San Antonio Museum or Art

Guided Tours

Make the Museum your classroom with a school tour led by one of our knowledgeable docents. Select a theme below to learn more and register for your tour online.

  • Guided tours are 50 minutes long.
  • Two week's advance reservation is required.
  • The Museum can accommodate 30-60 students per time slot. Special accommodations will be made for larger groups.
  • At least 1 chaperone is required per 10 students. Chaperone must be 18 years or older.
  • Students, teachers, and chaperones will be admitted to the Museum for free. Admission fees for special exhibitions may apply.
  • Space may be reserved for students to eat their bag lunches.
  • If you need to cancel your tour reservation, please notify the Tour Scheduler at (210) 978-8138. If you are running late on your tour day, please notify the Museum’s front desk at (210) 978-8100.
  • Ask about our bilingual tour guides.

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Special Exhibition Tours »

Focus your tour on one of the Museum's current special exhibitions to give students a window on important developments in local, national, and international art.

America the Beautiful »

This tour introduces students to American landscapes, portraits, sculptures, furniture and everyday objects from the Colonial period to the present. Works are contextualized within history to enrich students' understanding of continuities through time and geographic region. This tour meets many Social Studies and Fine Art 3-12 TEKS, and is ideal for 5th-, 8th- and 11th-grade Social Studies curricula. 

Around the World in 50 Minutes »

Discover 6,000 years of culture, world history and art through the Museum’s diverse collections. From the Americas to Asia, from Oceania to Europe, explore the world without leaving San Antonio! This tour meets many Social Studies and Fine Art K-12 TEKS, and is ideal for all ages/grade levels.

Asian Caravan »

Travel through China, Japan, India and other Asian countries on this cultural expedition. On your way, you may see a colorful sand mandala, a suit of samurai armor, and rooms from Imperial China. This tour meets many Social Studies, Fine Art, and Asian Language Cultural and Linguistic 3-12 TEKS, and is ideal for all ages/grade levels.

Contemporary Art: Methods, Materials, Motivations »

What do drums, Day-Glo paint, steel, chalk and television have in common? Find out as you investigate how contemporary artists use surprising new materials and methods to create art. This tour meets many Math, Science and Fine Art 3-12 TEKS, and is ideal for Math, Physical Science and Art 3-12 curricula.

Latin American Art through the Ages »

Explore the depth and breadth of Latin American cultures through the art and artifacts in the pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, Folk Art and Contemporary galleries. This tour meets many Social Studies, Fine Art and Spanish Cultural and Linguistic 3-12 TEKS, and is ideal for World Studies, 4th- and 7th-grade Texas History and Spanish 3-12 classes.

The Parts of Art »

How is a work of art created? This tour introduces younger students to the fundamental elements of art, including line, color and shape. Older students can discover the techniques that artists use to achieve motion, perspective, illumination and texture. This tour meets many Math, Science and Fine Art K-12 TEKS, and is ideal for Math, Physical Science and Art K-12 curricula.

Science and Art Converge »

Chemistry, geometry, mathematics, physics and optics meet fine art in this exciting tour. Explore how scientific concepts are expressed in art and how artists utilize materials and technology to create their works. This tour meets many Math, Science and Fine Arts K-12 TEKS, and is ideal for Math, Physical Science and Fine Art K-12 curricula.

Travel the Trade Routes »

Historic trade routes brought together a remarkable mix of art objects now found in the Museum's collection. Blue and white porcelains, Islamic tiles, Talavera ceramics, coffee, tea, and chocolate vessels will all be featured in this tour focusing on global commerce. Meets any Social Studies, Fine Art and Asian Language Cultural and Linguistic 3-12 TEKS. Ideal for all ages/grade levels.

A Walk through Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome »

Discover mummy cases, glass containers, painted vases, portraits, and dinnerware and find out how they were used in the ancient world. This tour meets many Social Studies, Fine Art and Antiquities Linguistic and Cultural 3-12 TEKS, and is ideal for 3rd-grade, middle-school and high-school curricula.

Special Tour Topics »

Arrange for a tour focused on a topic of your choosing. The Museum educators will work with you to complement your curriculum.

Student Workshops

Student Workshops, offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, are two-hour educational experiences exploring a special exhibition in-depth followed by a hands-on studio project.

  • Student Workshops are 2 hours long.
  • Two week’s advance reservation is required.
  • Student Workshops are offered throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 -11:30 a.m.
  • The Museum can accommodate 30 students per workshop.
  • The Museum requires at least 1 chaperone per 10 students. Chaperone must be 18 years or older.
  • Students, teachers, and chaperones will be admitted to the Museum for free.
  • Space may be reserved for students to eat their bag lunches.
  • If you need to cancel your tour reservation, please notify the Tour Scheduler at (210) 978-8138. If you are running late on your tour day, please notify the Museum’s front desk at (210) 978-8100
  • Ask about our bilingual tour guides.
Realms of Earth and Sky »

Featuring Indian miniature paintings spanning the 15th-19th centuries in the exhibition Realms of Earth and Sky and the Museum’s collection of Indian Art, this two-hour workshop studies portraits, stories of courtly love, epic battles, gods and men, literary text, and songs rendered in intricately painted details. In the studio, students will create their own lavishly illuminated manuscript painting. Reservations for Realms of Earth and Sky Student Workshops are available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from November 10, 2015 – February 10, 2016. Space is limited.

28 Chinese »

Explore the works of twenty-eight of China’s best-known contemporary artists including Ai Weiwei , Qiu Zhijie, Zhang Enli, and Zhang Huan. Lively tour conversations enable students to contemplate the artists’ responses to social issues such as rapid urbanization, population growth, consumerism, and cultural shifts.  In the studio, students will experiment with new media and surprising materials geared towards their grade level.  Reservations for 28 Chinese workshops are available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from September 2 – December 16, 2015. Space is limited.

Self-Guided Visits

During a self-guided visit, groups are welcome to explore the Museum's permanent collections and special exhibitions.

  • We recommend that you plan your visit to be approximately 1 hour long.
  • Two week's advance reservation is required.
  • The Museum offers self-guided visits to groups of 10 or more.
  • The Museum requires at least 1 chaperone per 10 students. Chaperone must be 18 years or older.
  • Students, teachers, and chaperones will be admitted to the Museum for free.
  • Space may be reserved for students to eat their bag lunches.
  • If you need to cancel your tour reservation, please notify the Tour Scheduler at (210) 978-8138. If you are running late on your tour day, please notify the Museum’s front desk at (210) 978-8100.
K-12 Self-Guided Visits »