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K–3 Collection Tours

These lessons are intended for younger students. Museum tours are designed as interactive lessons that encourage students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities, including discussions, worksheets, and small group work. Expect to visit approximately three to five galleries during your tour.

Correlations between Museum lessons and Academic Standards:
Pennsylvania State Standards | NJ State Standards | Common Core State Standards

  • Around the World

    Take a trip around the world with art as your guide. Students explore the art of several cultures as they journey through the Museum’s period rooms and galleries. Tell us the country you are studying, and we will make sure to visit a related gallery.
  • People, Places, and Things

    Artists often take inspiration from the people, places, and things around them. During this lesson, students explore portraits, still lifes, and landscapes while thinking about how artists express their ideas and feelings about the world around them.
  • Learning to Look

    How can young students learn to see more when they look at art? This lesson leads students through finding, measuring, pretending, and describing activities geared to make them better observers of both art in the Museum and the world around them.
  • Stories in Art (grades 1–3)

    Sometimes when art speaks, you want to talk back. Students join the conversation and discover a wealth of stories art can tell as they explore paintings, decorative arts, and sculptures through a variety of structured looking, writing, and role- playing activities.
  • Artists and Nature

    How have artists been inspired by nature? During this lesson students look at works of art from around the world and discover how artists have explored, described, and even included the natural world in their art. Students have a chance to respond to nature themselves through writing and drawing activities.
  • A is for Art Museum (grades K–1)

    Inspired by the Museum’s children’s book A is for Art Museum, this lesson offers a fun, alphabetical introduction to the Museum. Through a variety of looking, describing, and imagining activities, students will explore the collection while reinforcing their ABCs.
  • Art Museum Opposites

    Up, down, in, out, big, small . . . this lesson uses the Museum’s children’s book, Art Museum Opposites, as a springboard for talking about art by comparing and contrasting. Students will take part in a variety of fun looking, finding, and describing activities as they find “opposites” in the Museum’s collection.

    A is for Art Museum and Art Museum Opposites will include several works featured in the mentioned books that are on view at the time of your visits, as well as some new works for students to explore.

Increase the impact of your Museum trip by having a pre- or post-visit distance learning lesson! Distance-learning lesson booked in conjunction with a field trip to the Museum are half price ($50). For details and lesson topics, please visit Distance Learning.

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