School Visits


Museum visits for K-12 schools introduce NOMA’s diverse permanent collection and featured exhibitions. Engaging with works of art encourages students to make observations and build connections.

1. Select Guided or Self-Guided Visit

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

Self-Guided Visits Tuesdays – Fridays beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Design and lead your own tour of NOMA. Visual art, language arts, history, science and math can be explored in 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 and suggestions for gallery discussions and activities. Available year round.

2. Select Your Tour Topic
Choose from our thoughtfully designed 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.

3. Make Your Reservation
School group visits to NOMA are available Tuesday – Friday. Please arrange your visit at least two weeks in advance. E-mail or call (504) 658-4100 to schedule your visit. Please have the following information ready:

• Group leader’s name
• 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 for Guided Visit or Self-Guided Visit


FREE for scheduled school groups, including students, teachers, and one adult chaperone per 10 students


Reimbursement of travel expenses for qualifying schools in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes is generously underwritten by Elizabeth and Willy Monaghan. 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) 658-4100
F(504) 658-4199


Visual Art Approach

Elements of Art Introduce students to the ABCs of art — line, color, shape, form, texture, space, and value. Students examine the ways that artists utilize these basic elements to create a boundless visual language.
Methods & Materials Investigate the relationship between an artist’s ideas and techniques. Students discuss how objects are made as they compare and contrast different media such as painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, or ceramics.

Language Arts Approach

What’s the Story? Construct the elements of a story and guess what could happen outside of the frame. Characters, setting, and plot are identified throughout the galleries as students construct stories from works of art in NOMA’s collection.
Describe it! A picture may be worth a thousand words, but how do we describe what we see? Students develop observation skills and build descriptive language as they use synonyms and adjectives to describe the artwork before their eyes.

Social Studies Approach

Continents and Cultures Travel the world and get acquainted with a variety of cultures. Students discuss how people on different continents have used the materials available to them to express themselves and interpret their environment.
My Country, My State Explore the history of the United States and Louisiana. Our rich cultural heritage is highlighted as students consider how artists represent place while investigating objects from different eras of our nation’s history.