Tour & Explore Art Museums
Whether your students are 3, 13 or somewhere in between, a field trip to an art museum can be fun and educational. For preschoolers, an art museum visit can be eye-opening. For older kids, the trip can draw connections with history, literature, even math — and inspire students to create their own works of art. Read on to discover more about fascinating collections, tour offerings and supplements for teachers at area museums.
Opens May 2012 at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Phila., PA 19130
What You’ll See: Thirteen galleries featuring 19th & 20th century paintings by famous artists including Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso. The upstairs galleries are closed as the museum prepares for its 2012 move to Philadelphia, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Field Trip Facts: Guided tours for grades K-12. Specific curriculum tie-ins are available by request.
406 Federal St., Dover, DE
What You’ll See: Paintings, sculptures, illustrations & furniture, with a special emphasis on artists from the coastal region of Delaware, Maryland & Virginia
Don’t Miss: Early 20th century illustrations of pirates, Native Americans & book covers of Robin Hood and Treasure Island in the Frank E. Schoonover gallery.
Field Trip Facts: Tours catered to various ages. Every tour includes an introduction to the museum, tour of the permanent collection and an overview of the temporary exhibition.
Contact: Beccy Cooper, educational programs coordinator, 302-674-2111, ext. 101; email@example.com
1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford, PA
What You’ll See: American art, with a focus on works from the Brandywine Valley and the Wyeth family
Don’t Miss: “Den Den,” a pig depicted in life size in Jamie Wyeth’s Portrait of Pig
Field Trip Facts: Tours catered to various ages, from preschoolers to college students, on topics related to art, the environment, history, language arts and geometry.
Teacher Extras: Planning materials provided. Offers teacher workshops.
Contact: Jane Flitner, associate educator, 610-388-8382, firstname.lastname@example.org
30 Centre Square, Easton, PA
What You’ll See: How Crayola crayons are made. Kids are encouraged to make art — and even draw on walls — in dozens of hands-on displays and activity areas.
Don’t Miss: Eco lessons that can be learned in “A Green Idea,” an exhibit focusing on Crayola’s use of solar energy
Field Trip Facts: Field trips here are best for grades 1-4. A trip to the National Canal Museum is included.
Contact: 610-515-8000, email@example.com
2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington, DE
What You’ll See: 19th and 20th century American art and illustrations, and the largest British Pre Raphaelite collection (works from 1800s England that were inspired by art from the Middle Ages) in the U.S.
Field Trip Facts: Guided tours catered to various ages, from preschoolers to college students. Get a general overview of the permanent collections or choose a specific focus, like American art, contemporary art or Victorian life. Art activities available for grades 6 & younger by request. Additional fee applies.
Teacher Extras: Offers professional development programs & workshops.
Contact: Cynthia Smith, 302-351-8514, firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a group tour. Contact Courtney Waring, director of education, 302-351-8509, email@example.com for more information on exhibitions or teacher programs.
2200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, DE
What You’ll See: Constantly-changing exhibits — more than 30 in a year — in various media, from paintings to crafts and video art
Field Trip Facts: Guided tours of the gallery for grades K-12. Art-making activities and tours of artist studios also available. Offers special tours with math, geography, social studies,
science and English curricula connections, and tours focusing on art inspired by nature.
Contact: Zoe Bachman, 302-656-6466, ext. 7106; firstname.lastname@example.org
1214 Arch St., Phila.
What You’ll See: “New work in new materials,” including sculptures and textiles.
Don’t Miss: The Fundred Dollar Bill Project. Kids can draw their own version of a hundred dollar bill to participate in this national initiative. The bills will be hung on a giant gallery wall, then traded for a real $3 million to help stop lead poisoning across the U.S.
Field Trip Facts: Guided tours for grades 7-12 at the Fabric Workshop & Museum and grades K-12 at The New Temporary Contemporary, a separate space with additional exhibits and installations. Students tour the galleries and participate in a hands-on activity and discussion.
Teacher Extras: Online curriculum
Contact: Christina Roberts, head of education,215-561-8888, ext. 247; email@example.com
18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, NJ
What You’ll See: Contemporary art in a museum and 200+ works in an outdoor sculpture park
Don’t Miss: Seat of Sound by Daniel Goode and Robert Cooke, a permanent collaborative sculpture with iron, brass, aluminum and wood components arranged into a system of gongs that kids can play as a musical
Field Trip Facts: Docent-led tours for all ages. Specific curriculum tie-ins are available by request, such as connections between literature and art, or science and art. When possible, students receive a small souvenir at the end of the tour.
Teacher Extras: Planning materials provided.
Contact: Yoriko Franklin, tour coordinator, 609-586-0616, firstname.lastname@example.org
138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, PA
What You’ll See: Art of Bucks County and Pennsylvania. There are more than 2,500 pieces total, including a collection of almost 60 Impressionist paintings, plus other paintings, photographs and drawings, along with sculptures in an outdoor garden.
Don’t Miss: The largest painting at the Museum, the 22-ft. A Wooded Watershed mural of the Delaware Water Gap by Daniel Garber.
Field Trip Facts: Tours catered to various ages, from preschoolers to grade 12. Choose a tour of the permanent collection or special exhibitions. Additional art studio and language arts activities available by request. Additional fees apply.
Teacher Extras: Downloadable lessons and curriculum guides. Offers continuing education programs.
Contact: Melissa Sandquist, 215-340-9800, ext. 124; email@example.com
733 Lily Lake Rd., Oceanville, NJ
What You’ll See: 19th to 21st century fine and folk art, with an emphasis on New Jersey and regional art
Don’t Miss: The Young at Art Gallery, which displays works created by students in South Jersey schools. To sign up your class, contact the education department.
Field Trip Facts: Tours catered to various ages, from preschoolers to grade 12. Take a general tour or focus on a specific theme, such as folk art, or “Meet the Artist” during special presentations for students by working artists.
Contact: 609-652-8848, ext. 303; firstname.lastname@example.org
118-128 N. Broad St., Phila.
What You’ll See: 19th and 20th century American paintings, sculptures and works on paper
Field Trip Facts: Tours for grades K-12. Choose from topics with connections between art and language arts, American history, ecology, architecture and science.
Teacher Extras: Planning materials provided. Offers continuing education programs and workshops.
Contact: 215-972-2069, email@example.com
26th St. & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Phila.
What You’ll See: More than 225,000 objects, spanning ancient art to contemporary pieces from America and around the world
Don’t Miss: The life-size Japanese Teahouse structure in the Asian Art gallery on the second floor, part of the permanent collection and a favorite experience for kids. Through June 5, the Museum exhibits Roberto Capucci: Art Into Fashion, featuring colorful dresses and pieces incorporating abstract materials, like glow-in-the-dark beads.
Field Trip Facts: Tours catered to various ages. Preschoolers have a picture book read to them, look at works of art that relate to the book and make art projects. School-level students explore works of art in connections to classroom curriculum. Activities include group discussions, worksheets and drawing and writing activities.
Teacher Extras: Buy or borrow teaching poster sets and kits. The Wachovia Education Resource Center offers resources, workshops and in-service programs for teachers.
Contact: 215-684-7587; see School Visit Lesson Request Form
1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville, NJ
What You’ll See: More than 7,000 objects in the Museum of American Glass
Don’t Miss: The world’s largest glass bottle (it’s more than 7 ft. tall and holds 188 gallons!) and the “What Is It?” collection of strange items made from glass, such as an iron, a bird feeder and shovels
Field Trip Facts: Tours for students in grades K-12 include a visit to the Museum of American Glass, Glass Studio Show, Ceramics and Woodcarving Studios, Down Jersey Folklife/Education Center. Hands-on activities, such as ceramics and beadmaking, are available by request. Additional fees apply.
Before You Leave: Browse and shop for handmade gifts, homemade treats and classic toys in the Museum Stores.
Contact: Beverly Narbut, office manager/group tours, 800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800, firstname.lastname@example.org
9201 Germantown Ave., Phila.
What You’ll See: Works primarily by Philadelphia area artists, in the setting of a historical Victorian mansion
Don’t Miss: Student art in the Helen Millard Children’s Gallery. Rotating exhibits are usually collaborations with local schools.
Field Trip Facts: “PhilArtdelphia” program, for grades 1 through college, combines visits to the museum with in-classroom programming. Curriculum tie-ins include history, literature, music and writing.
Teacher Extras: Slide registry of artworks available for loan. Offers workshops.
Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.