Classroom visits are led by professional museum educators who come to your school to prepare students for their trip to the Walters Art Museum. The visits are free for in-state students.*
Visits are available in advance of most school tours and can be customized to connect to classroom learning. Visit experiences are driven by students’ curiosity and include interactive discussion of works of art from the Walters’ collection along with hands-on activities that prepare students for their museum trip.
- Visits are available September through June and last for 45–60 minutes.
- Teachers must be present during all presentations.
- Visits are limited to schools within a 50-mile radius of the museum.
- A minimum of 15 students must be present for an educator to visit your school.
- Classroom visits are scheduled for a Monday or Tuesday in the weeks prior to your scheduled museum visit. Some classroom visits are not available for all grade levels.
To book a classroom visit to accompany your museum trip please complete the school tour registration form and include the “classroom visit” selection. Confirmation letters for classroom visits and museum trips will arrive by email after programs are scheduled.
* While classroom visits are FREE, a voluntary contribution of $3 per student will help the Walters sustain and support educational programs.
Traveling Trunk Program: Walters Across Maryland
This museum resource is designed to serve schools located more than 50 miles from the museum. The Walters Traveling Trunk and all of its contents align with the Common Core State Standards and the Content Standards for Social Studies, Language Arts, and Visual Arts. Designed for grades 5–7.
The Traveling Trunk is FREE and includes:
- Background information on the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome OR Western European, Islamic, and Asian medieval art
- Lesson plans that align with the Social Studies, Language Arts, and Visual Arts content standards
- PowerPoint presentations
- Artifact reproductions
- Photographic reproductions of objects from the Walters’ collection
- Educational books
- Virtual Tour of the Walters Art Museum on DVD
Why use the trunk?
- Enhance your curricula
- Establish an understanding of the important role of visual arts within human history
- Provide artifacts and replicas allowing students to “hold history” in unison with learning about past cultures
- Allow for in-depth classroom exploration of the Walters’ artifacts and different cultures
- Create an environment for student collaboration to discuss and analyze cultures and artifacts
- Teach students to identify, analyze, and make critical judgments pertaining to the art and artifacts
- Relate students’ lives to various past cultures and ideas
- Help students develop their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.