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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
America’s Black Holocaust Museum Presentation and Museum Tour

Nov 15, 2018 | 9:30-11AM

Join America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) and the Milwaukee Art Museum for a special program in honor of the local and national history of African Americans and people of African descent. The combined presentation by ABHM griots (storytellers) and Art Museum docents is a timely collaboration that explores how artists express identity and use storytelling to bring history to life.

NEW: 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
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, September 2018-May 2019

Be the Artist! Students explore the Museum’s Collection on a tour of your choice (see pages 6-7), 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.

  • Youth (Grades 3–8): Trills and Chills II
  • Oct 30 or 31, 2018 | $5 per student
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  • Music and Me Concert (Grades K–2): Musical Zoo
  • Nov 18, 2018 | $5 per student
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  • Youth (Grades 3–8): Notes from Home
  • Jan 23, 29, 30, 2019 | $5 per student
  • 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 Company and Museum Tour
Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America

Dec 4 or 5, 2018 | 9:30-11AM or 12-1:30PM

Explore playfulness, whimsy, 20th century design through a docent-led tour of the Museum’s feature exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. Afterward, students will be joined by First Stage Teaching Artists and actively engage in stories, characters, and perspectives depicted in these works of art.

NEW: First Stage Performance and Museum Tour

Extend your First Stage performance with a docent-guided tour of the Museum’s works related to the performance themes.

  • Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Grades 4-12
  • March 20 and 27, 2019 | $5 per student
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  • Additional fees apply for First Stage. Register with First Stage at 414-267-2962, and then call the Milwaukee Art Museum.
  • NOTE: Space is limited. Please book early.
  • Register with the Museum
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
  • 1–1½ 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.