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"Learning to Look" Guided Youth Tours

Our “Learning to Look” tours blend art, history, cultural context, architecture, and visual literacy for an unforgettable Museum experience. Explore the architecture of our historic buildings, learn more about the social and historical context of the permanent collection, hear about the visionary women who were the force behind the Newport Art Association, and gain insight into artists' motivation, messages and techniques in our changing exhibits. We take an interactive approach to learning and tours can be arranged for any group size and age.

  • Our tour content is customized to expand upon your curriculum and is aligned with national Common Core Standards
  • Tours are led by trained Gallery Guides and experienced art educators
  • Content is specifically tailored to be engaging and age appropriate.
  • We offer pre-tour lessons taught on site at your school by Museum Art Educators
  • We offer interactive gallery activities and content related hands-on art projects

Enhance learning, help students hone their observational skills and strengthen their ability to empathize, analyze, reason and intuit.  Museum Education staff work closely with teachers and group leaders to tailor gallery talk topics to expand upon particular areas of the school curriculum or specific classroom or group projects.  Led by trained Gallery Guides, our Learning to Look tours begin with a brief history of the Historic Griswold House and evolution of the Newport Art Museum before delving into close observation and thoughtful dialogue around a small number of specially selected works of art.  The Museum’s goal is to encourage students to examine carefully, express their impressions descriptively, and enjoy artistic discovery.


Guided ‘Learning to Look” tours last approximately 75 minutes (includes check-in, orientation, and tour.)


Discounted Youth Group Admission Rates

For groups of 10 or more. 


$4/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 the admission price. 


Enhanced Student Tour Experiences

Art-making at the Coleman Center

Enrich students experience further with hands-on art-making at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies.  Following the “Learning to Look” guided tour, students will investigate new materials and processes with a hands-on and content-related art making activity. Learning to Look guided tour and art making session lasts approximately 2.5 hours (includes check-in, orientation, tour and art-making). Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.

$3/student Materials fee


Coleman Center Art Instructor Pre-lesson

Take learning a step further with a Pre-Lesson, allowing students to engage in a more complex art-making project.  Pre-Lessons are led by a Coleman Center Art Educator and are taught right in your classroom or group site. Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance, and must coincide with a guided tour.

$250 Pre-lesson fee




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 guests (less the $50 deposit) must be made in full on the day of your visit.



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


Self-Guided Youth Visits

Small school and youth groups may elect to explore the Museum on their own. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance in order to receive discounted group admission rate, and correct student to chaperone ratio must be maintained.