Plan a School Visit

Museum visits for K-12 schools introduce NOMA’s diverse permanent collection and featured exhibitions. Engaging with works of art encourages students to make observations and build connections.

Guided Visits | Available October 1, 2015 – May 27, 2016.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Spark creative and critical thinking with a guided tour of NOMA. Knowledgeable docents engage small groups in age-appropriate discussions. Choose from our thoughtfully designed tours (described below) that approach art from a visual art, language arts, or social studies perspective, or visit a featured exhibition. Please note, for the best tour experience, groups should include no more than 80 students per time slot. Please arrange your visit at least two weeks in advance. With one month’s notice, you may request a customized tour.

Self-Guided Visits | Available year round during regular NOMA hours.
Design and lead your own tour of NOMA. Visual art, language arts, history, science and math can be explored in NOMA’s extensive permanent collection, compelling temporary exhibitions, and outdoor Sculpture Garden. Use the free Educator’s Guide to the Collection to find information on selected works of art and suggestions for gallery discussions and activities.

Make Your Reservation
E-mail or call (504) 658-4100 to schedule your visit.
Please have the following information ready:

• Group leader’s name
• Group leader’s cell phone number
• Group leader’s email address
• School’s name, address, and phone number
• Number of students
• Grade level of students
• Preferred date & time, alternate date & time
• Tour topic for Guided Visit or Self-Guided Visit

Please schedule your guided visit at least 2 weeks in advance. Please schedule your self-guided visit by 4:00 p.m. on the preceding day.


FREE for scheduled school groups, including students, teachers, and one adult chaperone per 10 students. Must be scheduled by 4:00 pm on day preceding visit.


Reimbursement of travel expenses for qualifying schools in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes generously underwritten by Elizabeth and Willy Monaghan. Download the Bus Reimbursement Form.


Department of Interpretation & Audience Engagement
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park
New Orleans LA 70124
P (504) 658-4100
F(504) 658-4199


Visual Art Approach

Elements of Art Line, color, shape, form, texture, and space are the building blocks of art. Students examine the ways that artists utilize the elements to create a boundless visual language.
Methods & Materials Investigate the relationship between an artist’s ideas and techniques. Students discuss how objects are made as they compare and contrast different media such as painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, or ceramics.

Language Arts Approach

What’s the Story? Construct the elements of a story and guess what could happen outside of the frame. Characters, setting, and plot are identified throughout the galleries as students build stories from works of art in NOMA’s collection.
Describe it! A picture may be worth a thousand words, but how do we describe what we see? Students develop observation skills and build descriptive language as they use synonyms and adjectives to describe works of art.

Social Studies Approach

Continents and Cultures Travel the world through NOMA’s galleries and meet diverse cultures. Students discuss how people areound the world have used the materials available to them to express themselves and interpret their environment.
My Country, My State Explore the history of the United States and Louisiana. Our rich cultural heritage is highlighted as students consider how artists represent place while investigating objects from different eras of our nation’s history.

Featured Exhibition Tours

November 18, 2015 – January 22, 2016
Visions of US
Delve into representations of America on a tour of American art from the permanent collection. Early portraits through contemporary sculptures capture the American Experience.

March 2 – May 20, 2016
Self-Taught Genius
Discover clever signs, hand sewn quilts, and useful inventions by American artists with no formal training. Works from the colonial period to the present are on view in this exhibition from the American Folk Art Museum.