Tampa Museum of Art
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
Docent-led tours at the Tampa Museum of Art focus on connecting students with the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. They inspire an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking and viewing skills to connect the art on view with their studies and their own life experiences. Volunteer docents lead tours based on current museum pedagogical theory and classroom curricular standards.
The artifacts and artworks on view in our antiquities galleries span broad geographical areas across more than a millennium (from well before 500 BC to after AD 500), in media ranging from black-figure and red-figure pottery to sculpture in terracotta, stone, and precious metal.
Our rotating modern and contemporary calendar features a wide variety of artwork including artists Chuck Close, Ralph Goings, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Mernet Larsen, and more.
Art and… Tour Themes
Students are encouraged to use critical thinking and viewing skills to connect with the art on view with the students’ classroom curriculum and to discover how it relates to their studies and life experiences.
Art and Looking:
Look close and discover the meaning, media, and inspiration behind the artwork. Focus on modern and contemporary art and/or ancient art to have meaningful conversations about the artwork on view.
Art and Storytelling:
Discover the stories behind the objects. Practice your story telling skills by examining visual representations of well-known myths and real world events and using the artwork to inspire new stories.
Art and the Ancient World:
Focus on the iconography and objects of the ancient Greeks and Romans as you explore The Classical World. Learn about Greek and Roman artifacts within their artistic, social, religious, economic, and political contexts.
We offer 8 different tour themes. Each is designed to align with a specific course curriculum. If you have a specific Florida Standard you would like to achieve during your visit, we are happy to work with you. Our greatest strengths are in Visual Arts, Language Arts and Social Studies (Ancient Civilizations).
45-60 Minutes in length and can begin as early as 10am.
The maximum number of students in the galleries at one time is 60.
Groups interested in seeing only one exhibition are capped at 30 students.
Large groups are divided into smaller groups of 10-15 and led through the galleries.
Groups larger than 60 can be accommodated by staggering lunch times in the adjacent Curtis Hixon Park.
Bus parking is conveniently located directly across from the Museum on Gasparilla Plaza.
Study Guide/Activity Guide:
Activity and study guides can be made available upon request for our antiquities collection.
Tours are free for K-12 students and school groups receive one free adult for every 10 students.
All additional chaperones and teachers are $15 for adults and $7.50 for FL educators.
The bus is on us! Book a tour to the Tampa Museum of Art and through our Art Line Bus Grant program, we will cover the cost of your transportation. Art Line is made possible by the Corbett Family Foundation, the Tampa Yankees Foundation, and Suncoast Credit Union.
Tours must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance, on a first come, first served basis.
A School Tour Request form is available on the website at www.tampamuseum.org/School-Tour-Request.
For any questions or concerns, please contact Jessica Hatfield, Tours Educator, at 813.421.8385 or at firstname.lastname@example.org