Tours & Group Visits

Explore options for visits, curricular support, and other resources. Fall options and procedures will be posted in late summer. View our Visitor Guidelines.

 

K–12 Schools

During the summer, groups can visit self-guided with up to 15 people at a time. Virtual visits with a museum educator are also available. Fall options and procedures will be posted in late summer; please contact teachers@risd.edu with any questions.

Teachers can browse a selection of K-12 Virtual Visits for videos, outlines of lesson plans, and related PowerPoints to lead a lesson with artworks on your own. Teaching Notes also support instruction across disciplines with information about works of art, discussion questions and activities. Select from Artists’ Ideas, Materials, and Process, Think Like An Archaeologist, Gods and Heroes, Imagining the Americas, RISD STEAM: Discovery through Juxtaposition, RISD STEAM: Attention and Perception, and more.  

Students and teachers can also engage in a live virtual museum experience over Zoom led by a museum educator. Teachers or group leaders connect with museum educators in advance of and during the session to support student’s engagement. Museum educators present via Google slides and a secure Zoom link. We can also use Google Meet.

 

On Site Self-guided visits

In summer 2021, self-guided group visits with up to 15 people must be booked at least two weeks in advance to allow for necessary planning and safety measures. Cost is $0.

Request a self-guided visit

Virtual visits 

Using Zoom, museum educators lead explorations of art and design through discussion, writing, or drawing, making connections to different subjects, skills, and interests. Cost is $5 per student. Visits can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, or 90 minutes. 

Click here to view tour theme options under K-12 One-Part Guided Visits.

Combine a virtual visit with an on site self-guided visit: Cost is $5 per student. Please note your interest when you complete your request form.

Request a virtual visit

Do you have questions about your group’s situation or a tour theme? Please contact teachers@risd.edu for assistance.

 

Multi-Part Guided Visits for Providence public and charter schools

On Site Self-guided visits

In summer 2021, self-guided group visits with up to 15 people must be booked at least two weeks in advance to allow for necessary planning and safety measures. Cost is $0.

Request a self-guided visit

Virtual visits

Providence public and charter school teachers can schedule a session or multiple sessions led by a museum educator over Zoom. Cost is $0. Depending on availability, we also offer visits for private schools in Providence and schools outside Providence for $5 per student. Visits can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, or 90 minutes.

Click here to view tour theme options under K-12 Multi-Part Guided Visits

Request a virtual visit

You can also combine a virtual visit with an on site self-guided visit.  Please note your interest when you complete your request form.

To plan your visit and to address any questions about your group situation or a tour theme for your virtual visit, you can contact schools@risd.edu for assistance.

Support for teachers to create their own explorations for self-guided visits

Personalize your museum experience to enhance student learning and make connections beyond the classroom by using K-12 Virtual Visits and Teaching Notes.

To discuss ways you can make more curricular connections to your subject area using works of art + museum resources and for assistance developing your own experience or assignment, contact teachers@risd.edu.

Afterschool, Camp, and Youth Groups

During the summer, groups can visit self-guided with up to 15 people at a time. Virtual visits with a museum educator are also available. Fall options and procedures will be posted in late summer.

On Site Self-guided visits

In summer 2021, self-guided group visits with up to 15 people must be booked at least two weeks in advance to allow for necessary planning and safety measures. Cost is $0.

Request a self-guided visit

 

Virtual visits

Students and Group Leaders can engage in a virtual museum experience over Zoom led by a museum educator. Cost is $5. Group leaders connect with museum educators in advance of and during the session to support student’s engagement. Museum educators present via Google slides and a secure Zoom link. We can also use Google Meet. Visits can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour.

Click here to view tour theme options under Afterschool, Camp, and Youth Group

Request a virtual visit

 

Group Leaders can also browse a selection of free K-12 Virtual Visits for videos, outlines of lesson plans, and related PowerPoints to lead a lesson with artworks on your own. Teaching Notes also support instruction across disciplines with information about works of art, discussion questions and activities. Select from Artists’ Ideas, Materials, and Process, Think Like An Archaeologist, Gods and Heroes, Imagining the Americas, RISD STEAM: Discovery through Juxtaposition, RISD STEAM: Attention and Perception, and more.  

College and University

The RISD Museum staff looks forward to providing curricular support for your courses—in-person, virtual, or hybrid; synchronous, asynchronous, or both. We are committed to flexible, innovative strategies for continuing existing partnerships or working together for the first time. We encourage faculty to consult our Faculty Guide to begin planning for the summer semester.

RISD faculty automatically receive regular email updates from the museum; we encourage faculty at other institutions to sign up to receive these by using this form. Fall options and procedures will be posted in late summer; please contact museum-academic@risd.edu with any questions. 

 

Virtual visits

Schedule a virtual visit with museum staff to experience a guided session of close looking at objects or a conversation about museum practice. A live virtual visit over Zoom might follow an assignment for your students to visit on their own, or could exist as a stand-alone option. Object-based live virtual visits will utilize existing images of works from the collection. Virtual visits are free for member institutions and standard admission costs apply for non-member institutions. Virtual visits require additional staff preparation and must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

Request a virtual visit

 

On Site Self-guided visits

In summer 2021, self-guided group visits with up to 15 people must be booked at least two weeks in advance to allow for necessary planning and safety measures. We encourage faculty to take advantage of alternatives to group visits, such as assignments for their students to visit individually, which may precede a classroom conversation led by the faculty member or a virtual exploration of selected works facilitated by a museum staff member.

Request a self-guided visit

 
Adult Groups

On Site Self-guided visits

In summer 2021, self-guided group visits with up to 15 people must be booked at least two weeks in advance to allow for necessary planning and safety measures. Cost is $17.

Request a self-guided visit

 

Virtual visits

A guided virtual visit led by a museum educator offers opportunities for close looking and in-depth discussions. $175, for up to 30 participants. Non-profit rate may be applicable, contact us when booking.

Click here to view tour theme options for Adult Visits.

Request a virtual visit