For Educators

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Led by Museum educators, the Norton’s FREE Professional Development Days inspire participating teachers to create connections between the Museum Collection and the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.  Professional Development Days include gallery exploration, interactive activities, discussion, and curriculum that can be implemented in the classroom. High school teachers, please note the Norton can create Professional Development workshops for you on LTM Days.

Department / Curriculum Meetings
Bring your group to the Museum for a meeting and/or interactive workshop. 

All Florida educators, pre-K through college, who show proof of current employment, receive free admission whenever they visit the Museum.

For further information about teacher professional development, please contact Marcy Koch, Associate Curator of Education, at (561) 832-5196 x 1198, or by email using the online contact form.


School Tours

The Museum offers free tours for grades pre-k - 12 from October through May.  Themed tours have accompanying lesson plans that can be completed in the classroom before Museum visits.  Lesson plans are designed to meet Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Florida Standards and engage students' multiple intelligences. Viewing and discussing original works of art enriches learning and enhances critical thinking skills.

Schedule a school tour

Please call (561) 832-5196 x1198, or email at least three weeks in advance, to schedule a school tour. Most tours are docent-led, but middle school and high school teachers may lead their own tours of the Museum Collection if they notify the Museum in advance.  All students are FREE.  One adult chaperone is REQUIRED for every 10 students, and is FREE. Additional adult chaperones will be charged the $12 adult admission. 

Limited funds are available to provide free busing for school group tours.  Priority will be given to Palm Beach County Title-1 Public Schools that book tours for the 2014-2015-academic year before Oct. 31, 2014. Beginning on Nov. 1, 2014, remaining funds will be used to provide free busing to all Palm Beach County Public School group tours.

Please notify the Museum in advance if you want your students to write or draw in the galleries. Only pencils are permitted.   If your trip is NOT approved, please notify us as soon as possible so we can cancel your docents. Many docents drive a long way to be here for your scheduled tour.

Please click here for driving directions to the Museum.  Buses bring passengers to the front entrance of the Museum from Olive Avenue, NOT Dixie Highway.  When tour groups are assembled,  proceed to the bus parking area behind the Museum on Jefferson Road.  It’s easy to navigate back to the front entrance to pick up the students.


themed tours of the museum collection
A wide range of themed tours, created specifically for students, is available, including:

About Face, Portraits
What can you tell about a person from her portrait? Students examine how artists have portrayed individuals in sculpture and painting, and learn that a portrait can show how a person looks, what they feel inside, and what they meant to the people of their time. James Chapin’s popular Ruby Green Singing as well as works from Europe and China are featured on this tour. (k–12) ss, la, va, ma, sc
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The American Experience: the 20th Century
Students view and discuss American sculptures and paintings by artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper related to major events that helped shape the United States in the last century. Themes including human rights, social issues, geography, and innovation engage students in thinking critically about social studies and works of art. (4–12) la, ss, va, sc, ma
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Animals in Art
Take your students on a safari through the Museum Collection to see how artists from around the world have depicted real and imaginary animals in sculptures and paintings. Themes of this popular tour and arts-integrated lessons include mythical beasts from Europe and Asia; the horse in ancient societies, and animals in their environments, including Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork, Persian Sea Life Ceiling. (K-12) ss, la, va, ma, sc
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Highlights From the Museum Collection 
The Museum Collection includes European, American, Chinese, and Contemporary art, and Photography. This tour offers an overview of the Museum’s major artworks, including paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, while providing an introduction to museums and their roles in the community. (k–12) la, ss, va, ma, sc
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Storytelling in Art
In every culture, visual artists tell stories through art to share knowledge and inspire other peoples’ imaginations.  This tour includes sculptures and paintings from the Renaissance to the contemporary world, and builds students’ awareness of how artists tell stories using color and line, pose and gesture, setting and symbolism. (3–12) la, va, ss, sc, ma
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2014-2015 Exhibition Educational Tours

Artist, Patron, and Muse: Women in the Visual Arts (9-12)
Dec. 2, 2014-March 29, 2015

This tour examines diverse artworks from sculpture for China’s sole Empress to Georgia O’Keeffe’s modern vision of everyday objects.  The tour also features the ceramic sculptures of Klara Kristalova, whose fairytale-like figures and animals evoke emotional and psychological states.

British Landscapes: 1650-2000 (k-12)
Dec. 23, 2014-April 5, 2015

Landscapes aren’t just pretty pictures!  They convey stories and the history of the places they represent.  British landscape paintings in this exhibition by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and others from before the Industrial Revolution through the 20th century reveal aspects of our relationship with nature.

High Tea:  Art and Trade Around the World (k-12)
Feb. 19, 2015-May 24, 2015

Tea traded by China with the rest of the world became one of the most popular international drinks.  From Japanese tea bowls to British fashion and silver by Paul Revere, the artworks in this unique exhibition reveal cross-cultural connections from Asia to Europe and Colonial America.

Visions of the Everglades: Art, History, and Science (k-12)
March 19, 2015-June 2015

This exhibition explores the importance of photography in the historical documentation and cultural understanding of the vital landscape of the Everglades.  Follow the photographic journeys of four, commissioned, contemporary artists responding in in their own way to this unique environment.

 For more information about booking a tour, please contact Marcy Koch, Associate Curator of Education at (561) 832-5196 x 1198, or by email using the online contact form.

Museum Guidelines

Please make your students and chaperones aware of the following Museum rules:

·         Do not touch the artwork or walls.  

·         Use inside voices at all times.

·         Do not run.

·         Follow and participate in your tour with your docent.

·         Rules on Photography: Photography of the Museum Collection is
           permitted with a cell phone 
or digital camera (without flash). 
          Photography is not permitted in any of the special exhibitions. 

·         Do not bring food, drinks, or backpacks into the galleries.

·         Our docents are educators. Teachers and chaperones are expected to
          manage student behavior in every area of the Museum.

·         One chaperone for every 10 students is required to tour.