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Pre- and Post-Visit Activities

Please read through the following suggestions to ensure both you and your students get the very most out of your visit to the Museum.

For Teachers

  • If your class will have time to self-tour after your museum lesson, print out the self-touring journal for your students to use.
  • Use your free educator's pass to familiarize yourself with the Museum prior to your class trip.
  • Let the Museum know ahead of time what your class is studying and if there are objects you hope to see on your visit. Though the works of art on view in the Museum’s galleries change regularly, every effort will be made to include your requests.
  • Use some of the pre- and post-trip suggestions below to get your students ready for their visit and to build upon their experience when you return to school.
  • Plan the length of your visit with your students' interest and energy levels in mind.


Self Touring Gallery Journal

This journal is intended to help students (K – 5) and their chaperones explore several works of art in the Museum through looking, drawing and writing activities. The activities can be done in almost any gallery. You can let your students and chaperones decide which activity they would like to do in each gallery they visit. Or, you may choose specific galleries for each of the activities and write the gallery number by each activity. Use the floor plan on the Museum's website to see what works of art are in each gallery.


Pre-Visit Activities for Your Class

  • View our orientation guide with your students. This resource introduces students to the Museum, what happens on a field trip, and Museum rules and expectations.
  • Explore this website to generate excitement about the trip. Find pre-visit guides for many gallery lessons on the Grades K–3 and Grades 4–12 school tour pages.
  • Print one of our pre-visit worksheets and use it with your students to generate interest in your upcoming trip.
  • Ask students to write down questions they may have and bring them along so they can ask a Museum Educator.
  • Suggest some books to familiarize students with art and artists in general, and artists from the Museum's collections in particular.
  • Divide the class into small research groups to develop students' roles as "specialists" on a certain topic.
  • Please review the Museum rules and manners section below with students and chaperones.


Post-Visit Activities for Your Class

  • Print one of our post-visit worksheets and use it with your students to reflect upon your experiences.
  • Have students record their experiences at the Museum in a journal using language and/or images.
  • Send examples of students' reactions to their Museum visit, such as drawings or letters, to the Division of Education.
  • Review the pre-visit experience chart to see which predictions were true and what new ideas students learned.
  • Create a class mural about the trip by passing around a large sheet of paper so students can write or sketch their impressions of the trip.
  • Have students research any issues or questions that came up during their tour.
  • Complete and return the evaluation form that was included with the confirmation.
  • Talk to other educators about the visit, and think about how the Museum can be used as a resource to enhance classroom learning.
  • Ask students to tell their parents about their trip to the Museum. Suggest they return to the Museum with their families and remind them that admission is "pay what you wish" on Sundays.

Plan to come back soon!


Museum Rules and Manners

Prior to your visit, please review the Museum rules with students and chaperones.

Out of respect for yourself, other visitors, and the art:

  • Keep your hands to yourself—do not touch the art. The oils, salts, and acids in our sweat can damage art. Keep a safe distance (18 inches or about an arm’s length) from art, walls, platforms, and cases.
  • Backpacks and large bags (larger than 16 x 16 x 8 inches) must be checked in. Smaller bags may be carried on one shoulder or handheld.
  • Food, chewing gum, and drinks are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Be respectful of other Museum visitors by using an inside voice when walking through the galleries. No yelling.
  • Cell phones must be put on silent while in the galleries. Please put away your phone during your tour so you can help us with your students.
  • Photography is permitted without flash in most galleries.


For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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