The Salisbury Street entrance is open while we make sidewalk repairs.

Due to maintenance, there is no elevator access to lower third floor American art galleries.
Inquire with staff for assistance.

Public Tours

A WAM tour guide a small group of children

Join one of our talented Museum docents to enjoy highlights of the collection, a special exhibition, or featured artwork.

Highlights Tours

Sundays, 1pm
Lancaster Welcome Center
Free with Museum admission*

Our docent-led Highlights tours offer visitors a trip through our galleries to discover highlights of our vast collection. These highlights represent the significant art, artists, and cultures presented throughout WAM's galleries. Requests to view a particular work of art or area will be honored wherever possible.

*Admission is FREE for all on the first Sunday of each month.

Zip Tours

Virtual (“Zip Zoom”) tours: every other Wednesday, 12:30pm
Free; advance registration required (see below)

In-gallery tours: every other Saturday, 12:30pm
Free with Museum admission

Our docent-led art discussions focus on select works in the collection or a current exhibition. These 30-minute spotlights are held both on Zoom and in-person at WAM and include time for audience comments and questions. The dates and subjects of each tour are shown below.

To register for any virtual tour, go to the Zip Zoom Tour registration page, select a tour date from the menu, and complete the registration process. You will then receive an email with the link to your chosen Zip Zoom tour.

Upcoming Zip Tours for 2021

Please check our calendar for the latest information.

  • Virtual tour: Wednesday, December 1
    In-gallery tour: Saturday, December 4
  • Albert Bierstadt's Yosemite Falls, with docent Anne Hunter.

    By the early 1860s, Bierstadt achieved international fame for his series of monumental landscapes celebrating the American frontier. During his second trip West in 1863, the German-American artist created sketches of Yosemite Falls, or ‘Cho-looke’ as termed by the region’s Miwok people, Ahwahneechee. Though modest in scale compared to his other expansive views, Yosemite Falls conveys the natural beauty and grandeur of the region through an interplay of atmospheric effects. Join docent Anne Hunter for a discussion about Bierstadt's work in the American West.
  • Virtual tour: Wednesday, December 15
    In-gallery tour: Saturday, December 18
  • Carl Milles' Fountain, with docent Susan Gately.

    Maybe you remember when there was a working fountain in the galleries of the Worcester Art Museum. Join docent Susan Gately as she discusses Carl Milles' Fountain. Commissioned for the Worcester Art Museum by the donors, this fountain employs symbolism to evoke Milles' childhood memory of stargazing in a boat with his father. Learn more about this work and its history with this Zip tour!
  • Virtual tour only: Wednesday, December 29
  • WAM's Artful Deck the Halls Trees, with docent Joan Barry.

    WAM is merry and bright for the holidays with artfully decorated trees inspired by the Museum's current special exhibition, Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London and the 1965 classic movie, Doctor Zhivago. Join this Zoom with Docent Joan Barry and hear more about the decorations created by Sally Jablonski of Herbert E. Berg Florist, Inc.

Past Tours

  • In-gallery tour: Saturday, November 20
  • Edward Hicks' The Peaceable Kingdom, with Virginia Powell-Brasier.
  • Virtual tour: Wednesday, November 3
    In-gallery tour: Saturday, November 6
  • Carrie Moyer's Rapa Nui Smashup, with docent Shelley Rodman.

    Carrie Moyer's paintings combine the gestures of mid-century abstraction with the clarity of 20th century graphics. Layering biomorphic forms, clean, vibrant colors and a diversity of textures, Rapa Nui Smashup reflects Moyer's identity as a feminist and her commitment to producing work that is visually appealing, provocative, and often, fun.

Art Together

Join us for creative time online with stories and enriching art activities! From drawing horses and dinosaurs to learning about colors, shapes, and textures, these easy-to-follow, recorded sessions are sure to inspire young budding artists. Each program features story time with an illustrated children's book, an inspiration work of art from the WAM Collection, art activities for PreK-5th grade children, and a downloadable PDF of the lesson and associated materials. Art Together videos are posted regularly on the WAM Facebook page, WAM YouTube channel, and then here on our website, where you can also find all past lessons.