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Grades 4 through 8

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.

Looking and Learning Skills

During four or five tour stops in the galleries, students engage in activities—such as looking exercises and small-group work—that foster conversations about works of art. On this tour, students will practice the following skills:
• Making and articulating careful observations.
• Formulating questions that demonstrate curiosity and engagement.
• Exploring multiple viewpoints, including that of the artist, the characters/protagonists depicted, and the work’s audience (then and now).
• Comparing and contrasting different visual representations of myths.
• Reasoning with evidence from the artworks themselves.
• Connecting new ideas discussed on the tour to prior knowledge of myths, mythology, and personal experience.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 60 students
Length: 75 minutes for grade 4 through 8
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda

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Important Information

Requests for fall tours (September 26–December 9, 2016) will begin on August 15, 2016.

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 15 students.

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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