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Grades K – 12
Museum tours are interactive lessons that encourage students to observe, consider and interpret works of art from the Hirshhorn Collection and Special Exhibitions.  All tours are designed as interactive lessons with age-appropriate activities including discussion, teamwork and sketching. Expect to visit approximately three to five galleries during your visit. All guided tours are 45 minutes.

Guided Tours: Monday – Friday, 10:30am – 3:00pm 
Self-guided Tours: Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:30pm 

Art Detectives (Grades K-2)
This lesson leads students through interpretive activities such as close-looking, describing, drawing and pretending which help them to better observe painting, sculpture and the world around them.

Magical Media (Grades 3 – 6)
Bronze, marble and condensation?  This lesson explores the wide range of materials that artists have used in the 20th and 21st centuries as they connect their work to the world around them.

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art (Grades 4-12)
This lesson explores how artists from Rodin to Kruger have responded to history and challenges students to imagine how the social changes of our time might inspire the next generation of artistic genius.

Where Art Meets Science (Grades 11 – 12)
The Hirshhorn’s Conservation Department opens its lab to a limited number of high school students with interests in science and art!  In this 90-minute tour students focus on the materials used in modern and contemporary art and the challenges they present to art museum conservators.  This tour takes place in the galleries and behind the scenes in our Conservation Lab.

Self-guided Tours
We encourage school groups to register for a self-guided tour in advance if you are planning to visit the museum. To schedule your visit please fill out this form at least one week in advance. If you have any questions about scheduling a visit for your group, please contact our Education Department at HMSGeducation@si.edu.

To schedule a school group tour, please submit your request a month in advance. To discuss visits, workshops and collaboration opportunities please call 202.633.2822 or email hmsgeducation@si.edu.

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