School Tours

Museum Field Trips are back with limited availability at this time. Teachers are invited to schedule a Docent-  or self-guided tour of the Speed for the 2021-2022 school year. If you prefer a virtual option, a variety of asynchronous experiences are available. Scroll down for additional information or visit our Virtual Programs website.

IN-PERSON FIELD TRIPS

General Information:
– Thursday and Friday, beginning at 12 pm
– Cost: $5 per student, free for Title 1 students
– All students and chaperones MUST wear face masks that cover their nose and mouth for the duration of their tour.
– A minimum of 10 students is required for a docent-guided tour
– We can accommodate 60 students per tour, per hour. Groups larger than 60 students must book a two-hour visit.
– A docent-guided tour can be combined with self-guided time in the Museum (only on Fridays).
– Teachers and chaperones are free (one chaperone per ten students is required; additional chaperones are $10 each)
– Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance for both guided and self-guided tours
– Questions about School Tours? Please contact us at schoolprograms@speedmuseum.org 
– Register!

Fund for the Arts also provides several options for schools and community centers located in Kentucky. Find more information and applications here.


Grades Pre-K – 2: Making Friends
Tour: 1 hour
Capacity: 60 students per hour

Find new friends in works of art! As our youngest visitors explore the galleries on this dynamic tour, they’ll discover both familiar faces and people they’d like to meet in works ranging from the ancient to the contemporary. Designed to stoke creative thinking and inspire collaboration, students will also explore elements of art like color, line, and shape.

Grades 3 – 5: Where in the World?
Tour: 1 hour
Capacity: 60 students per hour

Pack your bags, grab a friend, and get ready for an around-the-world adventure! On this interactive tour, students will travel the galleries and explore the relationship between works of art that span the globe. Through writing, drawing, and movement activities—as well as a special “passport” they’ll fill up along the way—students will come to better understand the fascinating differences and beautiful similarities between works of art from far-away places.

Grades 6 – 8: Museum Mysteries
Tour: 1 hour
Capacity: 60 students per hour

Why do the eyes in that portrait seem to follow you? What do those symbols on the sculpture mean? Just what is that creature in the center of the painting? Join us on a tour where we learn to stop, look closely, and unravel mysteries that the average visitor might not solve! Middle school students will explore unusual works from across the world with an eye toward what qualities make those pieces so unique. As they work closely with their peers and engage in interactive gallery activities, students will also examine principles like proportion, texture, and dimension to understand various artists’ unconventional choices.  

Grades 9 – 12: Changing Perspectives
Tour: 1 hour
Capacity: 60 students per hour

Our lives can change quickly: one day we might wake up to find that things suddenly look different. On this tour designed specifically for high school students, we’ll look at the way art has changed over time, the way our perspectives can shift when it comes to art, and the way art changes us. A diverse group of works will fuel our inquiry: students will explore everything from how the Speed’s architecture has evolved to how the Kentucky gallery portrays our ever-changing home to the way artistic movements respond to one another. Using their creativity, critical thinking, and close-looking skills, students will also examine their personal responses to art, asking themselves why they feel the way they do about a piece…and what might change their minds.

Grades 5 – 8: Picking Up STEAM
Tour: 1 hour
Optional Hands-On Art Making: 1 hour
Capacity: 60 students per day

Discover how art can be used to explore concepts related to science, technology, engineering, and math. On this tour, students will have an opportunity to analyze ancient feats of engineering, predict the weather based on a painting, discover the science of mixing pigments and more, all while making connections to artworks in the Speed’s collection. Students will also work collaboratively, both in the galleries and in the art making studio, to develop  their critical and creative thinking skills.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

LIVE VIRTUAL SYNCHRONOUS TOURS

Participate from your classroom or home!

Synchronous tours at the Speed Art Museum are a virtual option for a class of up to 30 students. These tours are highly interactive and cover the same topics as in-person tours. Students will interact in real time with a Docent or staff member and engage on a personal level with artworks from across the Speed’s collection.

All tours and education programs support the work that teachers are doing in their classrooms while aligning with Core Learning Standards in Arts and Humanities, Social Studies, and English Language Arts.

General Information:
– Tuesday – Friday, beginning at 10:00 am
– Cost: $150 per classroom for a virtual tour; free for Title 1 students
– A minimum of 10 students is required for a virtual docent-guided tour
– Virtual tours can last up to one hour
– We can accommodate one class (up to 30 students) per virtual tour, per hour.
– Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance for all virtual tours
– All K-12 students that participate in a virtual tour will receive a Family Voucher, allowing them to return with their family free of charge on any day the Speed is open
– If you would like to schedule a virtual Docent-guided tour, email SchoolPrograms@speedmuseum.org.

Tour Topics for Synchronous Field Trips are the same as the In-Person Tour Topics listed above.

Grades Pre-K – 2: Making Friends
Grades 3 – 5: Where in the World?
Grades 6 – 8: Museum Mysteries
Grades 9 – 12: Changing Perspectives
Grades 4 – 8: Picking Up STEAM

ON DEMAND ASYNCHRONOUS TOURS

Enjoy our five school tour offerings at your own speed. These tours are designed to be used as a class or individually, and provide opportunities for students to look closely, think critically, and connect on a personal level with artworks from across the Speed’s collection.

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Additional virtual programs for students and teachers, including episodes of I See I Think I Make, can be found online here.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION TOURS

Teachers can also schedule a virtual tour of our special exhibitions.

Through November 7: Collecting: A Love Story – Glass from the Adele and Leonard Leight Collection
August 6, 2021-February 13, 2022: Ralph Eugene Meatyard’s The Unforeseen Wilderness
October 7, 2021-January 2, 2022: Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art

Fund for the Arts also provides several options for schools and community centers located in Kentucky. Find more information and applications here.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Below you will find several resources intended to help you make the most of your visit. The Important Visit Information packet gives details on what to expect before, during, and after your visit. Each Chaperone Guide contains useful tips for accompanying chaperones. Our Pre-Visit Materials, which match each of the themed tours listed above, are designed to help teachers prepare their students for their visit to the Museum.

School Tour Chaperone Guide – Guided Tours

School Tour Chaperone Guide – Self-Guided Tours

School Tour Important Visit Information

Tour Pre-Visit Making Friends

Tour Pre-Visit Where in the World

Tour Pre-Visit Museum Mysteries

Tour Pre-Visit Changing Perspectives

Self Guide: Grades K – 5

Self Guide: Grades 6 – 12