Docent-guided school tours


All docent-guided tours are one hour in length and conducted in English unless otherwise requested. If you would like to request a tour in Spanish, German, French, or American Sign Language, please indicate this at the time of your tour request. Docents and translators for tours conducted in foreign languages are limited.

Preschool–grade 2


You can view Milwaukee Public School learning targets for each of our tours and programs by visiting the Milwaukee Arts Education Directory website, clicking on the Museum tour or program name, and then on Learning Targets.

A is for Art
Inspired by the book “A is for Art” by Marjorie Nelson Moon, explore art from many cultures while reinforcing language development.
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Animals in Art
Discover a menagerie of friendly animals and fantastic beasts from different cultures and times in paintings and sculptures.
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Art and Activities
Awaken your senses and your imagination! Encounter various artists and explore works of art using your senses.
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Line, Shape, and Color
Interact with line, shape, and color and learn how artists use these elements of art to create works of art.
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Storytelling in Art
Imagine, tell and listen to stories that artists portray in their work.
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See school programs for more grade PK–2 educational opportunities.

Grades 3–5


You can view Milwaukee Public School learning targets for each of our tours and programs by visiting the Milwaukee Arts Education Directory website, clicking on the Museum tour or program name, and then on Learning Targets.

African American Art and Artists
(available to grades 5 and higher)
Learn about African American artists and their art, from folk art to fine art, and explore the history and ideas behind these exciting works. (Group size limited to 30, maximum; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 30 people)
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American History Through Art
Discover art that reflects American history from our colonial past to the present. (Group size limited to 60, maximum; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 60 people)
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Art from Many Places and Times
Acquire basic art vocabulary and develop critical looking skills while exploring the making and meaning of art from different cultures. This tour is ideal for first time visitors because it provides an overview of the Museum's Collection.
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Explore Color!
Through careful examination of works of art, explore the powerful role of color in contemporary paintings and the impact of color on our lives.
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Feature or Changing Exhibition
Explore the works of art in the Museum’s current feature exhibition or one of the many changing exhibitions.
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Folk Art
Art of self-taught artists will capture your imagination. Themes such as people and places, history, entertainment, animals, and inner visions invite a deeper understanding of folk art and its role in people’s lives. (Group size limited to 30, maximum; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 30 people)
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Foreign Language and Culture Focus
Enhance French, German or Spanish language study by exploring related art and culture in the Museum's galleries. Please specify the foreign language study focus on your tour request form and if you would like part or all of the tour conducted in that language or English. Docents for tours conducted in foreign languages are limited.
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Museums Inside and Out (video)
A behind the scenes look at the Milwaukee Art Museum for grades 3-5. This introductory video must be requested and is available for view in conjunction with a docent-guided tour. Plan an additional half-hour to your visit to view the video.
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Non-western Art
Discover the art of ancient Egypt, Asia, Africa and Haiti.
(Space is limited to 50 or less people at a time; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 50 people)
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Portraiture
Meet the people and animals revealed in portraits throughout the Museum’s galleries.

Weather in Art
Link art and science through images that describe weather conditions and seasons.
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World Communities
Investigate western (European and American) and non-western (Haitian, Asian and African) art depicting and/or representing everyday life. This tour gives students an opportunity to discover similarities, differences and cross-cultural influences.
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See school programs for more grade 3–5 educational opportunities.

Grades 6–8


You can view Milwaukee Public School learning targets for each of our tours and programs by visiting the Milwaukee Arts Education Directory website, clicking on the Museum tour or program name, and then on Learning Targets.

African American Art and Artists
Learn about African American artists and their art, from folk art to fine art, and explore the history and ideas behind these exciting works. (Group size limited to 30, maximum; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 30 people)
Register online

Architecture of the Milwaukee Art Museum
Take a snapshot look at the historic architecture of Eero Saarinen and David Kahler, along with an exploration of the Santiago Calatrava-designed Museum addition.
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Art from Many Places and Times
Acquire basic art vocabulary and develop critical looking skills while exploring the making and meaning of art from different cultures. This tour is ideal for first time visitors because it provides an overview of the Museum's Collection.
Register online

Calatrava: Art, Science, and the Creative Design Process
Look to the innovative work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and follow the creative design process from idea to final product, (Group size limited to 60, maximum)
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Feature or Changing Exhibition
Explore the works of art in the Museum’s current feature exhibition or one of the many changing exhibitions.
Register online

Folk Art
Art of self-taught artists will capture your imagination. Themes such as people and places, history, entertainment, animals, and inner visions invite a deeper understanding of folk art and its role in people’s lives. (Group size limited to 30, maximum; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 30 people)
Register online

Foreign Language and Culture Focus
Enhance French, German or Spanish language study by exploring related art and culture in the Museum's galleries. Please specify the language study focus on your tour request form and if you would like part or all of the tour conducted in that language or English. Docents for tours conducted in foreign languages are limited.
Register online

Haitian Art
Haitian culture comes alive through paintings and sculptures. (Group size limited to 30, maximum; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 30 people)
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How Did They Paint That?
Learn how artists utilize glazing, scumbling, impasto, collage, assemblage and dry brush techniques while exploring the Museum's painting collection.
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Non-western Art
Discover the art of ancient Egypt, Asia, Africa and Haiti.
(Space is limited to 50 or less people at a time; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 50 people)
Register online

Portraiture
Meet the people and animals revealed in portraits throughout the Museum’s galleries.
Register online

Sculpture
Discover the materials and techniques artists use to create three-dimensional art while exploring the Museum's sculpture collection.
Register online

Which ISM is it?
Students compare, contrast, observe, and discuss artworks from the mid-1860s to the present, gathering clues to help them match works of art to an art style.  The “isms” highlighted include Realism, Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism/Abstractionism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Conceptualism.
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See school programs for more grade 6–8 educational opportunities.

Grades 9–12


You can view Milwaukee Public School learning targets for each of our tours and programs by visiting the Milwaukee Arts Education Directory website, clicking on the Museum tour or program name, and then on Learning Targets.

African American Art and Artists
Learn about African American artists and their art, from folk art to fine art, and explore the history and ideas behind these exciting works. (Group size limited to 30, maximum; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 30 people)
Register online

Architecture of the Milwaukee Art Museum
Take a snapshot look at the historic architecture of Eero Saarinen and David Kahler, along with an exploration of the Santiago Calatrava-designed Museum addition.
Register online

Art from Many Places and Times
Acquire basic art vocabulary and develop critical looking skills while exploring the making and meaning of art from different cultures. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors because it provides an overview of the Museum's Collection.
Register online

Calatrava: Art, Science, and the Creative Design Process
Look to the innovative work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and follow the creative design process from idea to final product, (Group size limited to 60, maximum)
Register online

Feature or Changing Exhibition
Explore the works of art in the Museum’s current feature exhibition or one of the many changing exhibitions.
Register online

Foreign Language and Culture Focus
Enhance French, German or Spanish language study by exploring related art and culture in the Museum's galleries. Please specify the language study focus on your tour request form and if you would like part or all of the tour conducted in that language or English. Docents for tours conducted in foreign languages are limited.
Register online

Haitian Art
Haitian culture comes alive through paintings and sculptures. (Group size limited to 30, maximum; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 30 people)
Register online

How Did They Paint That?
Learn how artists utilize glazing, scumbling, impasto, collage, assemblage and dry brush techniques while exploring the Museum's painting collection.
Register online

How Modern Art Communicates
Compare and contrast the communication techniques used by artists from earlier centuries with those of today, including composition, elements of art, and art media.
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Non-western Art
Discover the art of ancient Egypt, Asia, Africa and Haiti.
(Space is limited to 50 or less people at a time; may be combined with another tour for groups larger than 50 people)
Register online

Sculpture
Discover the materials and techniques artists use to create three-dimensional art while exploring the Museum's sculpture collection.
Register online

Which ISM is it?
Students compare, contrast, observe, and discuss artworks from the mid-1860s to the present, gathering clues to help them match works of art to an art style.  The “isms” highlighted include Realism, Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism/Abstractionism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Conceptualism.
Register online

See school programs for more grade 9–12 educational opportunities.