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Kindergarten–Grade 3

Art Investigators: Faces and Places

As “art investigators,” students will look for clues to help them understand portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes, and learn about people and places from the past. This tour will introduce students to the museum and show them how to look closely at works of art. 

Art Investigators: Modern Art

As “art investigators,” students will look for clues, explore artists’ choices, and use their imaginations to learn about modern and contemporary art. This tour will introduce students to the museum and the basic elements of art. 

Art Tales: Not a Box

Art Tales is a tour designed for the Gallery’s youngest learners. This tour includes the reading of Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, exploration of two works of art, and an art-making experience.

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 by characters in the 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.

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 e-mail in 10 business days (14 days for Spanish-language tours).

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 is available to answer questions on Monday through Wednesday between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249 [email protected].

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.

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