As a teaching museum, we are committed to finding innovative approaches to teaching and learning through art, making connections across disciplines, and building literacy strategies.
Through looking closely at art objects and exchanging ideas participants investigate art history, artistic practices, and the issues raised by the artwork. We work closely with teachers, administrators, and homeschooling parents to shape our programs. We invite you to explore art with us, express your ideas and creativity, and consider the connections between art and our lives.
Booking Your Visit
Everything you need to know before you come to the museum.
Interactive Guided Tours
Guided tours facilitate inquiry-based discussion of the artwork.
Booking Your Visit
All programs are free but reservations are required for guided tours, self-guided visits, and workshops due to limited space. Please contact us at least three weeks in advance. We can reimburse your school for transportation costs up to $125 per visit for a total of seven trips per year. We are happy to help you plan the details of your visit. Call Rachel Heisler at (413) 597-2038 or email.
Check out our visit page for hours, directions, parking, and museum policies.
Groups are welcome to tour the galleries on their own. Reservations are required. Limited to 20 students, with one chaperone for every 10 students. Please plan on dividing your class into small groups, informing students about gallery rules, and discussing artwork with your students.
Tours are interactive and are conducted by our Museum Associates, Williams undergraduates trained to teach with art.
If you are interested in scheduling a guided visit please e-mail Rachel Heisler.
Guides include background information on featured artists and artwork, as well as standards-based pre- and post-visit activities, bibliographies, and more. Downloadable PDF curriculum guides from past tours are listed below. You can use these guides as a resource:
- African Americans and the American Scene Educator’s Guide PDF (PDF 4.5 MB)
- Asco Educator’s Guide PDF (PDF 1.1 MB)
- African Art: Who Can Dance (PDF 373 KB)
- Posing Beauty in African American Culture (PDF 152 KB)
- Photography at the Frontier of Physics and Art (PDF 274 KB)
- Mocha Dick (PDF 262 KB)
- Remington’s Bronco Buster: From Art Icon to Pop Icon (PDF 193 KB)
- Landscapes of the Mind (PDF 1.2 MB)
- Location, Location, Location (PDF 1.2 MB)
- Lincoln to the Nth Degree Tour (PDF 180 KB)
- The Abcds of Sol Lewitt (PDF 676 KB)
Explore the entire museum collection online or select an area of focus with our online education modules, which combine high-quality images of art objects with accessible background information, discussion questions, and hands-on activity suggestions. Current education modules include:
Education programs at the Williams College Museum of Art are made possible by the Eugénie Prendergast Trust. Additional support comes from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.