K-12 School Tours
The Art Museum of West Virginia University welcomes students from Pre-K through grade 12 to help foster a well-rounded education and expose children to the arts. We work with you to customize your experience and tailor a tour to your students’ needs, interests, and abilities.
School group tours are completely free. However, schools must arrange and secure funding for their own transportation. Partial reimbursement is available through the Abby Robin Jacknowitz Travel fund (see request form).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is covered in a Museum tour?
The Art Museum of West Virginia University features a rotating series of exhibitions. The tours change with each exhibition, but also with each group. We can give a general tour that focuses on inquiry and how to look at art, but we can also customize the tour based on your curriculum. In the past we have given tours that connect to: West Virginia History; The study of habitats and natural environments; The American Civil Rights movement, and more!
When should I request a tour?
The earlier the better! Due to scheduling and personnel limitations, we require at least three weeks’ notice to plan a tour. The more notice we have, the more likely you are to receive your preferred tour dates. This is especially true in the spring, when many schools are interested in field trips.
How much does a field trip tour cost?
School tours are completely free, thanks to the generosity of Museum donors. Likewise, the Abby Robin Jacknowitz Travel Fund was established to defray the cost of transportation to the Art Museum. You can apply for reimbursement for your district’s bus fees when you fill out the tour request form.
How many students can I bring?
The Art Museum accommodates 50 students at a time. If you wish to bring more students, we can schedule multiple visits. We ask that there be at least 1 adult teacher or chaperone for every 12 students.
How long does a tour last?
Tours typically last between 2 and 2.5 hours. This includes a tour of our gallery spaces as well as a hands-on art making activity. Schools are also welcome to bring bag lunches to eat in our Museum Education Center in order to avoid restrictions with school cafeteria schedules.
What do my students need to know before coming to the Museum?
Once your visit has been confirmed, please review the Museum Etiquette Page with your students. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for helping us to ensure the safety of the art and the students during the tour.
Where should we instruct buses to bring the students?
Buses should drop students in front of the Museum Education Center at 2 Fine Arts Drive. A representative from the Museum will meet the bus and escort you inside. From there, buses can proceed to lot 70 (see below), where there is space for them to park and turn around.
Once your visit has been confirmed, please review the Museum Etiquette Page with your students. On your tour day please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled tour to allow time for buses to unload students.
Buses should drop students in front of the Museum Education Center at 20 Fine Arts Drive. From there, buses can proceed to lot 70 (see below), where there is space for them to park and turn around.
Request a TourFill out the K-12 Tour Request Form
A member of museum staff will contact you shortly to confirm the details of your visit.
Questions? Contact Heather Harris, Educational Programs Manager at Heather.Harris@mail.wvu.edu.