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The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) offers inquiry- and thematically-based tours for K–12 school groups, summer camps, and youth organizations. All of MAD's tours align with city, state, and national learning standards, and are custom-designed and taught by our Artist Educators.

Students will:

  • Experiment with art, craft, and design processes to consider how objects are made.
  • Learn about careers in art, craft and design.
  • Experience an orientation to museums and art spaces.
  • Make connections to classroom curricula and current events.
  • Visit MAD’s Artists Studios, where students meet a practicing artist-in-residence.

    Availability

    MADlabs and MAD tours are offered at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm or 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday all year round.

    Group Size and chaperones

    30 students maximum per tour, with up to two tours running concurrently (60 students total). One chaperone is required per ten students.

    Costs (flat fee per 30 students and five chaperones)

    • All programs for Title I schools in NYC are free under the Arts Access program
    • $125 advance flat fee for NYC public schools 
    • $200 fee for NYC private schools, community organizations, and schools outside of NYC
    • Multi-visit sessions: please inquire

    Fees include Museum admission and all materials for each of the tour options above.

    Themes

    Options

    Our flagship program:

    MADlab tour and art-making workshop: 90 minutes
    Begin with an inquiry-based tour in the galleries. Visit the MADlab Studio and learn about contemporary art, craft, and design through hands-on art-making. Meet our artists-in-residence.

    MADlab tour only: 60 minutes
    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 visit (high school only)
    Explore the galleries in groups during one of these pre-arranged visits. Please note this program is only for high school students. Only MAD staff are permitted to lecture in the galleries.

    Multi-visit sessions
    MAD also offers pre- and post-tour in-school visits with a MAD teaching artist. For more information, contact education@madmuseum.org.

    Additional Resources
    To make your museum experience more enriching and meaningful, download our Teacher Resource Packets in the classroom before or after your visit.

    Cancellation Policy
    Requests must be made in writing no fewer than three weeks in advance of your scheduled visit. Requests made with less than three weeks’ notice will incur a processing fee of $125.

    Questions
    For additional questions, contact the Education Department at 212.299.7720 or email groups@madmuseum.org.

    Acknowledgments

    School Groups and Summer Camps 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.

    Arts Access is 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, the Keith Haring Foundation, and the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

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    School Groups and Summer Camps 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.

    Arts Access is 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, the Keith Haring Foundation, and the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

     

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