Educational Tours


Guided Tours
Tour Details: Length, Max. Students, Chaperones
Curricular Standards
Self-Guided Tours
Schedule a Tour
Preparing for your Museum Field Trip


School Tour


Guided Tours

General Tour Format
Krannert Art Museum's tours are designed to provide in-depth explorations of a few works of art. Typically in a one-hour tour, students will visit four galleries and discuss one to two works of art in each gallery. The goal is to encourage students to strengthen their ability to look closely, think critically about the works of art, and formulate their own interpretations based on the contextual information provided by the guide.

Krannert Art Museum is pleased to offer the following guided tours to student groups free of charge. We also welcome special requests. If you would like a tour on a topic not listed below, please ask.

Look, Talk, Create
Pre-K through Grade 2

In this tour, designed for our youngest visitors, gallery teachers will show students three to four of the museum’s most child-friendly works of art. At each stop, the students will look and talk about what they see and participate in a quick, hands-on activity. The experience is meant to introduce children to their community art museum, expose them to various types of art from diverse cultures, and pique their curiosity and imaginations.
(Maximum: 50 students)


Inquiry with Art
Grades 3 to 8

What is it? Who is that? What is going on? How does it relate to me? Questions have the power to incite curiosity and encourage discovery. In this tour, students will be led through the inquiry process to collaboratively unveil the meaning and significance of various types of artworks from diverse cultures throughout history. Together, students will observe, hypothesize, consider multiple perspectives, and support ideas with visual evidence. Inquiry will consist of dialogue as well as other modes, such as moving, making, and storytelling, to help connect with all types of learners.
(Maximum: 60 students)


Experiencing Art
High School and Introductory College Courses

A visit to an art museum does not have to consist of passive looking and listening. On this tour, students will engage with art and each other. Through interactive approaches, they will analyze, debate, and respond to art that is old and new as well as from distant and nearby places. The experience is meant to encourage students to see that art can broaden their perspective of the world as well as help them further understand themselves.
(Maximum: 60 students)


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Tour Name
Look, Think, Create
Inquiry with Art
Experiencing Art
Age Pre-K through Grade 2 Grades 3–8 High School and Intro College Courses
Length 45–60 min 60–90* min 60–90* min
Max Students (divided into groups of 15 per guide) 50 students 60 students 60 students
Chaperone Requirements 1 for every
5 students
1 for every
8 students
High School: 1 for every
15 students; College n/a

*There are two ways to structure a 90 minute class visit:

  • 90-minute tour with longer activities
  • 60-minute tour, plus time for a student assignment given by you afterward. Note: This option is only available for students in grades 6–12.

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Curricular Standards

All guided tours meet the following Learning Standards:

Visual Arts Standards

  • Creating
  • Presenting
  • Responding
  • Connecting

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

  • Reading
  • Speaking & Listening

Social Science Standards

  • Inquiry Skills
  • Geography
  • History

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Self-Guided Tours

Teachers are invited to lead a tour for their students on their own. Self-guided tours must be scheduled to ensure a positive experience in the galleries for all of our museum guests. Materials in the Giertz Education Center may be helpful in planning a self-guided tour.

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Schedule a Tour

Schedule a tour online or call the Giertz Education Center at 217-333-8218. Please submit request at least two weeks in advance.

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Preparing for your Museum Field Trip

Pre-tour lesson ideas, introductory video for students, and museum etiquette are all available here.

Or view/print our gallery guidelines to inform the members of your group.
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