Plan Your School Visit

⚠️ Due to concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19), all school and group tours are suspended until further notice.

For more information, contact the Learning and Engagement Department at (504) 658-4128 |

Students engage with art from a variety of cultures and time periods when they visit NOMA.  Tours are object-focused and inquiry-based. They encourage students to look closely, build connections, think critically, and share personal perspectives.

ADMISSION is FREE for scheduled school groups, including students, teachers, and one adult chaperone per 10 students. Two weeks notice is required for guided tours, 24 hours notice is required for self-guided groups.

1. Select Guided or Self-Guided Visit


Guided Visits | October 1, 2019 – May 29, 2020

     Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 for K – 6th grades (60 students per session)

     Thursdays & Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 for 7th – 12th grades (60 students per session)

    Tour times can be flexible. Please contact us with your requests.

Knowledgeable docents engage small groups in age-appropriate discussions. Tours are interactive, conversational, and aligned with educational standards for visual arts, language arts, science, and social studies.  We tailor each tour to the grade-level of your class.

Self-Guided Visits | Available during regular museum hours (60 students per session)

Design and lead your own tour of NOMA. Explore visual art, language arts, history, science, and math concepts in NOMA’s extensive permanent collections, compelling temporary exhibitions, and outdoor Sculpture Garden. Explore the online Educator Toolbox  to find information and lessons related to the collection. We recommend visiting NOMA in advance of your class visit to plan for an optimal experience.

2. Select Your Tour Theme

Choose from our thoughtfully designed, guided tour themes that approach works of art from visual art, language arts, scientific, or social studies perspectives, or visit a featured exhibition. With one-month notice, we will create a customized tour to compliment your curriculum. Tour themes are described below.

3. Make Your Reservation

Please arrange your visit at least two weeks in advance. E-mail or call (504) 658-4128 to schedule your visit, or fill in the request at the bottom of this page and our staff will follow up with you to confirm the reservation.

Please have the following information ready:

  • Group leader’s name
  • Group leader’s email address
  • Group leader’s cell phone number
  • School name, address, and phone number
  • Number of students
  • Number of chaperones
  • Grade level of students
  • Preferred date & time
  • Alternate date & time
  • Guided Visit Tour Topic or Self-Guided Visit


FREE for scheduled school groups, including students, teachers, and one adult chaperone per 10 students. Two weeks notice is required for all guided tours, 24 hours notice is required for self-guided groups.


Buses can pull into the circle drive in front of NOMA to drop students off and pick them up. Parking is available along Lelong Drive.

Plan to arrive 5 – 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled tour in order to exit the bus, be greeted by a NOMA staff-member, and get into small groups for tours.


Reimbursement of travel expenses for qualifying schools in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard Parishes generously underwritten by Elizabeth and Willy Monaghan. Download the Bus Reimbursement Application.


Visual Art Themes

Elements of Art Examine how artists utilize the building blocks of art-making — line, color, shape, form, texture, and space — to create a boundless visual language.

Methods & Materials Discuss how objects are made and what decisions artists make to express their ideas. Compare and contrast a variety of media such as paint, clay, glass, and photography.

Language Arts Themes

What’s the Story? Using clues from works of art, students imagine what might happen outside of the frame as they develop stories with characters, setting, and plot in NOMA’s galleries.

Describe it! Students develop observation skills and build descriptive language as they use synonyms and adjectives to describe works of art.

Social Studies Themes

Continents & Cultures Travel the world to meet diverse cultures within NOMA’s galleries. Explore how people all over the world use art to express themselves and interpret their environments.

History Detectives Sleuth through the ages exploring art objects from NOMA’s permanent collection. The history detectives will discover what it was like to live in a different era by exploring details in works of art.

Scientific Themes

Art and Ecology Artists have explored environmental themes in their works throughout the centuries. Search NOMA’s galleries and discuss the relationship of  man to nature.

STEM + Art Explore how artists employ science, technology, engineering, and math to create works of art. How is creative thinking influenced by the sciences and vice versa?

School Visits

Submitting this tour request does not guarantee that your tour has been scheduled. You will be contacted by NOMA staff to confirm your tour request.
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