Academic Tours and Programs

We invite WashU’s faculty to use the Museum as a laboratory for creative and critical thinking, as a catalyst for conversation, and as a platform for enriching learning.

Faculty are welcome to request a custom-designed tour or select from one of the offerings below.


Curriculum-based Tours 

Museum educators work with faculty to create custom-designed tours that enhance understanding of ideas and concepts, build visual literacy skills, and support arts integration across disciplines.

College Writing 

The Museum offers two programs for students enrolled in "College Writing." The first is an introduction to visual analysis, and the second is designed to help students prepare for their research paper assignment. 

Creative Writing

The Museum offers a visual analysis program specially designed for students of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Art as a Platform for Conversation

The Museum invites faculty, staff, and students to use artworks from the collection to serve as a catalysts for conversations on such complex issues related to identity, discrimination, and civil rights in the United States. View a sampling of works here.

Art of Observation

Collaborations between medical schools and art museums have proved successful in increasing students’ ability to look deeper and practice empathy through experiences with art. This one-hour program reinforces the importance of the art of observation and empathetic communication within the practice of medicine and is open to medical school educators and their students.

To schedule a program, use this form or contact Meredith Lehman, head of museum education, at at least two weeks before the desired date.