Tacoma Art Museum: School Tour Program

The Tacoma Art Museum’s guided and self-guided school tours provide students with an in-depth exploration of a specific current exhibition and relevant, accompanying art concepts. A two-hour tour can accommodate up to sixty students with an interactive gallery visit and a hands-on art lesson. Pre- and post-visit curriculum guides containing images, lesson plans, and background information will help teachers prepare their students for the museum visit and integrate the museum experience into the classroom curriculum.

Location: Tacoma Art Museum
Cost: $4 per student for guided tour, $3 per student for self-guided tour
Website: http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/page.aspx?hid=139
Contact Info: (253) 722-2455

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