School Group Tours

Through artworks in the galleries, students can journey into a world of exciting images and ideas, and gain understanding and appreciation of art and artists. These engaging, interactive learning experiences:

  • are appropriate for students of any grade level.
  • are linked to Common Core Curriculum Standards.
  • encourage students to observe, ponder, discuss, and learn about art works on display.
  • tie in with other pertinent areas of the classroom curriculum.

Contact 215-972-2054 or with questions. 



Schedule your tour online by filling out the School Tour Booking Form, or call 215-972-2054 or e-mail


Regular Admission Prices

Tour for Students: $6
Tour Philadelphia Public  & Charter School students: $3
We are happy to provide free passes for teachers to visit the museum in advance of any trips.
Please inquiry about our bus subsidies for Philadelphia Public & Charter schools

Art-Making Lesson for Students: Several art-making lessons for students are available as add-ons to a gallery tour, including print-making and drawing lessons. Prices vary based on the size of the group, so please inquire about availability.

Tour Topics

Tours last for sixty to ninety minutes, depending on the topic. Please fill out a TOUR BOOKING FORM and we will reply within the next week in regards to availability.

Museum Tours 2017-2018:

The African American Experience: 

Observe and discuss the African American artists in PAFA’s permanent collection from early twentieth century painter Horace Pippin to contemporary mixed media artist, Mickalene Thomas.  This tour addresses themes in American history, race and social justice. (5th - 12th) 

Let's Look: 

An introductory tour to an art museum for early learners.  Students will learn about museum manners, look at works of art, and discuss elements of color, line, and shape. Storytelling, interactive activities, and artmaking give students a variety of tools to engage with PAFA's collection. (Pre-K to 1st)

Let's Look for Special Needs:

PAFA provides unique programming for children with diverse ranges of abilities and learning styles including those on the autism spectrum as well as those with varying physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive differences.  Tours provide multi-sensory and tactile opportunities in a safe environment.  (Special Needs and Autistic Support) 

Natural Wonders: 

Explore the American landscape through the eyes of artists and learn to draw elements of nature, explore weather patterns in paintings, and discuss environmental changes. Students engage with multi-sensory learning to fully engage with the environments they discover. (2 - 8th)  [PDF icon] Natural Wonders Classroom Activity.pdf

New Ideas, New Methods:

 Discover new ways artists use surprising materials and techniques, and enable students to exercise visual and cognitive skills as they develop confidence in their own arguments and interpretations. Learn how contemprary artist translate social issues like climate change, race relations, and gender. (4th - 8th) 

Picturing America 1740 - 1900: 

Learn about our country’s history by discussing paintings of William Penn, George Washington, Charles Willson Peale and other early American icons. Learn about important symbols in American painting artists' used to emphasize our nations democratic values. Tour meets significant goals in the National Common Core curriculum standards. (2nd - 8th) 

Telling Tales: 

Students will uncover the stories in paintings through comparing and contrasting, poetry writing, and drawing. Buidling descriptive language skills is emphasized through interactive discussions of objects. Students learn about the artist as an "author" and different points of view in a narrative. Tour meets significant goals in the National Common Core curriculum standards. (2 - 8th)

Women in Art: 

From large ceramic sculpture to detailed pencil drawings, women artists in Linda Lee Alter’s Collection at PAFA’s reveal a diverse array of objects for students to explore. Tours examine work by the women artists of the19th century who pioneered the field all the way through contemporary artists working today and invite discussion about selfhood, social justice, environmentalism and motherhood. (5th - 8th)

Related Teacher Services

PAFA offers a number of other related teacher services including a Summer Academy for Teachers and Educator's Evenings, which preview important new exhibitions for area teachers.

Subsidized Transportation

Support for Bus Costs: Generous grant-funding has enabled PAFA to subsidize bus transportation costs for School District of Philadelphia public and charter schools. Funds are allotted on a first come, first served basis each year to a wide variety of public schools.