School & Children's Group Visits
Docent-Guided Tours 
Museum tours enrich many areas of school curriculum and can be designed to integrate the study of art with social studies, literature, math, and language.  Docent-guided, grade-appropriate tours are available in the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Click here for a list of popular school tours. With plenty of advance notice, tailor-made tours may also be designed to suit your curriculum needs and special interests. Museum admission and docent services are offered free of charge. Visit times should be requested online four weeks in advance and are not firm until e-mail confirmation is received from Joslyn.

Select tours have an optional hour-long art-making session led by Museum staff on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the academic year. Art-making fee: $50 (up to 25 students); $100 (26–50 students). Click here for details about art-making activities.

Self-Guided Visits
Teachers may schedule time in the Museum galleries to conduct their own tour with students. Visit times should be requested online four weeks in advance and confirmed by Joslyn staff. Docent-guided tour groups have priority over self-guided groups in the galleries. 

Attention Home Schoolers!
Joslyn offers the program, Home School Days, where you may bring your child to the Museum for an engaging docent-guided tour and related art-making session.  Click here for more information.

General Information about School Visits
Docent-guided and self-guided visits may be scheduled anytime during regular Museum hours, as gallery space is available.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
Thursday, 10 am–8 pm
Sunday, noon–4 pm

Note: No group visits will be scheduled from October 27–30, 2015.

Museum admission and docent services are offered FREE of charge.

Art-Making Fee
Up to 25 students – $50; 26-50 students – $100

One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students for docent-guided tours and self-guided visits - no more or less, please. For ticketed exhibitions, the required number of adult chaperones are admitted free of charge. When school groups arrive at Joslyn, they are divided into smaller groups for docent-guided tours; each docent-guided small group must have an adult chaperone – no exceptions. Student behavior in the Museum is the responsibility of the adult chaperones (both teachers and parents).

Please click on the School Visit Request button above. Note: Docent-guided tours and self-guided visits reservations are required four weeks in advance and are not firm until e-mail confirmation is received from Joslyn. If you have questions, call (402) 661-3823 or click here to e-mail Joslyn's Tour Coordinator.

Transportation Grants

Funding may be available to help cover the cost of transportation to Joslyn.

To receive more details, click here to e-mail Joslyn's Tour Coordinator.

Make the Most of Your Visit
Pre-Visit Planning
Post-Visit Suggestions
  • Have students record their experiences at the Museum in a journal using language and/or images. Talk about any questions that students may have.
  • Send examples of students' reactions to their Museum visit, such as drawings or letters, to the Education Department. Reactions and thank-you's remind our donors how much schools value a visit to Joslyn!
  • Talk to other educators about your visit to Joslyn and how the Museum's collection and exhibitions enhanced classroom learning.