Tours & Class Visits 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.

Additionally, we are offering classroom PowerPoint presentations for area schools and various community organizations.

The museum can also provide Teaching through the Visual Arts in-services for area K–12 classroom teachers. 

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

  • We need at least three weeks' notice to schedule an in-class tour or a campus tour.
  • We will send you an email confirming your tour. A tour is not confirmed by the museum's education department without this email.

Our tours are always free, and we can provide bus funds for K–12 classes. To book a tour or for inquiries, email the museum’s tour manager, Patsy Rahn, at prahn@indiana.edu.

  • K-12 Tours

    In the Classroom:

    Our docents will travel to your classroom and present a PowerPoint tour using our “Looking & Talking” technique to engage students in discussing works of art in the museum’s collection. At this time the classroom presentations are limited to the Monroe County area.

    2nd grade tourIntroduction to an Art Museum. For the 2nd grade visits, we will bring a special education gift for the teacher and students—a canvas bag with original museum design for the teacher, and newly designed coloring books and colored pencils for students.

    Any gradeHighlights of the Eskenazi Museum of Art, empowering students to engage with art and participate in active discussion.

    Teachers’ In-Service Workshops: A docent will demonstrate how teachers can use art in the classroom to enhance discussions around various disciplines, themes, and issues.

    On Campus:

    4th grade tour: Thomas Hart Benton murals at the IU Auditorium focusing on Indiana history.

    6th grade tour:  Art and Architecture walking tour of the IU Bloomington campus, from the Showalter Fountain Arts Plaza through the Old Crescent area by Dunn Woods.

    We continue to provide school bus funds of up to $125 per bus for an on-campus tour. There is a maximum of two buses per visit.

    To book a tour or for inquiries, email tour manager, Patsy Rahn, at prahn@indiana.edu.

    Did you know?

    The art museum has a long history of an active tour program. Last year we served more than 17,500 visitors, of which approximately half are children.

    Since 1982, the museum has partnered with Monroe County Community Schools to provide a tour program for all second-grade classes system-wide. This program introduces second graders to the world of art and to 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 is made possible through the generosity of museum donors.

  • College Tours

    Art and Architecture walking tour of the IU Bloomington campus, from the Showalter Fountain Arts Plaza through the Old Crescent around Dunn Woods.

    Thomas Hart Benton murals at the IU Auditorium, IU Cinema, and Woodburn Hall 100. Scheduling is limited to location availability.

    Thomas Hart Benton murals and outdoor campus art. This tour stays in the Showalter Fountain Arts Plaza area.

    To book a tour or for inquiries, email tour manager, Patsy Rahn, at prahn@indiana.edu.

  • Public Tours

    Art and Architecture walking tour of the IU Bloomington campus, from the Showalter Fountain Arts Plaza through the Old Crescent around Dunn Woods.

    Thomas Hart Benton murals at the IU Auditorium, IU Cinema, and Woodburn Hall 100. Scheduling is limited to location availability.

    Thomas Hart Benton murals and outdoor campus art. This tour stays in the Showalter Fountain Arts Plaza area.

    Highlight tour presentation for your organization, group, or adult class. 

    To book a tour or for inquiries, email tour manager, Patsy Rahn, at prahn@indiana.edu.