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1. Select Your Tour Topic

School visits at NOMA introduce students to a variety of highlights from NOMA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Choose from a selection of tours that approach art from a visual art, language arts, or social studies perspective, or visit a featured exhibition. With one month’s notice, you may request a customized tour for your class.

2. Select Guided or Self-Guided Visits

Guided Visits
Spark students’ imaginations with a guided visit to NOMA. Knowledgeable docents engage students in age-appropriate discussions, encouraging creative and critical thinking while addressing a variety of learning styles. Tours are interactive and conversational, and are aligned with state and national educational standards for visual arts, language arts and social studies. Available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m..

Self-guided Visits
Self-guided visits enable you to design and lead your own school visit to NOMA. Visual art, language arts, history, science and math can be explored using NOMA’s extensive permanent collection, compelling temporary exhibitions, and outdoor Sculpture Garden. Use the free Educator’s Guide to the Collection to find information on selected works of art, maps of the museum, and suggestions for gallery discussions and activities during your visit.

3. Make Your Reservation

School group visits to NOMA are available Tuesday – Friday. Guided tours are available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Contact the Department of Interpretation & Audience Engagement at (504) 658-4128 or education@noma.org to schedule your guided or self-guided visit. Please have the following information ready:

• Group leader’s cell phone number
• Group leader’s email address
• School’s name, address, and phone number
• Number of students
• Grade level of students
• Preferred date & time, alternate date & time
• Tour topic


  • FREE for scheduled school groups, including students, teachers, and one adult chaperone per 10 students
  • $5 per student and chaperone visiting the Photography and the American Civil War exhibition


Schools located in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes may qualify for busing reimbursement, generously underwritten by the GPOA Foundation. Download the Bus Reimbursement Form.


Department of Interpretation & Audience Engagement
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park
New Orleans LA 70124
P (504) 658-4128
F(504) 658-4199


Visual Art Approach

Elements of Art What are the ABCs of art? Introduce students to line, color, shape, form, texture, space, and value. This tour explores how artists utilize these basic elements to create a boundless visual language.
Methods & Materials How did the artist make that? Explore the relationship between an artist’s ideas and techniques. This tour will compare and contrast at least three different media, such as painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking or textiles.

Language Arts Approach

What’s the Story? Construct the elements of a story and guess what might happen outside of the frame. Characters, setting, and plot will be identified throughout the galleries as students determine the story in works of art from NOMA’s collection.
Describe it! A picture may be worth a thousand words, but how do we describe what we see? This tour focuses on developing descriptive language as students are encouraged to use synonyms and adjectives to describe the artwork in front of them.

Social Studies Approach

History Detectives Follow the clues as you sleuth through the ages by exploring art objects from NOMA’s permanent collection. The history detectives will discover what it was like to live in a different era as they explore the costumes, objects, and backgrounds in works of art.
My Country, My State Explore the development of the United States and Louisiana. Our rich artistic heritage will be highlighted as students learn how artists represent place by examining artwork from different eras of our nation’s history.

Featured Exhibition Tours

November 13 – January 17
Every Photograph Tells a Story In conjunction with the exhibition Photography at NOMA, this tour explores the variety of photographs collected by NOMA over the past 40 years. Featuring 150 of the most interesting and compelling works in the collection, the exhibition invites viewers to determine the story behind the picture.

January 31 – May 4
Photography and the American Civil War Please note there is a $5/person charge for this exhibition.

February 26 – May 16
The Art of Mel Chin In conjunction with the exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch. Conceptual artist Mel Chin employs a variety of media to create works of art that are often site-specific and include contributions of community members. The retrospective exhibition will encompass four decades of Chin’s work, inviting visitors to question how the idea determines the materials.

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