Museum Tours for Schools

The Walters Art Museum offers in-person and virtual tours for PreK-12 school groups, with opportunities for either docent-led or self-guided experiences. Registration for all tours is required.

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.

Types of Tours

Guided Tours for Schools

Docent-led tours are 75 minutes long and are offered on Wednesdays at 10:00am and 11:30am and on Fridays at 10:00am. Tours require a minimum of ten students with a maximum of 80. At least one chaperone is required per every ten students. For more information, please refer to our Field Trip Packet. We offer three types of in-person guided tours:

  • Ancient Cultures (recommended for grades 2-12)
  • Telling Stories in Art (recommended for grades K-12)
  • Animals in Art (recommended for grades PreK-3)


Self-Guided Tours for Schools

Self-Guided tours are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30am and on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 1:00pm and 5:00pm. A minimum of ten students are required with a maximum of 80 students. Groups larger than 80 students should plan to visit across multiple dates. At least one chaperone is required per every ten students. For more information, please refer to our Field Trip Packet.


Virtual Tours for Schools

Virtual tours are led by staff educators and offer an in-depth close-looking experience at artworks in the collection, including some that are not on view in our galleries. Tours are discussion-based and involve interactive elements and activities. Each tour is 60 minutes long, and are offered on Thursdays at 1pm. For the best possible conversation experience, we can accommodate classes of up to 25 students and request that students each have a personal device to join from. Virtual tours center around a crucial aspect of our Visitor Promise: that “Art is Conversation.”  We offer two virtual tour themes:

  • Art is Conversation: Ancient Cultures (recommended for grades 2-12)
  • Art is Conversation: Stories in Art (recommended for grades K-12)



Accessibility resources and accommodations are available for tours and you can request them via our registration form or you can email [email protected]. We will make every effort to provide accommodations. For ASL interpretation, we ask for 2 weeks advance notice. The accessibility page provides information on accessibility across the museum.

Parking and Transit

Please review the Group Parking and Transit Information before your visit.

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].


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.