Docent-guided tours make cross-curricular connections while developing skills for looking at, describing art, thinking deeply and making connections to works of art. Students use inquiry, critical thinking skills, and close looking to explore the meaning of art in different cultures.

Guided tours are fully booked for the 2017–18 academic year. If you would like your school group to visit the Museum, please request a self-guided visit

If you have any questions about guided tours, e-mail for more information. 

Guided Tours for Ticketed Exhibitions

School groups receive discounted admission to ticketed exhibitions. Rates may vary depending on the exhibition. Payment must be received 7 days prior to the scheduled tour date. Acceptable forms of payment include credit card or check. Refunds cannot be issued.

How to Prepare for Your Visit

Please review the following important documents before your visit.

  • Tour FAQs 
    Includes information on where to drop off and park, and eat lunch, photography permissions, late arrivals, cancellations, and more.
  • Chaperone tip sheets

Getting the Most Out of Your Museum Visit

Preparing your students for their Museum visit, being active in designing the visit, and reflecting back on the visit in the classroom maximize the experience for students' learning.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from MD Anderson Cancer Center; Mitra Mujica-Margolis and Michael Margolis; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mercantil Bank; Mr. William J. Hill; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Sharon G. Dies; The Powell Foundation; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.