The Heard Museum offers children’s educational tours and optional bonus tours with hands-on activities designed to help students learn more about Arizona tribal communities. School tours are offered to grades K-12, Monday through Friday. Self-guided school groups are welcome seven days a week. All guided tours are approximately 45 minutes.
Looking for adult group tour information? Please visit our Group Tours page.
The school tours program is made possible with the support of the following sponsors:
|Docent-led Tours||Guided Activity & Tours||Self Guided Tours|
|Guided groups will be assigned 1 guide for every 20 students|
|What is it?||Tours conducted by Heard Museum guides||Guided tour and in-classroom take home activity||Lead your students through the galleries independently. All students are required to stay with chaperones for this tour option.|
K–6: Morning only
7–12: All day
K–12: 9:30 a.m.
or 10:30 a.m.
K–12: All day
|Chaperones||1:7 for grades K–8|
1:10 for grades 9–12
|1:7 grades K–8||1:10 for grades 8–12|
|Max. Number of Students||Up to 120||Up to 70||Up to 80|
|Tour Length||45 minutes||2 hours||Up to 1 hour|
|Cost||$20 guided tour fee per 60 students||$20 guided tour fee per 60 students|
$5 activity fee per child
|$20 self guided tour fee per 60 participants (students and adults)|
HOME: Native People in the Southwest
Students K-12 Grade
HOME: Native People in the Southwest highlights the ancestral and present-day Native people of the Greater Southwest. This exhibition shows a wide array of artifacts including pottery, baskets and Hopi katsina dolls.
|Grade 3||Grade 4||Grade 5||Grade 6|
Highlights of the Heard Museum
Students 7–12th Grade
Highlights of the Heard takes students into every gallery in the museum. Students learn about each exhibition's theme, and one or two artifacts in each gallery are highlighted. A variety of cultures and art forms are "highlighted" but not discussed in detail.
Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories
Students 7–12th Grade
Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories traces the history of the U.S. government’s efforts to “kill the Indian and save the man.” The exhibition highlights the arrival of students, their classroom work, dorms and extracurricular activities. Many multimedia stations enhance the experience. Recommended for older students and adults.
Visit our Teacher Resources page to download the accompanying curriculum packet.
David Hockney's Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry
Students 3-12th grade
David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry highlights the impact that Yosemite has had over time and space on artistic production, from the valley’s original Indigenous inhabitants to one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
For more information visit: heard.org/hockney
To book a school tour, click the blue button below to fill out our School Tour Request Form. You must fill out the online form. Faxed requests can no longer be accepted. For K-12 students only. Click here to book an adult tour.
Walk-in school groups with no advance notice pay regular museum admission; $9 per student and $20 per adult.
Familiarize yourself with the Heard Museum before your visit and make sure your have completed the following list: