Tours are designed to engage students in critical thinking about art, and to support students to develop visual literacy skills. Students of all ages are invited to explore the rich collection of the Brooks Museum on a tour.

Guided Tour

Trained docents will lead student groups on a focused tour of the museum collection or special exhibition. Teachers can choose the tour which best meets the needs of their students. Tours for all grades (1-12) include a hands-on studio art activity. We recommend Guided Tours as the best way for student groups to experience the museum. Learn more about our lesson plans that are available with Guided Tours.

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours are led by classroom teachers, home school parents, or community leaders. You may schedule a self-guided tour if you do not wish to have a docent guide your tour, if guided tours are not available on the day you plan to visit, or if your students will be carrying out an assignment in the galleries. Self-guided tours are available year-round.


Book a Tour


School tours are sponsored by Kemmons Wilson.

Group size: We can accommodate groups of up to 60 students for one visit. If your group is larger than 60, we will be happy to help you arrange multiple visits.

Cost: Groups of 10 or more students, and their chaperones, receive free admission to the museum.

Chaperones: To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our groups and visitors, we require one chaperone for every 10 students. Please refer to our Chaperone Guidelines.

Tour length: Guided tours are 45 minutes long, as are the hands-on studio art activities, making the whole visit 1 ½ hours in length.

Hours: Guided tours are available Wednesday through Friday, between 10:00 and 2:00. Self-guided tours are available Wednesday through Sunday, during museum hours.

Reservations: All guided and self-guided tours must be scheduled in advance, and reservations are required. Guided tours need to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Preparation: Visit our Learning Resources page to find lessons, activities, and vocabulary that will help prepare your children for getting the most out of the museum. Teach your students museum manners before your visit so that they know what to expect.

Come back to see us! All students who visit the Brooks Museum with their class will receive a family pass to return to the museum for a free visit.

For additional information, please contact the Education Department by email or at 901.544.6215.