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School Tours

The Aspen Art Museum’s free school tours provide students the opportunity to engage with art, the creative process, and ideas of our time. Through an interactive guided tour, students are exposed to opportunities that expand personal knowledge, vocabulary, critical thinking, and confidence. Museum educators facilitate students’ careful looking and group dialogue with the aim of cultivating open-mindedness, a respect for diversity and other points of view, illuminating values and beliefs, and stretching the imagination. Groups are invited to select one of four tour options that invite students to open, reflect, respond, or connect in their own way.

Tour options

School tours are free for preschool through twelfth grade. Tour content and activities are adapted to meet the needs and interests of the learners through one of four tour options:

  1. Open: Careful looking at two or three works of art will provide opportunities to hone observation and critical thinking skills. A creative writing activity is optional.

  2. Reflect: If we take the time to look responsibly, art can reflect who we are and what we believe. This visit encourages respect for unique and diverse points of view using guidelines for healthy dialogue.

  3. Respond: Discover the different ways artists communicate their ideas through the creative process, exploring materials, and concepts of interest.

  4. Connect: This kinesthetic tour highlights the relationship between our bodies and space. This visit fosters spatial awareness and highlights the five key architectural elements that connect the Aspen Art Museum with the surrounding environment.

Exhibition in a Box

For third grade and first-year middle school students, the Aspen Art Museum offers Exhibition in a Box, a two-part program that brings the museum to the classroom, and the classroom to the museum. Museum educators visit schools within a 100-mile radius of Aspen and in turn, schools are invited to visit the Aspen Art Museum with all related costs and lunches provided by the museum. Visit the Exhibition in a Box page for more information.

Self-Guided Tours

Groups that wish to plan their own self-guided tours are kindly requested to make reservations to notify the museum of your visit. There are free teaching tools to download through the Online Resources page.

To schedule a guided tour or reserve a self-guided visit, please contact the Education Department at 970.925.8050 ext. 133 or email education@aspenartmuseum.org.

AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.