Guided Tours

Guided Tours for Adults

Adults in a gallery

A guided tour with a WAM docent

Docent-led group tours are available anytime during museum hours (some exceptions apply) but must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

Guided Tours for Student Groups

Interior view of a group of students looking at prints on the wall

A school group tour in 2019

Bringing a group of students to WAM? There’s no admission charge for student groups visiting the museum, either on a self-guided or docent-led tour. 

Guided, group tours for grades K-12 can be tailored to the needs of individual groups and last one hour. Before your visit, be sure to preview our museum manners with your students.

Docent-Led Tour Topics

  • Learning to Look (Grades K–6)

    Participate in interactive discussion through the galleries as students learn about basic elements of art, narrative ideas, historical context, and an introduction to looking at a work of art in depth.

    Photo of the colorful, large-scale Chihuly Chandelier in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall with small, white lights hanging from the ceiling around it and large windows in the background
  • American Portraits (Grades 4-12/adults)

    Students will take an exploration of American portraiture by looking at WAM’s collection as well as special touring exhibitions. How do artists represent the world around them? How do artists choose to show people and create narrative?

    Photo of the museum's galleries showcasing the permanent collection, including six paintings and one multi-media sculpture
  • Sculptures Inside and Out (Grades 3–12/adults)

    Explore concepts such as shape, scale, space, and texture by viewing sculptures in WAM’s galleries and outside in the Art Garden. There are sculptures around every corner including works such art-world greats as Henry Moore to Tom Otterness and Dale Chihuly.

    Photo of two large metal sculptures surrounded by green grass and green bushes
  • Spaces and Places (Grades 4-12/adults)

    Students will tour WAM’s collection of American depictions of the land, cities, and seas—and special touring exhibitions. This tour will incorporate several exhibitions and various artists for a broad look into themes of the land and environment.

    Group of seven younger students sitting on the floor in a gallery, in front of two paintings. An older, white-haired woman stands in front of them, one hand outstretched toward the group and the other pointing toward the artwork on the wall beside her.
  • American Voices (Grades 5-12/adults)

    Discuss themes of personal and cultural identity through using artwork to generate conversation and inquiry. Artists give us a unique window into American life, reflecting the personal, cultural, social, and political climate of the time in which they work. This tour will incorporate both the WAM collections as well as special exhibitions to delve deeper into artwork that address the themes of American identity.

    Two girls and an adults standing in front of an artwork on a gallery wall. The two girls are pointing to the artwork.
  • American Art and WAM (Grades 9-12/adults)

    An introductory exploration of WAM’s American art collections. This tour explores some of the major art movements and their practitioners.
    Topics include colonial portraiture, 19th-century landscape painting, early modernism, regionalism, abstract expressionism, and contemporary glass.

    Woman with white hair and arms outstretched in front of a group of teenage students. Girl in the front has short, dark hair and clasps a notebook to her chest. Her mouth is open in an O-shape.