The ABC’s of Group and School Tours.
Whether you’re coming to the Museum to see our outstanding permanent collection of American and regional art, or one of the many changing exhibitions, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has something to appeal to a broad range of age levels and interests.
Guided tours may be scheduled during regular museum hours and last approximately one hour.
Tours feature the highlights of our Permanent Collection and can be customized to focus on the specific area of interest for your group or organization.
Minimum of 10 participants required for a guided tour.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Director of Education & Visitor Engagement to discuss at 724.837.1500 x119 or email@example.com).
- 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.
The Museum’s Community Room is available for brown-bag lunches and must be reserved when making tour reservations. The museum grounds are also available for lunch, weather permitting.
Students are welcome to visit The Westmoreland Museum Shop following the tour, if time permits. Please notify the Education Department in advance if your students would like to include this option. You can also make arrangements to pre-purchase items for students with the Museum Shop Manager.
For details, contact The Westmoreland Museum Shop at 724.837.1500 x141.
Ready to schedule a guided tour?
All guided tours must be reserved with the Education Department at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Please make reservations as far in advance as possible to avoid scheduling conflicts.
To schedule a guided tour, call 724.837.1500 x110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you call to book a tour, you’ll be asked to share the following information:
- Contact person name, address, phone number and email
- Name of group and number of people in group
- Preferred date and time
- Alternate date and time
- Any special needs (wheelchair access, special learning needs, etc.)
If you must cancel your tour, please call 724.837.1500 x110 as soon as possible. To cancel on the day of your tour, please call 724.837.1500 x116.
Group leaders who would like to lead their own groups of less than 10 through the permanent collection or exhibitions must schedule a self-guided tour with the Education Department by phone or e-mail. This allows us to prepare for the group, and to assure access to all Museum galleries. Please make reservations for self-guided groups at least one week in advance.
To schedule a self-guided tour, contact the Museum’s Education Department at 724.837.1500 x110 or e-mail email@example.com.