Youth Tours

Youth Tours

A Transformative Art Experience

Guided Youth Tours

The Newport Art Museum welcomes youth and school groups of all ages.  Our expert staff and trained Gallery Guides are dedicated to providing you and your students with the very best and most meaningful educational experience.  Programs are specifically tailored to meet your needs and carefully blend art, history, cultural context, architecture, and visual literacy into engaging visits that are aligned with national Common Core Standards.


Our “Learning to Look” gallery talks enhance learning and 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 tours last approximately 75 minutes (includes check-in, orientation, and tour.)  Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.


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.   


Enhanced Tour Options

Art-making at the Coleman Center

Enrich students experience further with hands-on art-making at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies.  During this experience, students explore the Museum with a guided tour and then investigate new materials and processes with a hands-on and content-related art making activity.   An art-making session adds approximately forty-five minutes to the guided tour length.  Additional per student fee applies to cover material costs.  Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.


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.  Additional flat fee applies to cover staffing costs.  Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance, and must coincide with a guided tour.


Discounted Group Admission Rates

For groups of 10 or more. Does not include Gallery Guide fees.

     $5/student (age 6-college)

     $4/student for Newport County schools and groups (age 6-college)

     Teachers and chaperones admitted free


Guided Tour Gallery Guide fees

One Gallery Guide is assigned for every 20 students, at $25 each


Art-Making fees

$3/student Materials Fee for Art-making activity at the Coleman Center

$250 fee for Coleman Center Art Instructor on site Pre-lesson



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 $10 per adult.  Chaperones are responsible for the behavior and wellbeing of all children in their group.



Gallery Guide fee is due two weeks prior to the tour date and is non-refundable.  Please send check (made payable to Newport Art Museum) or pay with credit or debit card.  Final payment of admission charges and art-making fees (if applicable) must be paid 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. 



The Newport Art Museum has on-site parking for a limited number of cars and encourages car-pooling for larger groups.  The Museum can accommodate coach busses.


Campus Accessibility

The Newport Art Museum's three-building campus includes the John N. A. Griswold House, the Cushing Memorial Gallery and the Gilbert S. Kahn Building, which houses our art school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. All three buildings are accessible to visitors using wheelchairs, walking aids, children's strollers or service animals. Our south parking lot off Downing Street provides easy access to all Museum buildings and grounds. Ramps on the south side of the Griswold House and the north side of the Cushing Gallery are accessible via the south lot, and provide access to the Griswold Houses' automatic doors.