Tours & Class Visits

The Eskenazi Museum of Art offers tours free of charge.

The museum has a very active tour program that serves over 17,500 visitors each year, of which approximately half are children. The museum’s education department can customize a program around various disciplines, themes, issues, and ideas expressed in a class curriculum; over 500 curriculum-structured tours were provided last year. Educators can also arrange special interactive tours of art or architecture on campus, including the famous Thomas Hart Benton murals.

Tours and Programs During the Renovation

While the museum's building is closed for renovation, our education department is offering art-related walking tours of the IU Bloomington campus. We are also offering classroom PowerPoint presentations for area schools and various community organizations, and Teaching through the Visual Arts in-services for area K-12 classroom teachers. To inquire about these programs or schedule a tour please contact the museum's tour manager Patsy Rahn at prahn@indiana.edu

When scheduling a tour, we ask that you keep in mind the following:

  • We need at least two weeks' notice to schedule a guided tour of the collections.
  • We need at least four weeks' notice to schedule customized tours based on themes, issues, and/or ideas in a class's curriculum.
  • We will send you an email to confirm your tour. No tour is regarded as confirmed by the museum's education department without email confirmation.
  • Please call ahead to inform us of any group visit to the galleries.

Please see below for more information, or contact Patsy Rahn, the museum’s tour manager, at prahn@indiana.edu to arrange a tour or schedule a visit.

  • Pre-College Tours

    K-12 Curriculum-Structured Tours

    Curriculum-structured tours with bus transportation (up to $125 per bus) are available for every grade, K-12. The museum’s education department can customize interactive tours around various disciplines, themes, issues, and ideas expressed in a class curriculum, such as science, math, history, geography, biology, literature, art fundamentals, or world religions to name a few.

    Here are just a few tour suggestions currently being offered:

    • Kindergarten: Safari in the Galleries (resource materials in process)
    • Grade 1: Exploring Art through Shape, Color, Line, and Form
    • Grade 2: Introduction to an Art Museum*
    • Grade 3: Communities (resource materials in process)
    • Grade 4: Teaching History through the Thomas Hart Benton Indiana Murals (in cooperation with the IU Auditorium)*
    • Grade 5: The Eskenazi Museum of Art Pictures America Selections from the Morton C. Bradley Collection of American Painting*
    • Grade 6: Images of World Cultures: Western Civilization*
    • Grades 7–8: Images of World Cultures: Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands, and/or Ancient Americas
    • Grades 9–12: Thematic Gallery Sessions Issues of Cultural Diversity, Gender, World Religions, Social Issues
    • Grades 7–12: World Religions Tour

    *Accompanying web module. To view this web module, please see Interact. Resource materials for teachers are available in K-12 Educators.

    Specialized School Programs

    The education department is happy to create a customized, curriculum-structured tour around any theme, issue, or idea to meet specific K-12 classroom needs and can suggest other sites and activities on the IU Bloomington campus to flesh out a full-day field trip.

    Examples of the specialized school programs include our second grade tour program. Since 1982, the museum has partnered with the Monroe County Community Schools to provide a tour program for all second grade classes system-wide. This program serves to introduce second graders to the world of art and the many functions of a museum. The objectives, content, and methods are the result of an on-going dialogue among classroom and art teachers, art education professors and students, museum educators and docents, second graders, and the state standards for second-grade art programs. Bus transportation for this program is made possible through the generosity of museum donors.

    Support for the K-12 Curriculum-Structured Tour Program has been provided by J.R. Stallsmith, AAMS® & Hilliard Lyons, St. John Associates, the Lucienne M. Glaubinger Endowment, and other private donors. Each grade, from kindergarten through high school, participating in this program, receives a customized tour focusing on age-appropriate themes, issues, and ideas outlined by the Indiana Department of Education Standards and Resources.

    We enjoy a challenge! There are dozens of additional tours and programs on file!

  • College Tours

    We invite you to consider the Art Museum in your teaching plans each semester.

    Both educators and individuals interested in viewing objects in storage or in the works-on-paper collection (up to twenty works at a time) may request a viewing of artwork to be held in the museum’s works-on-paper study room. 

    Customized curriculum-based programs are also available for university educators.

  • Public Tours

    The museum also offers a docent-led public tour every Saturday at 2:00 p.m.; a special docent-led thematic tour is offered at 2:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of most months.

    For more information about special events available to the public, please see our calendar.