Tours & Group Visits

In response to COVID-19, the RISD Museum is closed to the public with limited access for RISD students, faculty, and staff with an active RISD ID. Explore options for virtual visits, asynchronous content, and other resources for K-12, college, and adult audiences in the sections below.

 

 

K–12 Schools

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.

 

One-Part Guided Visit: Live 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 $0 or $5. Visits can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour. 

Multiple tour themes available, click here to view under K-12 One-Part Guided Visit.

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Multi-Part Guided Visits for Providence public and charter schools: Live virtual visits

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

Multiple tour themes available, click here to view selection under Multi-Part Guided Visits

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Support for teachers to create their own self-guided explorations 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

Group Leaders 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 Group Leaders can also engage in a live virtual museum experience over Zoom led by a museum educator. 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.

Request your visit

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 Fall Faculty Guide to begin planning for the semester.

Self-guided visits

The RISD Museum will open to the RISD community for individual visits and self-guided groups on September 17 and to our college & university members on a phased schedule to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors. We are implementing guidelines for visiting that align with RISD's health and safety protocols. Group visits to the museum are only available for self-guided RISD classes and are limited to 10 individuals to accommodate reduced gallery capacities. These visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance to allow for necessary planning and safety measures.

We encourage RISD faculty to consider 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 (see more below).

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Review our Visitor Guide

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. These virtual visits require additional staff preparation and must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

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Adult Groups

Live Virtual Visit

A guided virtual visit led by a museum educator offers opportunities for close looking and in-depth discussions.
AVAILABLE ONLY UPON REQUEST

Multiple tour themes available, click here to view.

$60 per group 

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