The ABC’s of Group and School Tours.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limited access during our hours of operation, the Museum is currently unable to offer docent led tours to groups.  This includes adult tours and school tours.


School Tours
We are working on creating virtual field trips for our school programs K-12 and hope to launch these in the fall. See below for examples of the School Tour descriptions prior to COVID-19. Please keep an eye on our Museum Tours link for updates or contact the Education Department at or Patrick Bochy at to learn more and to book a virtual field trip for your students.

Self-Guided Group Visit
If you wish to schedule a self-guided visit, please be aware that these will be limited in size due to our timed ticketing procedures. If you would like to discuss or schedule a group visit, please contact Randall Oaks, Director of Visitor Experiences & Events, at

Please note that during this time, the majority of the Museum’s staff continues to work remotely and cannot be reached by phone and email is the most effective way to get in touch with us. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

School Tours
The Museum offers many docent led, interactive, activity-based, age-appropriate tours that utilize the Museum’s collection of American art from 1750 to the present day. Many of the tours can be a continuation of lessons learned during a Museum Outreach presentation, or they can stand alone.

The Museum encourages classroom teachers to collaborate with the Museum’s Director of Education & Visitor Engagement in the development of special focus tours.

Tours vary in length and depend on the age of the group and subject matter.

  • Kindergarten–Grade 3: Tours are generally one to two hours
  • Grades 4–12: Tours vary in length from two to four hours

School Tours for Grades K-12 are free. Transportation for public school may be subsidized through private funding. For details, contact the Museum. Please arrange for one chaperone for every 10 students.

For more info, contact the Museum’s Education Department at 724.837.1500, x119 or


Curriculum-Based School Programs – Every Picture Tells a Story: Exploring Pennsylvania Through Art
The Museum currently offers a signature program that integrates classroom learning resources and museum tour with the Pennsylvania History curriculum for public schools. Originally designed for fourth graders, this program is appropriate for any elementary grade to provide essential elements for student learning in History and the Arts and Humanities, meeting Academic Standards 8.2.6 Pennsylvania History; 9.2.5 Historical and Cultural Contexts; 9.3.5 Critical Response; and 9.4.5 Aesthetic Response.

This program explores The Westmoreland’s Southwestern Pennsylvania landscapes and Scenes of Industry works—to teach students about their state’s history, including the changing of the landscape from agricultural to industrial. The Museum offers a flexible approach to building a program that best suits individual school or classroom curriculum. Participation in the program includes:

  • A 20-minute video, along with teacher guide, lesson plans and classroom activities, which will be sent to your school to introduce students to this program and prepare them for their Museum visit
  • Docent guided tour of the Southwestern Pennsylvania landscapes and Scenes of Industry works (a variety of activities to enliven the tour are available. Please contact the Education Department at
  • An art lesson in the studio. Students will create a landscape featuring a steel mill and other signs of industry. Art supplies are included.
  • Transportation for public school may be subsidized through private funding. For details, contact the Museum. Please arrange for one chaperone for every 10 students.