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Art Investigators: Faces and Places
Ages 4 to 6, Kindergarten through Grade 3

Tour requests will be accepted from December 6, 2021 to May 2, 2022 for the winter/spring season (January 10 – June 3, 2022).

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. 

Looking and Learning Skills

During four or five tour stops, students engage in activities such as careful-looking exercises, simple art-making activities, and small group work, which foster conversations about works of art. 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
  • becoming familiar with the museum setting

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Virtual Logistical Information

Length: 60 minutes

In-Person Logistical Information

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

"The Railway," 1873, by Édouard Manet

Download poster (PDF 522KB)

In Édouard Manet’s painting The Railway, we find ourselves in the vicinity of the Gare Saint-Lazare train station in 1870s Paris. Manet, a native Parisian, was convinced that art should concern itself with modern life, and he painted the people and places of Paris that he observed firsthand.

The information and activities on the back of the poster encourage looking at, thinking about, and interpreting art. They can be used flexibly and are suitable for small-group or whole-class work.

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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