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 $7 per person (students and adults). Scholarships are available on request.
  • To book a tour and to answer all questions, please email or call 585.276.8974.
  • Students are welcome to visit the Gallery Store with an adult chaperone when the Gallery Store is open.
  • Please arrange for one adult chaperone per 10 students.
  • Self-guided tours are welcome but must be booked in advance.
  • Tours are 60 minutes long; 45 minutes for pre-K-1st grades.
  • Tours are led by volunteer guides called docents. One will contact you to learn about your students and expectations for the tour.
  • If accommodations are needed for any students, please let the docent know.
  • Requests for tours in American Sign Language, French, German, and Spanish are welcome.
  • Additional time beyond the tour for drawing and writing exercises must be requested in advance.
  • School Tours Manners & Directions

Tours of the collection

Animals in Art

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

details shown: Greek, Horse on an Openwork Stand,750—700 BCE; Attributed to Jefferson Gauntt, Portrait of Sophia Josephine Dixon, ca. 1850-1860; Marriage Chest, German, late 15th century; John Sloan, Chinese Restaurant, 1909.

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

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


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

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


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

Genesee Journey

Asher Brown Durand, Genesee Oaks
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 B. Durand
Genesee Oaks

Learning to Look: An Introduction to the Gallery

students working with art materials in the classroom
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 images from the Gallery’s collection in the classroom before a tour

Many Faces, Many Places

Makonde Crest Mask (Lipiko)
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


Crest Mask (Lipiko)

Passport to the Past

Roman Togatus statue
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


Togatus statue

Sacred Stories, Myths and Legends

Thai Head of a Buddha
“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


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 email or call 585.276.8974 to schedule a tour.