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Tour Descriptions

Make the Museum of Art and Archaeology your classroom by participating in a guided tour. Learning at the Museum is interactive and fun as visitors explore art from around the world and throughout history.

Fourth-Grade Curricular Tour

Designed to fit within the framework of the Missouri Fourth-Grade curriculum for Fine Arts and Social Studies, these tours include objects that reflect a diversity of cultures, time, beliefs, and media. Fourth-Grade Curricular Tours are designed in correlation with the Missouri Show-Me Standards. Students will visit various galleries at the Museum of Art and Archaeology for a tour lasting approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Themes examined in the Fourth-Grade Curricular Tours include the following:

  • Social Studies: Missouri history / geography / African American studies
    (tour guide in Word - 14MB)
  • Fine Arts: landscape and portraiture

Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours are focused on one of the permanent collections at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. A Gallery Tour lasts one hour.

Thematic Tours

Thematic Tours are one-hour tours based on themes requested by educators. The tours may concentrate on a single gallery or may have a common theme that focuses on artifacts from more than one gallery. See Tour Topic Ideas for a list of tour topic ideas.

Special Exhibition Tours

Special Exhibition Tours concentrate on one of the temporary exhibitions. These exhibitions change several times a year. See Exhibitions for an up-to-date listing of current exhibitions.

Learning to Look Tours

A Learning to Look tour at the Museum of Art and Archaeology is an interdisciplinary tour for K-12th grade students and is designed to meet school curriculum objectives. The tour teaches students how to look at, appreciate, and gain knowledge and insight from art, while at the same time developing cognitive skills. Students are introduced to artifacts, paintings, and sculpture in the Museum’s collections while learning how to use words to describe the works’ visual and tactile qualities, as well as looking at ways the artists have worked with these elements to give their work structure. By becoming familiar with the vocabulary of sensory and formal elements, students will be better equipped to evaluate the composition of a work of art, to understand an artist’s choices in creating that work of art, and to construct meaning for themselves from their own perspective.

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- Missouri Art, Artists & Artifacts: A Fourth Grade Social Studies Curricular Tour (Word)   
- Learning to Look Guide (pdf)
- Discussing sensitive subjects with children (Word)
- Addressing nudity in art (Word)
- Pre-Visit Activities (Word) (pdf)
- Post-Visit Activities (Word) (pdf)

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Event Photos
Digging It! Photo Gallery
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Lion King Photo Gallery
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Thank You Notes
Thank you notes to the Museum
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Thank you notes to Betty Brown
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