Self-Guided Tours

High School and University only

Self-Guided Tours

Teachers may self-guide tours of the galleries provided there is one adult chaperone for each group of 15 students.

Art Recipes: Line, Shape & Color

Visual Arts focused
Recommended for Grades PreK - 2

Art Recipes: Line, Shape & Color

Learn about three important art elements and how artists use them to create a wide variety of flavors and visual treats.

People, Places and Things

Visual Arts focused
Recommended for Grades K - 2

People, Places and Things

During this introductory tour, preschoolers and kindergarteners will explore portraits (people), landscapes (places) and very interesting “things” like painted bathrobes, robot sculptures and art made from assembled toys.

Making Faces: Exploring Portraits

Visual Arts & Social Studies
Recommended for Grades K - 5

Making Faces: Exploring Portraits

Artists have been creating portraits for thousands of years. Learn what those faces can tell us by studying, comparing and contrasting portraits from the museum's collection.

Picturing the Story: Exploring Narrative Artworks

Visual and Language Arts
Recommended for Grades K - 5

Picturing the Story: Exploring Narrative Artworks

Discover your inner storyteller by spinning tales inspired by works that are rich with narrative possibilities.

Earth, Sea and Sky: Exploring Landscapes

Visual Arts and Science
Recommended for Grades 2 - 5

Earth, Sea and Sky: Exploring Landscapes

Identify weather conditions, classify clouds and phases of the moon in landscape paintings and photographs from the collection.

Artistic Angles: Art & Geometry

Visual Arts and Math
Recommended for Grades 2 - 5

Artistic Angles: Art & Geometry

Discover how artists use ideas explored in your math class to create a huge variety of artworks.

In Our Own Backyard: Exploring Ohio Art & Artists

Visual Arts and Social Studies
Recommended for Grades 3 - 12

In Our Own Backyard: Exploring Ohio Art & Artists

Discover the multitude of Ohio artists represented in the Akron Art Museum’s collection and the richness and diversity they bring to the galleries. Docents will introduce your group to the inspired visions of Ohio artists and the ways they depicted the both the urban and rural sides of the Ohio landscape. Highlights include a visit to the gallery dedicated exclusively to the works of William Sommer, one of this region's most important historical artists.

Mod Squad: Exploring Modern Painting and Sculpture

Visual Arts focused
Recommended for Grades 3 - 12

Mod Squad: Exploring Modern Painting and Sculpture

Modern art can be a puzzle. Let our docents help you put the pieces together! Explore works by artists who took painting and sculpture in new directions by using line, shape and color in new and exciting ways.

Building & Highlights: An Introduction to the Akron Art Museum

Visual Arts focused
Recommended for Grades 3 - 12

Building & Highlights: An Introduction to the Akron Art Museum

Explore daring architectural ideas and spaces as docents lead your group through the museum's new and renovated spaces in addition to introducing you to highlights from the collection.

Collection Highlights

Visual Arts focused
Recommended for Grades 3 - 12

Collection Highlights

Sample the treasures currently on view, including turn-of-the-twentieth century realism, American impressionism and electric array of late twentieth-century Pop art, surrealist and post-modern works.

School Tours are made possible by gifts from the Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust, the Haslinger Family Foundation and The Welty Family Foundation.


Schedule a Tour

Tour Coordinator
Gina Thomas McGee
330.376.9186 x247
gThomas@AkronArtMuseum.org

Available Tour Times

  • Tuesdays through Sundays from September until May
  • Wednesdays & Fridays from June until August
  • Start times from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Tours last 45-60 minutes

Group Requirements

  • Minimum 7 students and 1 adult
  • Maximum 60 people
  • Must bring 1 adult chaperone per 15 students

Student Tour Costs

  • Free for students Pre-K through 12
  • Free for a limited number of adult chaperones
  • The museum can cover some trip expenses for schools facing funding challenges