 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 Spanish-language tours).

Pre-Visit Information

Watch a video (grades 1-4) or download a presentation (grades 4-12) (PPT, 4MB) to show your students what to expect on their tour. Please review 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 (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249 or

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.


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