School Programs

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Multidisciplinary Tours

Geometry + Art

Discover shapes and patterns everywhere you look during a docent-guided, geometry-themed tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Optional: Go hands-on at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum with guided exploration and play. Additional fees apply for Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. Register with the Milwaukee Art Museum, and then call Betty Brinn Children’s Museum at 414-390-5437.

History + Art
Art From Artists of the African Diaspora

Available Year Round

Join the Milwaukee Art Museum for a special tour in honor of the local and national history of African Americans and people of African descent. Explore works of art on a docent-guided tour of Art from Artists of the African Diaspora.

War Memorial Center Tour + Museum Tour

Available Year-Round

Join the War Memorial Center and the Milwaukee Art Museum for a special tour that examines American stories and resilience from a variety of perspectives. Students will enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of the War Memorial Center and a 45-minute docent-led tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum that looks at diverse American stories on resilience from past to present.

  • Grades 4-12 | 1 ½ hours | $10 per student
  • Note: Space is limited. Please be flexible when requesting dates.
  • Register with the Museum
Women in Art Tour

Available Year-Round

Explore the lives of women through both the way they have been portrayed in art across time and their contributions as female forces in the art world.

  • Grades 4-12 | 1 hours | $5 per student
Life Sciences + Art

Discover connections between art and the life sciences. See how artists use their senses and borrow from the sciences to observe the natural world. View works of arts that cover living things from plants to wildlife and humans.

Optional: Visit Discovery World to continue your exploration of the living world! Examine living fish from Lake Michigan and see firsthand how science uses art for animal identification. Additional fees apply for Discovery World. Register with the Milwaukee Art Museum, and then call Discovery World at 414-765-8625.

Museum Tour + Studio Workshop
Studio Workshop School Program

Available Tues-Thurs, October 2019-May 2020

Be the Artist! Students explore the Museum’s Collection on a tour of your choice, and then complete an art project connected to the tour theme.

  • Grades PK-12 | 2 hours | $10 per student
  • Note: Space is limited. Please be flexible when requesting dates.
  • Register with the Museum
Music + Art
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concert and Museum Tour

Extend your MSO Concert for Schools experience with a docent-guided tour of the Museum’s works that relate to concert themes.

  • Peter and the Wolf: Music and Me Concert (Grades K-2)
    Nov 5-6, 2019 | $5 per student
  • American Reflections: This is Us (Grades 3-8)
    Oct 1 & Nov 19, 2019 | $5 per student
  • Beethoven: A Birthday Celebration (Grades 3-8)
    Jan 21 or Jan 28, 2020
  • Additional fees apply for MSO. Register with the MSO at 414-226-7886, and then call the Milwaukee Art Museum.
  • Register with the Museum
Theater + Art
First Stage Performance Workshop and Animals in Art Tour

Feb 4 or Feb 11, 2020

Enjoy a First Stage performance workshop paired with a docent-guided tour of the Museum’s works related to Animals in Art. Students will discover a menagerie of friendly animals and fantastic beasts in paintings and sculptures throughout the Museum. Their imaginations will help them transform into animals with the help of First Stage Teaching Artists during the workshop.

Writing + Art Docent-Guided Tour
Available Year-Round

This tour, inspired by the National Writing Project at Carroll University and grounded in the Six Traits of Writing framework, introduces the Museum as a place of inspiration for writing. After receiving their own Museum journals/sketchbooks, students look closely at works of art, using a variety of writing skills, developing a descriptive word bank, and practicing "low stakes" writing.

Special Tour Programs

Junior Docent School Program

For more than forty years, the Junior Docent School Program has introduced elementary school students to the vocabulary, elements, and history of art while developing critical thinking skills. Over three consecutive years, students visit ten times, contextualizing art into their life. After a culminating project presented to their peers and family, they become official Junior Docents!

  • Grades 3–5
  • 10 visits over 3 years
  • 1 - 1 ½ hours each visit
  • $5 per student, per tour
  • To be added to the waiting list for this program, please email .
  • This program is run through schools. If you are a parent looking for art opportunities for your child, please refer to Youth and Family Classes.