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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 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.

Self-guided class visits should be scheduled at least four weeks in advance to minimize coinciding group visits.

Schedule a self-guided college visit

Access to objects not on view should be scheduled at the start of the semester and no later than one month in advance of the requested date. Class accommodations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and capacity is limited. In your email request to Academic Programs, provide

  • the name of your institution
  • the number of students and faculty
  • the meeting time of your class
  • preferred dates and times for the visit

the artist, title, and accession number of the object(s) Two curatorial departments have dedicated study spaces and offer weekly open study hours during fall and spring semesters:

Costume and Textiles
Donghia Study Center, Radeke Building, 6th floor
For curatorial guidance or to request to view specific items, email
Open study hours: Fridays, 11 am–1 pm

Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Siskind Center / Minskoff Center, Chace Center, 4th floor
For curatorial guidance or to request to view specific items, email
Open study hours: Wednesday and Fridays, 10 am–12:30 pm

Courses focusing primarily on the Museum’s collections or exhibitions should be planned six months prior in collaboration with Museum staff. To facilitate planning, please be prepared to provide the course syllabus. For more information, contact Academic Programs.

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.

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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.

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Single Visits

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
  • Portraiture & Identity
  • Imagining the Americas
  • 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.

Multi-Part Visits

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 or a self-guided visit.

Guided tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance.

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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.