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School Tours

Beginning October 7, self-guided groups of 10 to 20 students or youth may visit the permanent collection, Wednesday through Friday at designated hours. Smaller groups do not need a reservation but do need free timed tickets. One adult chaperon for every 5 students is required. During your visit please divide into groups of 5 students and stay in separate galleries, following the arrows on the floor.

First, order your free student group tickets, including those for your required chaperons. After your student group tickets are confirmed, complete the Self-Guided Student Group Request Form.

Free special exhibition tickets may be ordered for groups of 10 to 20 students on a school-sponsored field trip. Availability is limited by capacity restrictions. To inquire, call (919) 664-6820 or email Jen Coon.

As part of your planning, please review our current health and safety measures. Wearing a cloth mask is required for the duration of your visit.

Are you ready for your upcoming visit? To be sure, please read the checklist for self-guided groups.

Please refer to the information above for our current offerings for student visits. Guided tours are not available at this time. The information below refers to pre-COVID 19 policies.


Come explore the NCMA collection or a special exhibition on a guided tour with a volunteer docent to discuss and experience selected works of art. Docents facilitate conversations with students from looking to understanding. Talk with Museum staff or reserve a tour now with our Tour Request Form.

Learn more about the tour programs below.

School Tours of the Permanent Collection

Guided tours for groups of over 40 are booked to capacity through April 2020 for the permanent collection. Groups of less than 40 should inquire about availability before filling out the Tour Request Form, so they have a sense of what is viable. Please call Jen Coon at (919) 664-6820; leave a message if necessary. If planning further in advance, please consider the following tour options:

  • Collection Connection (K–college)
  • Parts of Art (K–2, maximum of 100 students)
  • Look Here! (Grades 3–5, maximum of 100 students)
  • Forces of Nature (Grades 3–5, maximum of 100 students)
  • Considering Characters (Grades 3–5, maximum of 100 students)
  • Patterns in African Art (K–5, maximum of 40 students)
  • Making Math Artistic (Grades 6–8, maximum of 60 students)
  • Faces, Figures, and Forms (Grades 6–12, maximum of 40 students)
  • Ancient Cultures (Grades 6–8, maximum of 40 students)
  • What Is Art? (Grades 9–12, maximum of 60 students)
  • The Power of Art (Grades 9–12, maximum of 50 students)

Self Guided Group Visit

We appreciate all schools and youth groups notifying the Museum so we can avoid crowded galleries. To schedule a self-guided visit, fill out the Tour Request Form and select “self-guided.”

Fill out the online scheduling form today to request your tour!