Guided Tours

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Discover art from the world cultures represented in the Ackland Art Museum’s collections and special exhibitions with a docent-guided visit. Students will engage in interactive, fun activities that reinforce the academic skills and subject matter they are learning in the classroom.

All tour programs are free. Most guided tours are 60 minutes long. A typical docent-guided visit includes four to six works of art. One adult chaperone is required for every fifteen students on docent-guided visits. Ackland guided visits are aligned with the North Carolina K-12 Standards.

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Tours available July 2019 – JUNE 2020

Exhibition-Based Tours

Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art
(30 students; recommended for grades 3 -12)
Tours offered January 31 – April 12, 2020

Discover Japanese art through the lens of two exhibitions Toriawase: A Special installation of Modern Japanese Art and Ceramics and Yayoi Kusama: Open the Shape Called Love.

Collection-Based Tours

Arts of Asia and Africa (30 students; recommended for Grades 4-12)
Discover the central importance of nature, belief, and ritual in the arts and cultures of Africa and Asia.

Arts of Europe (60 students; recommended for Grades 4-12)
Investigate the artistic traditions of European art from classical times to the twentieth-century and consider ways the human figure and the natural world are represented over time.

Modern and Contemporary Art    
(30 students; recommended for Grades 4-12)
Explore how artists have developed new means of expression and experimentation to respond to changes in society and the environment since the late nineteenth-century.

World Cultures  (45 students; recommended for Grades 4-12)
Travel the globe as you discover ways that diverse peoples and cultures from ancient times through the twentieth-century communicate their values and beliefs through artistic expression.

Collection Highlights (60 students; recommended for Grades 4-12)
Experience works of art collected by the Ackland for their strong visual characteristics and their historical significance.

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Grade Level and Thematic-Based Tours

AP Art History Tours
Engage with original works of art in the Ackland’s collection and consider their relationships with works highlighted in the AP Art History curriculum. Students will practice their visual and comparative analysis skills and apply relevant knowledge in group discussions and writing activities.

Guided tour options:

  • Global Connections: Ancient to Twentieth-Century Art
    (90 minute tour; 45 students; Grades 10 – 12)
    Explore artistic traditions of peoples and cultures from around the globe and find common themes that are expressed in objects across time.
  • Art from Asia and Africa
    (90 minute tour; 30 students; Grades 10 – 12)
    Discover the central importance of nature, belief, and ritual in the arts and cultures of Africa and Asia.

Stories in Art (60 students; Grades K-3)
Have fun learning to “read” stories in art from a variety of times and places.

Joy of Looking (60 students; Grades K-12)
Discover the joy of looking carefully, thinking critically, and engaging with works of art from around the world.

Custom Tour (45-60 students; Grades K-12)
Work with Museum educators to create a customized experience for your students to match your curriculum needs or themes you are exploring in your classroom.

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Request a tour now or contact us at or call (919) 962-3342.

The Ackland Art Museum’s programs for K-12 students are supported by the William Hayes Ackland Foundation and members of the Ackland Art Museum. Donations for the Ackland Art Museum and its programs for K-12 students and teachers are always welcome.