Free public tours are offered as follows:
Permanent Collection: Sundays, 2:00 p.m. with museum admission. Special Exhibition: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. when museum admission is free.
The Meadows Museum welcomes and highly values student groups visiting the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions. We require that reservations be made at least three weeks in advance. Please be advised that all requests are subject to availability.
Tours are conducted by experienced Docents who are passionate about art. They will facilitate the students’ gallery experience by encouraging an exchange of ideas that might include the cultural, historical, or aesthetic aspects of art. Tours can be structured around permanent collection highlights or special exhibitions. Spanish-speaking Docents are available upon request and are also subject to availability. All Docent-guided tours last one hour.
To learn more about the Meadows Museum Docent Program, please click here.
The Meadows Museum also welcomes self-guided student groups visiting our permanent collection as well as our special exhibitions. Reservations for self-guided tours are required two weeks in advance and are subject to availability.
Teachers requesting self-guided tours for their students are required to schedule a time in order to prevent overcrowding in the galleries. The Museum asks that self-guided groups yield to tours being conducted by Museum Staff and Docents.
Guidelines for Docent-Guided and Self-Guided Permanent collection and special exhibition tours for grades K-12
- Group Size: 10-75 students per hour; 1 chaperone for every 10 students
- Tour times: During regular business hours (depending on availability)
Tuesday – Friday 10:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
- Fees: Docent-guided tours are $1.50 for everyone in the group
- There is no admission fee for scheduled self-guided who book their tour two weeks in advance.
- See our website for a link to our self-guide materials on portraits from the permanent collection, which will enable you to prepare your students for your visit: www.meadowsmuseumdallas.org
Booking your Visit
Contact the Education Coordinator
Before you request a visit, please check testing dates, holidays, and bus availability.
When calling or emailing, please be prepared to provide:
- Your name as contact as well as your school or group name
- Your contact phone number and email address
- Number of students and number of chaperones (we require one adult for every 10 students)
- Grade level and age range of students
- Preferred dates and times (remember we are closed on Mondays)
- Two alternate dates and times (in order to get your date of choice we suggest you schedule far in advance. We require that all groups make reservations at least three weeks in advance for Docent tours and two weeks for self-guided groups)
- A confirmation will be sent to you once your booking is final. It will be sent to the email address you provide us at the time of your booking. Please review this form carefully.
- A week before your visit, please confirm the date, time and the number in your group with the Education Coordinator at 214.768.2740 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please note that your reservation time marks the beginning of your visit. A Docent or a staff member will greet the docent-guided groups in the foyer of the museum. You must check in with the front desk with a final count for your group when you arrive for your tour.
- Self-guided groups will check in at the front desk. We ask that you give a final count for your group at that time.
Cancellations and late arrivals
- If you must cancel, contact the Education Coordinator immediately. If it is after your scheduled time, contact the box office at 214.768.8587.
- Docents are not asked to wait longer than 20 minutes for late arrivals, and if this happens your tour may be shortened in order to accommodate the museum schedule.
Tours are conducted by experienced Docents who are passionate about art. They will facilitate the students’ gallery experience by encouraging an exchange of ideas that might include the cultural, historical, or aesthetic aspects of art. Tours can be structured around permanent collection highlights or special exhibitions. Group size: 10-90 students per hour; 1 chaperone for every 10 students.
Tour Programs Offered:
Learning to Look
Recommended for First Grade – Third Grade
Students will explore the permanent collection, interpreting the stories they see in works of art and identifying basic elements of art. Program length: 60 minutes
Introduction to Spanish Art
Recommended for Fourth Grade and Up
Journey through Spain without leaving Dallas! Students will examine Spanish Masters from the 10th-21st centuries, including works by El Greco, Velázquez, Murillo, Goya, and Picasso.
Program length: 60 minutes
Spanish Language, Spanish Culture
Recommended for Spanish Language Classes, Seventh Grade and Up
Introduce students to aspects of Spanish culture through Spanish language and the Meadows Museum collection. Adaptable for all levels of Spanish language students. Spanish-speaking docents are available upon request and are subject to availability. Program length: 60 minutes
The Form of Things: Sculpture at the Meadows, Workshop Tour
Recommended for Sixth – Twelfth Grade
Observe sculpture from all angles through the Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Collection, located both inside and outside the Museum, and then create your own 3-D work of art. Program length: 90 minutes
Faces of Spain, Workshop Tour
Recommended for First Grade – Twelfth Grade
Students will investigate portraits in the Meadows Museum collection and then create their own portrait in the art studio. Program length: 90 minutes
Create a meaningful museum experience for your students by combining a docent-guided tour with self-guided gallery activities that extend and enrich classroom curriculum. For more information about integrating object-based learning in your teaching, and to plan your visit, please contact our Education Coordinator at 214.768.2740.