Groups wishing to visit the Museum may book a self-guided visit or request a guided tour for up to 60 visitors. Guided tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance; self-guided groups must schedule at least two weeks in advance.
Please also remember
- Backpacks and large bags must be placed in lockers to protect works of art from inadvertent damage.
- Food and drink are not allowed in the galleries, classrooms, or storage areas.
- Pencils only in the galleries; markers and pens are not permitted.
College & University
Teach directly from art and design from ancient times to the present day. Study the Museum as an institution and use it as a laboratory to explore issues and ideas. Use the collection to support your research or collaborate with Museum colleagues. For more information, contact Academic Programs.
Self-guided class visits should be scheduled before the semester begins or no later than three weeks into the semester to ensure a comfortable learning experience undisturbed by other group visits.
Access to objects not on view must be scheduled before the semester begins or not later than three weeks into the semester. Class accommodations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and capacity is limited. Please provide the artist, title, and the accession number of the object you wish to view.
Courses focusing primarily on the Museum’s collections or special exhibitions should be planned the semester before in collaboration with Museum staff. To facilitate planning, please be prepared to provide the course syllabus.
K–12 Self-guided Visits
Enhance your teaching and learning goals through meaningful self-guided experiences with your students. Get ideas for lessons by browsing our online collection. Begin planning a self-guided visit by reviewing hours and admission and Chaperone Guidelines. To schedule a visit, please contact the Tours department at 401 454 6534.
K–12 Guided Visits
Through guided visits, students in grades K–12 learn to look carefully at works of art and articulate their ideas about them. Guided visits support curricular areas including history, literature, science, and math and address state and national standards, building skills related to observation, analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, and creative interpretation.
Guided tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. To schedule a visit, please contact the Tours department at 401 454 6534.
Museum docents lead theme-based one-hour visits, during which students explore a selection of objects through discussion, writing, drawing, or small-group work in the galleries.
You can select from the following themes:
- Learning to Look: Highlights from the Collection
- Picturing Stories
- Places Real & Imagined
- Peasants, Presidents & Pioneers
- Exploring America
- Art of Our Time
- Gods & Heroes
- Artists’ Ideas, Materials and Process.
Discussing your curricular needs and interests with a Museum educator can help determine the best structure and content. Click here to read tour descriptions or schedule a tour.
Some school groups choose to supplement their guided tour with a self-guided visit.
Dig the Museum: Building Cultural Connections is a program that links works of art to the classroom curriculum. Museum educators visit the classroom for a preview session; students then visit the RISD Museum for a tour that builds on classroom learning. Busing and admission for Providence Public Schools is provided for and arranged by the Museum. Multi-part programs are also available to private schools and schools outside Providence. To see a full list of tour themes and descriptions, click here. To schedule a session, call School & Teacher Programs at 401 454 6546.
Adult Group Visits
Be inspired by art and design from across time and cultures. Get lost in the collections, join a discussion, and see the unexpected. Adults visiting as a group can schedule a one-hour guided visit with a docent or a self-guided visit.
To schedule a visit, please contact the Tours department at 401 454 6534.
The Museum offers docent-led one-hour visits for organizations or adults visiting as a group. Guided tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance.
Professional Development for Organizations
The RISD Museum offers specialized professional-development experiences grounded in proven methods from art-based learning. Bring your team to the RISD Museum for a unique opportunity to develop communication skills, build habits of collaboration, and inspire out-of-the-box thinking. Read more about the many options for your group.