Tours and programs

Explore the Kemper Art Museum's current special exhibitions and world-renowned permanent collection with a docent-led, educator-led, or self-guided tour. The Museum offers thematic tours exploring a variety of topics, or teachers, working with a museum educator, can tailor their tour to fit specific classroom lessons.

Our education staff and docent guides are trained in inquiry- and activity-based teaching, so they will work to actively engage your students through discussion, questions, and activities. At the Museum, your class will focus on a selection of works that best address the goals of your visit. Through discussion with their peers, teachers, and Museum guides, students will be challenged to look closely and think creatively about original works of art.

The Missouri Arts Council (MAC) offers the Big Yellow School Bus grant for student field trips to any MAC-funded institution, including the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. For information contact Julie Hale at or 314.340.6853. The Museum also has funds available for buses. For more information, contact Allison Taylor, head of education and community engagement, at or 314.935.7918.

Schedule a Visit

To schedule a visit, fill out the K–12 visit request form. Review the School Groups FAQ before bringing your students to the Museum. Questions? Contact Amy Miller, assistant educator, at or 314.935.5624.

Permanent Collection Thematic Tours

Art Basics | grades K–2
An introduction to art elements (including color, shape, line, texture, and
space) for younger students.

Faces and Places | grades 2–8
An exploration of the deeper meanings of portraits and landscapes.
Students will see and describe how artists represent people and places
both past and present.

Narratives in Art | grades 4–12
A discussion of how artists tell stories with images. Students will practice
putting their interpretations into words through group discussion and
through creative and descriptive writing.

Materials, Media, and Methods | grades 4–12
An exploration of the relationship between an artist’s subject matter
and materials. Students will learn about a variety of artistic materials
and methods—both traditional and unusual—in sculpture, painting,
photography, and prints.

Looking at Architecture and Space | grades 6–12
Students will explore the relationship between the structure and purpose
of buildings through a discussion-based tour of the Mildred Lane Kemper
Art Museum building, built in 2006 by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect
Fumihiko Maki.

STEM | all grade levels
An exploration of the ways science, technology, engineering, and math are related to art. Students will learn both art and STEM concepts through an arts integrated approach. Download an outline of the STE(A)M Tour.

To see the applicable Missouri Grade Level Expectations for each tour, download the Permanent Collection Thematic Tours flyer  >>