Above: Every year MPS students learn about art and the Museum by meeting with a variety of staff from different departments, such as Brad Echols, preparator in Curatorial.
The Museum offers curriculum-based tour experiences that make connections between art and the Alabama Course of Study Standards. These tours can be adjusted for different grade levels.
Kindergarteners and fifth-graders from the Montgomery Public School System visit the Museum every year for system-wide field trips, scheduled by the school district. Outside of these systematically scheduled tours, schools, homeschool groups, and other organizations can contact the Museum’s tour coordinator for more information about scheduling and fees.
Designed for Grades 1+
The American Scene introduces American visual culture through portraits, landscapes, genre scenes, and sculptures created in a variety of historical eras. Students enjoy related theatrical and musical experiences in ArtWorks and create mixed-media sculptural works in the studios.
Away We Go!
Designed for Pre-Kindergarten
Away We Go! is all about transportation and how we get from one place to another. Students will hear a story in the galleries and discuss the various types of transportation depicted in an artwork. They will dance and move during activities that will test their listening and balancing skills and in the studio, they hone fine motor skills while working with colors and shapes and leave with transportation inspired work of art they get to take home.
Designed for Grades 4+
Becoming Alabama, marking the bicentennial of the state, examines themes related to the Civil War, Civil Rights Movement, agriculture, industry, and more. The studio lesson is inspired by Stars Falling on Alabama, and the ArtWorks component relates to Native American culture.
Designed for Grades 5+
Math tours include calculations related to the building, an exploration of the Fibonacci sequence represented in ArtWorks, and mathematics connections in works of art. A studio lesson based on the Fibonacci sequence is also available.
Visual Thinking Strategies
Designed for Kindergarten+
VTS facilitates student-driven discussion of works of art and promotes careful looking and critical thinking skills. An open-ended, student-centered studio lesson is also available.
ArtWorks Group Visits
Because of the volume of visitors and other tours to this interactive gallery, groups of 10 or more to ArtWorks must be arranged in advance. The booking fee is $15 per 25 participants. To schedule a tour, please complete this form.
Tours of Special Exhibitions are offered throughout the year. The Museum also provides highlight and customized tours of the collection, which features American paintings, including regional art, works on paper, decorative arts, select arts of Africa, and more.