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Art Investigators: Faces and Places

Ages 4 to 6, Kindergarten through Grade 3

The National Gallery of Art will offer a selection of in-person and virtual tours (using Zoom) for fall 2022.

Requests for all tours (October 3 – December 2) will be accepted from August 1 – November 4, 2022

As "art investigators," students will look for clues and use their imaginations to explore portraits, landscapes, and scenes of everyday life. During this interactive tour, students will engage in careful-looking, simple art-making, and small group work to foster connections to art.

Looking and Learning Skills

During four or five tour stops, the following skills are promoted:

  • Observing, describing, and sharing ideas about the works of art.
  • Developing interpretations about art by drawing on clues, prior knowledge, and imagination.
  • Making personal connections to work of art.
  • Feeling a sense of belonging in the museum setting.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Virtual Tour Information

Length: 60 minutes

In-Person Tour Information

Group Size: Up to 90 students
Length: 60 minutes
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda

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 an email confirmation in 10 business days.

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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