School Tours | Heard Museum

School Tours

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:

Major sponsors

APSPetSmart logoSalt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community


Arizona LotteryScottsdale League for the Arts

School Group Tours Contact


Learn more about School Tours at the Heard

 Docent-led ToursGuided Activity & ToursSelf Guided Tours
Guided groups will be assigned 1 guide for every 20 students
What is it?Tours conducted by Heard Museum guidesGuided tour and in-classroom take home activityLead 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.
Every day
K–12: All day
Chaperones1:7 for grades K–8
1:10 for grades 9–12
1:7 grades K–81:10 for grades 8–12
Max. Number of StudentsUp to 120Up to 70Up to 80
Tour Length45 minutes2 hoursUp 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)

School Tour Options

HOME: Native People in the Southwest
Students K-12 Grade

Download the School Tour Packet for HOME: Native People in the Southwest

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.

Home: Native Peoples of the Southwest Social Studies Standards

This tour meets the following state standards for social studies.
Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6
S1- C1-PO2
S1- C1-PO3
S1.C1. PO5
S1-C3- PO1

Highlights of the Heard Museum
Students 7–12th Grade

Download the School Tour Packet for Highlights of the Heard Museum

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

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:

Pictured: David Hockney, Yosemite I, October 5th 2011 (detail)
iPad drawing on four sheets of paper (46 3/8 x 34 7/8" each), mounted on four sheets of Dibond
Edition of 12, 92 3/4 x 69 3/4" overall
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt
Collection The David Hockney Foundation

Preparing For Your Visit

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:

Ordering Student Box Lunches

Order box lunches for your student group by downloading the form above.
NOTE: A 50% deposit is required at time of placing order and full payment requires 24 hours before visit. Payment can be made with credit card, check or purchase order.

Contact the Education Department

For more information, contact the Heard Museum’s Education Department by email at

School Tours

Does your school currently have Title I status?

If you answered “yes,” did you know that you can get your museum admission and transportation covered if you book your trip through Act One?
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