School Tours

The Museum welcomes your students for tours any time during the year. Tours are available for all ages and grade levels. Tours are cross-curricular, integrating visual art with other core content such as math, language arts, social studies, and science. All tours support West Virginia educational standards in these subjects.

How do I schedule a tour?

Contact Cindy Dearborn in the Education department at (304) 529-2701, Ext. 315, or via e-mail at [email protected]. Please schedule your tour at least two weeks ahead of time.

When are school tours available?

School tours are scheduled Tuesday through Friday throughout the academic year. Tours are available at 9:30 am and 10:45 am. Each tour lasts approximately 75 minutes. All tours for pre-K through middle school offer a hands-on, art-making component.

How much do tours cost?

All school tours offered by the Museum are free of charge.

If you have a particular area of interest that is not addressed by our list of tours, contact the Education Department to discuss the possibility of the Museum developing a customized tour. There may be costs associated with a customized tour.

Young Explorers

During this hour-long pre-K tour, children will be immersed in a range of activities that address Early Learning Standards. Tour guides will engage the children in listening and speaking while viewing artwork. Gallery projects will provide opportunities for children to practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills. And, art making in the hands-on studio space will encourage creativity, imagination and self-expression.

Dates: Year round
Grade Level: Pre-Kindergarten
Curriculum connections: Early Learning Standards

For Teachers

Art Parts

This general tour highlights art from the Museum’s permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions. As students tour through the Museum, they will become familiar with and begin to recognize the “parts of art”: elements of art and principles of design.

Dates: Year round
Grade Level: All grades
Curriculum connections: Visual Art, Reading and Language Arts

Look, Listen, Move – Arts Integrated

This tour integrates three areas of art, and is offered to Cabell County fourth-grade classes. Marshall University Professor Steve Hall and 4th Avenue Arts partner with the Museum to provide this immersion into live music, dance, and visual art.

Dates: September and October
Grade Level: Cabell County fourth grades
Curriculum connections: Visual Art, Music, Dance, Reading and Language Arts

For Teachers


Celebrate the season with your students at the Huntington Museum of Art! During this festive tour, children will view holiday art, enjoy storytelling, sing and make colorful art to take home.

Dates: December
Grade Level: Pre-K through first grade
Curriculum connections: Visual Art, Reading and Language Arts

Add It Up

This is an integrated art and math tour which utilizes the Museum’s permanent collections and tropical conservatory. It is an activity-filled tour that demonstrates to students how art and math merge in real life. Students enjoy counting, estimating, graphing, recording and tessellating during their tour.

Dates: Year round
Grade Level: Third grade
Curriculum connections: Visual Art, Math, Reading and Language Arts, Social Studies

This program is presented with support from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

For Teachers

A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words

Designed in cooperation with area Advanced Placement Literature teachers, this tour creates opportunities for high school students to recognize connections between literature and visual art. Includes studio-based art making.

Dates: Flexible during school year
Grade Level: High school – AP Literature students
Curriculum connections: Visual art, Reading and Language Arts

This program is presented with support from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

Walk in the Woods - Nature Trail Tour

This 90 minute tour is on a trail located in over 40 acres of land retained in its natural woodland state. The trail is well marked and maintained, with a variety of inclines from nearly flat to gently sloping to steep. Nature docents will lead your class on a guided tour, pointing out woodland flora and fauna. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes – no flip-flops, clogs or sandals allowed!

Dates: flexible during the school year
Grade Level: All grades/ages
Curriculum connections: Physical Education, Science