Private Group Tours

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The Worcester Art Museum is not currently booking onsite, private group tours. For questions, or to book a private virtual group program, please call 508.793.4338 or email

For additional interest, online public Zip Zoom Tours are scheduled every other Wednesday, and public Arms and Armor Presentations are live on Facebook every Saturday.

Student and Youth Groups

With museum-trained docents as your guides, visit our permanent collections and special exhibitions to explore the history of visual arts and their link to language arts, history, social science, mathematics, and other disciplines. Our tours are designed to assist students of all ages and abilities to develop their visual and thinking skills while engaging in inquiry and observation. Add art to your STEM curriculum with a STEAM tour, or let us design a tour on a topic of your choice. Popular topics include American Art and Culture; Animals in Art; Arts of Asia; Echoes of Antiquity; Medieval and Renaissance; or Museum Discovery.

Guided tours for groups of ten or more are available Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 10am. A maximum of 80 students per visit is recommended. Tours are generally one hour in length unless otherwise requested. Self-guided visits are welcome during public open hours but advance notice is required.

Groups are asked to provide one chaperone for every 5 preschoolers, 10 elementary students, or 12-15 secondary students. Accompanying adults are responsible for supervising the group at all times.

Tour fee: $5 per student. Includes general admission.
Worcester Public School students: Free.
Chaperones: Free.

Group Tour Scholarships are available for schools in need of financial assistance. Interested groups should complete the Tour Scholarship Request Form and submit to the Museum's Education Division.

Combine your tour with a Gallery/Studio Workshop or
an Arms and Armor Presentation… or both!

Adult Groups

With museum-trained docents as your guides, discover the delights of our permanent collections and special exhibitions! Private tours are available for groups of 10 or more. After your tour, consider lunch in the Museum Café!

Tour fee: $16 per person. Includes general admission.

College and University Groups

Extend your college or university classroom into the Museum with a docent-guided tour!

Tour fee: $14 per person. Includes general admission.

Many local schools have also joined the museum as Institutional Members to provide them with free admission for students, faculty, and staff on tours and independent visits. Learn more about Institutional Membership.

Self-Guided Groups

Self-guided visits are welcome for all age groups, but advance reservations are strongly encouraged in order to avoid possible conflict with other guided tour groups.

Tour fee: $14 per person. Includes general admission.

See also: Public Tours