School Groups

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) offers a variety of inquiry-based educational tours for K-12 school groups. MAD's tours are custom designed and taught by our Artist Educators. All tours align with city, state and national learning standards. 

During each tour, students will:

  • Make connections to classroom experiences and current events.
  • Experiment with art, craft and design processes to consider how objects are made.
  • Explore careers in art, craft and design.
  • Visit our Open Studio floor and meet residents in our Artist Studio.

Group Tour Options

MADlab tour and workshop

This 90-minute interactive program begins with an inquiry-led discussion in the galleries, and continues with a visit to the Open Studio MADlab where students learn about contemporary art, craft, and design through hands-on art-making and interacting with our artists-in-residence.

MAD tour

During this interactive program, students spend time in the galleries investigating exhibition themes, curatorial decisions, art concepts and current events through observation and discussion, sketching and other customized engagement activities. 

Non-guided (high school only)

Enter the gallery in groups for pre-arranged visits. Please note this program is for high schools only; Non-MAD staff is prohibited from lecturing in the galleries.

Tour Details


MADlabs and MAD tours are offered Monday through Friday all year round.


10:30am, 1:00 pm or 3:30pm

Group size and chaperones 

Each tour can accommodate up to 30 students and 5 adult chaperones. One chaperone is required per ten students. 

Costs (include Museum admission and all materials) 

  • $105 advance flat fee for NYC public schools
  • $180 fee for NYC private schools,  community organizations and schools outside of NYC
  • Title  I schools are free under the Arts Access program

Cancellation policy

Requests must be made in writing no fewer than three weeks in advance of your schedule visit. Requests made with less than three weeks’ notice will incur a processing fee $105. Please email your requests.

Pre- and post- visit information 

To make your museum experience more enriching and meaningful, we strongly encourage you to download and use our Teacher Resource Packets in the classroom before as well as after your museum visit.
Reservations (one month in advance)

Book your visit today by completing this reservation form.

Additional information

For questions, please call the Education Department at 212.299.7771 or email

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School Groups are supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.