Take student learning beyond the classroom walls, and explore fifty-one centuries of art and culture at the Worcester Art Museum! Our world-renowned permanent collection and special exhibitions will open doors to a deeper understanding of human history and creativity while supporting a wide range of subject areas. Plan a visit for you and your students, and discover all that the Museum has to offer!
Our tours are tailored to meet your specific needs and interests. With options for broad overviews or specialized themes, a Worcester Art Museum tour will support and enrich your curriculum. Our trained and dedicated volunteer docents use a variety of teaching styles to develop visual and critical thinking skills. The many options for your tour include special exhibitions; highlights of the WAM collection; introduction to an art museum; STEAM; the art and culture of historic eras and peoples; cross-cultural connections; and Visual Thinking Strategies discussion tours.
Tours are run during the Museum's open hours 10am-4pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Scheduling a Tour
Please contact our Tour Program Coordinator at least 3 weeks in advance to book a tour. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508.793.4338.
Information needed when booking a tour:
- Preferred dates and times for tour
- Tour topic or goals you wish to achieve while on your visit – we will work with you!
- Number of students, grade level, special needs
- Tours typically last one hour, but can be lengthened or shortened upon request
- Guided tours are available for groups of 8 or more
- We recommend a maximum of 80 students per visit
- Tours start from the Lancaster Street Welcome Center
- Self-guided visits are welcome, but reservations are required
- WAM is not responsible for transportation
- Preschool: one chaperone is required for every five preschoolers
- K-12: One chaperone for every ten students
- Chaperones are responsible for supervising students during their museum visit
Add More to Your Visit
Taught by Museum instructors, follow your guided tour with a hands-on experience in clay, paint, collage, printmaking, or other materials. Workshops are designed with your specific interests and objectives in mind. Options include Greek Pottery; Egyptian Cartouches; Illuminated Letters; Aluminum Tooling; Roman Mosaics; Portraiture; Landscape Painting; or Abstraction.
Arms and Armor Presentations
Since 2014, the Worcester Art Museum has incorporated Arms and Armor from the Higgins Armory Collection into its collection. Enhance your visit to the Museum's Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance galleries with an Arms and Armor Presentation. Presentations run 45-60 minutes.
Theme presentations led by a costumed interpreter include Medieval Armor, Roman Soldier, The Viking Age, 14th-Century Knight, and The Gothic Knight.
Fees and Scheduling
All programs include Museum admission
|Tour||$5 per person|
|– Worcester Public Schools students||Free|
|– Faculty and adult chaperones||Free|
|Gallery/Studio Workshop||$7 per person|
|Arms & Armor Presentation||$5 per person|
|Tour + Gallery/Studio Workshop + Arms & Armor Presentation||$17 per person|
Education Programs at the Worcester Art Museum are generously supported by the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, The Booth Family Fund for Education and Outreach at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Frances L. Hiatt Fund for the Advancement of Museum Education, The Nathan and Barbara Greenberg Fund for Education, The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, and the Norman and Dorothy Sharfman Education Fund, among other endowment funds. Additional generous support provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, The Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation and our members.
See also: Educational Resources