San Antonio Museum or Art

School Group Visits and Tours

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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.

 

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.

Wednesday Workshops

Wednesday Workshops are two-hour educational experiences consisting of a specialized guided tour of the galleries followed by a hands-on project that is related to the culture and theme.

  • Wednesday Workshops are 2 hours long.
  • Two week’s advance reservation is required.
  • Wednesday Workshops are offered throughout the school year on Wednesdays from 9:30 -11:30 AM.
  • The Museum can accommodate 15-30 students per time slot. Special accommodations will be made for larger groups.
  • 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. 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.
Asian Cultures »

Students travel East from India to China, and cross the sea to Japan in this Asian-themed workshop, seeing such cultural artifacts as a Tibetan sand mandala, a Japanese carriage (palanquin) and two reconstructed rooms from Imperial China. This workshop concludes with a related art project, and meets many Social Studies, Fine Art and Asian Linguistic and Cultural 3-12 TEKS.

Contemporary Expressions »

In this workshop students develop a broader understanding of various artistic expressions from the Contemporary period, including the language of art and the discovery of new materials used by artists. This art appreciation experience concludes with a hands-on art project. The workshop meets many Social Studies and Fine Art 3-12 TEKS.

Discovering Ancient Egypt »

Uncover the lifestyles and beliefs of Ancient Egypt while exploring the Museum’s collection of art and artifacts, including mummy cases, hieroglyphs, statues, and pottery—followed by a hands-on art project. The workshop meets many Social Studies and Fine Art K-12 TEKS and is ideal for all ages/grade levels.

Exploring Latin America: Past and Present »

This workshop follows a timeline of cultural and artistic changes as students discover the implications of Columbus’ 1492 voyage. Students will explore the Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, Folk Art and Contemporary art galleries in our Latin American Wing and conclude the trip with a related art project. The workshop 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 classes.

Historic America through Art »

Learn about the early formation of the United States of America through its paintings and sculptures. Historical discussions include British colonization, the founding of the country, westward expansion and lifestyles from the 17th through 19th centuries. This adventure concludes with a period-appropriate art project. The workshop meets many Social Studies and Fine Art K-12 TEKS and is ideal for 1st-, 5th-, 8th- and 11th-grade Social Studies curricula.

Influences of World Religions on Art »

While in the Museum’s galleries, students learn to identify significant examples of religious art and develop a deeper understanding of how art reflects the beliefs of a culture. A hands-on project concludes this workshop. Meets World History 19-22 TEKS. Limited to High School students.

Life in Ancient Greece and Rome »

Students will learn about daily life in ancient Greece and Rome by examining objects such as painted vases, marble statues, and mosaics, gaining insight into the social customs, mythological traditions, lifestyles, and artistic achievements of these civilizations. This workshop meets many Social Studies and Fine Art 3-12 TEKS, and is deal for many Social Studies and Literature curricula.

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 »