School Tours 

To schedule a tour, call (561) 832-5196 x1146, or complete the online contact form at least three weeks in advance. You will receive an email to confirm your reservation. Your tour is not confirmed until the confirmation email has been sent. In preparation for your tour, you can download teacher resource guides and activities for the classroom at the prompt under the description of each themed tour.

Please familiarize yourself with the Museum policies and guidelines below.


SCHOOL TOUR POLICIES

  • 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 and teachers receive FREE admission.  
     
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students.
     
  • FREE busing is available on a limited basis for school group tours.  Priority will be given to Palm Beach County Title-1 Public Schools that book tours for the 2018-2019 academic year before October 31, 2017. Beginning November 1, 2017, 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 and sketchpads are permitted. 
     
  • Please notify the Museum in advance if any participating students need special accommodations for learning.
     
  • If your trip is NOT approved, please notify us as soon as possible so we can cancel your docents.  Many docents travel a long way to lead your tours.
     
  • Please click here for driving directions to the Museum. Once 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.
     
  • Please consider providing students with nametags prior to your visit.  Museum staff and docents like to address your students by name.

 

Themed Tours of the Museum Collection

About Face! Portraits 
Portraits can reveal more than meets the eye.  Students examine how artists have portrayed individuals in sculpture and painting, and learn how a portrait can reveal social and historical meanings.  Portraits also can communicate what people thought and felt, as well as how they were perceived by their contemporaries.   Artworks from the United States, Europe, and China are featured on this tour. 
(4-9) va, la, ss, sc, ma
Download lesson plan.

Highlights From the Museum Collection 
The Museum Collection includes American, Chinese, Contemporary, and European art, and Photography. This tour offers an overview of the Museum’s major artworks, including paintings by Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, and other iconic artists, while providing an introduction to museums and their roles in the community.  
(k–12) va, la, ss, sc, ma
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Learning to Look
What does it take to truly see a work of art?  Students practice their critical thinking skills and learn to connect with works of art by looking closely, learning a vocabulary to describe and make meaning out of what they see, engaging in discussion, and discovering personal connections.  Learn to use the Museum as a place for learning and fun. 
(k-5) va, la, ss, sc, ma
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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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Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene 
The Norton Museum of Art will present a timely exhibition that depicts how humans are directly and indirectly impacting the planet. Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene features 22 works by Justin Brice Guariglia, a transdisciplinary artist, who in 2015 and 2016, flew seven times with NASA as part of Operation IceBridge, a survey mission of Greenland to study how melting glaciers affect sea level rise.
(6–12) va, la, ss, sc, ma
Download lesson plan.

Download lesson plan worksheet.

 

Museum Guidelines

Enjoy your visit and help protect and preserve the art for future generations.


Personal Items
Please check backpacks, large bags, and briefcases with Visitor Services before entering the galleries.

The Museum has no facilities for lunches or snacks on site.  Please consider this when making your tour plans.  

In the Galleries 
Please keep an arm’s length from each artwork. Even the slightest contact can damage the surface of a painting or disfigure a sculpture.

Please do not bring food or drinks into the galleries.

Please be considerate of other visitors and converse on cell phones outside the galleries.

Photography
Photography is allowed unless otherwise noted. Please do not use flash, and ask if you’re unsure if photography is permitted.

In addition to the Museum Guidelines, please make your students and chaperones aware of the additional guidelines for tours:

Use inside voices at all times.

Do not run.

Stay with your docent and tour group – and feel free to participate. 

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.

 
See Also
For Educators