In-Person School Tours

The Walters Art Museum offers in-person tours for PreK-12 school groups in the galleries, with opportunities for either docent-led or self-guided experiences.

The Walters Art Museum offers in-person tours for PreK-12 school groups in the galleries, with opportunities for either docent-led or self-guided experiences. Registration for both is required. One chaperone per group of ten students is required for both docent-led and self-guided tours. We can accommodate groups of up to 80 students for all docent-led tours. If you have more than 80 students, we encourage you to sign up for a self-guided tour using the tour registration form

Tours are FREE. A voluntary contribution of $7 per student will help us sustain educational programs for our communities. The Walters is pleased to offer a limited number of bus stipends for Title I schools throughout the state of Maryland, through the form of reimbursements for partial or full bus expenses. For more information, please contact [email protected]

In-person guided tours are 75 minutes  long and are offered on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.  A minimum of ten students  is necessary for a docent-led tour, with a maximum of 80 students.

Self-guided tours are offered  at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Our afternoon slot is flexible, and you can request your preferred time on our registration form.

After you complete your tour registration form, you will be contacted by a Walters staff member to confirm details within five business days.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

Discover our In-person Tour Themes

Ancient Cultures 

Recommended for grades 2-12. This is the tour formerly known as the Ancient World. Examine artifacts that reflect the art, mythologies, culture, and daily life in Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Students will partake in an in-depth exploration of ancient cultures, as well as discuss the roles of ancient and contemporary community members such as leaders, teachers, protectors, and families. 

Telling Stories in Art

Recommended for grades K-12. Use visual clues to decode and interpret stories and themes expressed in works of art, as well as analyze narrative elements including setting, character, and plot. 

Animals in Art 

Recommended for grades PreK-3. Explore the different ways that artists depicted real and imaginary animals and habitats in paintings and sculptures throughout the centuries. Discuss use of the elements of art—lines, shapes, colors, and textures—in this exploration.


All school programs at the Walters are free. Please consider supporting the mission of the Walters to connect the community with art, with a suggested donation of $7 per student.

Parking and Transit

Please review the parking and transit information before your visit.


Please cancel your registration at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour by emailing [email protected].


Please email [email protected].

School programs at the Walters are funded through the generous support of Herman C. Bainder, The Ruth Carol Fund, City of Baltimore, B.J. and Bill Cowie, Citizens of Baltimore County, The Delaplaine Foundation, The Harry L. Gladding Foundation / Mr. and Mrs. Neal D. Borden, The Goldsmith Family Foundation, Ro & Marius P. Johnson Charitable Legacy, Inc., Howard County Government and the Howard County Arts Council,  L’Aiglon Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland State Department of Education, Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, Charles A. and Lois H. Miller Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. John J. and Jean Peters Pilch Memorial Fund, The Ruth T. Rauch Early Childhood Program Fund, The Rauch Foundation, Nora Roberts Foundation, The Ludwig and Nancy Sternberger Charitable Foundation, Toyota Financial Services, Truist Foundation, Venable Foundation, The Walters Women’s Committee Legacy Endowment, and the Gladys Winter Fund for Teacher Programs.


Your confirmation will include the date and time for your tour.