School Tours

The Museum offers a range of unique, interactive educational experiences for K-12 students that are intended to encourage and deepen students' appreciation of art, architecture, and music. Each experience highlights a different aspect of the Museum's permanent collection, making themes and content accessible through specialized tours and hands-on workshops led by teaching artists.

For more information about rates and scheduling, please contact David. W. Hawkins, Head of Education, at

We are grateful for the support of partners who share our goal of reaching the entire Washington, DC, community. During the 2016–17 school year, 70 percent of schools that participated in our education programs were recipients of Title I funding.

All programs are $7 per student with the exception of Hear Art/See Music and First Studio ($10 per student). 

Title I schools are eligible for discounted tickets for Hear Art/See Music and First Studio: $4 per student and $7 per student, respectively.

Most school programs include a workshop led by a teaching artist. School programs without workshops are free of charge.  

To learn more about our school programs, please contact David W. Hawkins, Head of Education, at

Hear Art/See Music
90 minutes

Student participants in Hear Art/See Music

Hear Art / See Music is a multidisciplinary program based on the Museum's African mask collection.  Studying design, pattern, rhythm, communication and cultural perspective, students compare a Chi Wara headdress from the Bamana people, and a Banda mask from the Baga people. The students also participate in two hands-on activities: a djembe drum circle, led by a musician, and a mask-making workshop, led by a teaching artist.  

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The Making of Architecture

90 minutes

Students discuss architect Philip Johnson's design choices ranging from planning to execution. The Kreeger building inspires an investigation of shape, form, flow, light, and context. Students build their own models, taking into account scale.


Seeing Shapes and Colors
90 minutes

Color can be understood logically with the color wheel and the theory of color contrasts. Students examine abstract and figurative paintings and study how artists use light and dark tones, warm and cool colors, and how color is seen in relation to certain shapes.

Nature Through Art

90 minutes

Students study landscapes, still lifes and sculpture to discover how artists represent natural forms. Docents discuss compositional structures - foreground, middle ground, background - and students learn that art is a vehicle for expressing personal views of nature.


First Studio
Recommended for ages 3–5
60 minutes

Children are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Adult companion required and art-making attire recommended.

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