Guided Tours for Grades K-5
SOL-Based Permanent Collection Tours
Student tours of VMFA’s permanent collection are FREE and run 50 minutes each
Offered the following days and times:
Tue – Fri, 10 am, 11 am, noon
Sat – Sun 11 am, noon
(Later times during the day may be available upon request.)
All tour capacities are based on docent and gallery availability.
Please check out Pre and Post-visit materials that are available for your guided tour. These will help prepare your students for the theme of the tour as well as some of the objects they may see on the tour. We have lots of other resources available at www.vmfa-resources.org.
The Great Outdoors
Artists are keen observers of nature! Safari through ancient to modern galleries and investigate pictorial environments to find many unique plants, animals, birds, and insects. Maximum: 60 students. Pre- and post-visit materials available.
See how artists have portrayed stories and historical events from the past to the present. Examine symbols and their meanings while viewing portraits, landscapes, sculptures, and more!Maximum: 60 students. Pre- and post-visit materials available soon!
China and Egypt
Explore the fascinating world of ancient Egypt and China! Examine the importance of writing, art, and artifacts used in daily life and beyond! Maximum: 40 students. Pre- and post-visit materials available.
Greece & Rome
Discover the worlds of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the contributions they have made globally. Delve into the beginnings of the Olympic Games, daily life, pottery, and rich mythology. Maximum: 40 students. Pre- and post-visit materials available.
West African Kingdoms
Find evidence of power, wealth, family, and symbols from several West African cultural groups. Travel ancient trade routes, discuss natural resources, and see the spectacle of royalty on this tour through our African galleries. Maximum: 40 students. Pre- and post-visit materials available soon!
Greece, Rome, and Mali!
Cross continents to explore three ancient and powerful cultures! Learn how geographical location and environment helped shape ways of life such as trade, culture, and politics. Maximum: 60 students. Pre and post-visit materials available soon!
Discover Virginia’s rich history through art! Students discuss important people, places, and things that reflect the significance of the Commonwealth. Maximum: 40 students. Pre- and post-visit materials available soon!
What does freedom look like? On this tour students investigate how American artists have used their work to grapple with issues such as independence, the abolition of slavery, and women’s rights. Maximum: 40 students. Pre- and post-visit materials available soon!
Get your passports ready for this cruise around the world! Students visit North and South America, Europe, and India. Maximum: 60 students. Pre- and post-visit materials available soon!