School Tours

School tours

Tours of the Collection | Gallery Guides | Tours of Temporary Exhibitions

Join us for guided tours

  • All school tours complement the Common Core Standards: K-5 and 6-12.
  • School tours are available Tuesday through Friday.
  • Fees for tours are $5 per person. Scholarships are available on request.
  • To book a tour and to answer all questions, please contact Mary Ann Monley at 585.276.8974.
  • Additional Information

Tours of the collection

Animals in Art

Discover the Gallery’s own animal kingdom through artworks that explore animals’ amazing attributes,
homey habitats and roles in significant stories from many cultures. Come armed only with keen senses
and animal facts.

Curriculum Connections: Art, ELA, Science, Social Studies

Grade Level: Elementary


Attributed to M. W. Hopkins, Pierrepont Edward Lacey (1832 - after 1860) and His Dog, Gun

Attributed to M. W. Hopkins
Pierrepont Edward Lacey (1832 – after 1860) and His Dog, Gun

Art and ELA: Storytelling

New tour for the 3rd and 4th grades, developed by MAG and the Rochester City School District.

Curriculum Connections: Art, ELA

Grade Level: Elementary



Art History

Trace the numerous styles and themes explored by artists over the centuries, and the materials favored
by various cultures, using representative artworks in the Gallery’s collection. Tours may focus on any
aspect of art history; please discuss your objectives and plans with the docent during the pre-visit call.

Curriculum Connections: Art

Grade Level: Secondary


Students viewing 20th century American Art, Photo by Gary Graham

Photo by Gary Graham

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Based on the popular book by E.L. Konigsberg. Explore a real art museum like Jamie and Claudia (but only for an hour, not for a week), view and compare artworks similar to those described (but no bathing in the fountains) and imagine being a character in the story. This tour is particularly appropriate as a culminating activity for a class reading project.

Curriculum Connections: Art, ELA
Grade Level: Elementary


Photo of the Vanden Brul Pavilion, Henry Moore's Working Model for Three Piece No. 3: Vertebrae forground right, Albert Paley's Convergence, background

Henry Moore’s Working Model for Three Piece No. 3: Vertebrae (foreground) is one of the stops on this tour.

Genesee Journey

Follow the stories of upstate New York, Rochester, and the Memorial Art Gallery itself through artworks in the Gallery’s collections. Portraits, landscapes and decorative objects all provide a glimpse into aspects of American life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Curriculum Connections: Art, ELA, Social Studies
Grade Level: Elementary, Secondary


Asher Brown Durand, Genesee Oaks

Asher B. Durand
Genesee Oaks

Learning to Look: An Introduction to the Gallery

What is an art museum? What can you learn by looking at an artwork? Students of all ages explore the Gallery’s collections through finding details, learning new vocabulary and sharing their own observations.

Curriculum Connections: Art, ELA, Social Studies
Grade Level: Elementary, Secondary


students working with art materials in the classroom

Students working with images from the Gallery’s collection in the classroom before a tour

Many Faces, Many Places

Travel through time and space and hone observational skills on a cross-cultural world tour. Come face-to-face with artworks such as masks, paintings and statues representing cultures from major world regions, including the Arctic, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, ancient Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa.

Curriculum Connections: Art, ELA, Social Studies
Grade Level: Elementary


Makonde Crest Mask (Lipiko)

Crest Mask (Lipiko)

Passport to the Past

Explore universal themes of civilization such as writing, religion and burial customs by examining the
Gallery’s collections from the ancient Near East, Egypt, East Asia, Greece, Rome and Medieval and
Renaissance Europe. Experience the thrill of interpreting and comparing real artworks and artifacts
500 to 5,000 years old.

Curriculum Connections: Art, Social Studies (Grades 6, 9, AP World History)
Grade Level: Secondary


Roman Togatus statue

Togatus statue

Sacred Stories, Myths and Legends

“Listen” to artworks with a story to tell, “hear” how culture influences art and “see” how beliefs and stories pass down through narrative and symbolic art. Compare and contrast ancient beliefs and living traditions from diverse cultures, including medieval Europe, ancient Egypt, traditional Africa, Buddhist Asia and the indigenous Americas.

Curriculum Connections: Art, ELA,Social Studies

Grade Level: Secondary


Thai Head of a Buddha

Head of a Buddha

Gallery guides

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Tours of temporary exhibitions

Broaden your students’ vision, as well as your own,
through tours of special exhibits drawn from museums
around the world and from MAG’s own collections. Preview current & upcoming exhibitions and then contact Mary Ann Monley at 585.276.8974 to schedule a tour.