Language of Art Tour

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A Collaborative Art & Literary Experience

Redwood Library & Athenaeum and Newport Art Museum

This brand new collaborative guided tour experience is appropriate for school and youth groups of all ages. These interactive, dialogue-driven tours focus on English Language Arts and Visual Art Literacy skills, using the Museum's and Athenaeum's extensive permanent collections as resources.  Programs are specifically tailored to meet your curricular needs and carefully blend art, literacy, history, cultural context, architecture, and visual literacy into engaging visits that are aligned with national Common Core Standards.


Learning to Look & Treasures from the Vault

The Museum’s “Learning to Look” gallery talks enhance learning and help students hone their observational skills and strengthen their ability to empathize, analyze, reason and intuit. The Redwood Library & Athenaeum “Treasures from the Vault” brings rarely seen historic books, illuminated manuscripts, and literature to life.


Museum and Athenaeum Educators work closely with teachers to tailor tour topics to expand upon particular areas of the school curriculum or specific classroom/group projects. Groups spend equal time between both institutions, and includes a brief history before delving into close observation and thoughtful dialogue around a small number of specially selected objects and works of art. Our goal is to encourage students to examine carefully, express their impressions descriptively, and enjoy artistic and literary discovery.


Language of Art Guided tours last approximately two hours and thirty minutes (includes check-in, orientations, and 1 hour tours in each institution.)


Language of Art Guided Tour Admission Rates

For groups of 10 or more. Maximum size for this tour is 60.


$8/student of Newport County Schools

Free admission for teachers, group leaders and chaperones at a ratio of 1 chaperone : 10 students

One Gallery Guide is assigned for every 15 guests, and is included in admission rate.


Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.




A minimum of one chaperone is required for every ten students (K-12).  Student aides and one adult (teacher, parent or other) per every ten students are admitted for free.  Each additional adult is $14 per adult.  Chaperones are responsible for the behavior and wellbeing of all children in their group.

Download our Chaperone Guidelines



A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due two weeks prior to the tour date. Please send check (made payable to Newport Art Museum) or pay with credit or debit card. Final payment of admission charges for the pre-reserved number of students (less the $50 deposit) must be made in full to the Newport Art Museum on the day of your visit.



Arrangements can be made to accommodate students bringing bagged lunches or snacks to enjoy on the grounds, Museum porch, on in the Museum gallery. Requests must be made in advance and are subject to season, exhibition, and classroom space availability.