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 (please contact tour-coordinator for times). Pre-K students must opt for a Self-Guided tour. All guided tours are approximately 45 minutes.

Looking for adult group tour information? Please visit our Group Tours page.

School tours are supported by Target and APS.


School Group Tours Contact

Cassandra Lofgreen
Education & Scheduling Coordinator

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: A.M. only
7–12: All day
K–12: 9:30 a.m.
or 10:30 a.m.
Every day
K–12: All day
Chaperones1:7 grades K–8
1:10 grades 9–12
1:7 grades K–81:10 grades 8–12
Numbers 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 Peoples of 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 exhibit shows a wide array of artifacts including pottery, baskets and Hopi katsina dolls.

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 exhibit'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.

Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience
Students 7–12th Grade

Download the School Tour Packet for Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience

Remembering Our Boarding School Days: The Boarding School Experience traces the early history of the U.S. Government’s efforts to “kill the Indian and save the man.” The exhibit highlights the arrival of students, their classroom work, dorms and extracurricular activities. Many multimedia stations enhance the experience. Recommended for older students and adults.

Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit

Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit
Students 9-12th Grade

Tours available Nov. 15th, 2018 to Jan. 27, 2019

Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit will explore the surprising and little-known story of how Inuit people and culture inspired one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Henri Matisse. Included in the exhibition will be works by Matisse that have not been publicly shown in the United States, and will reunite dozens of stunning Yup’ik (Native Alaskan) mask sets that have been separated for more than a century.

The exhibit will feature original artwork by Henri Matisse, Yup’ik masks, cultural objects, photographs, film, and ephemera, and will explore the shared creative impulses that transcend time and culture by examining the unexpected connection between the Great Master and the people of the Arctic.

Preparing For Your Visit

To book a school tour, click the blue button below to fill out our Tour Request Form. You must fill out the online form. Faxed requests can no longer be accepted.

Walk-in school groups with no advance notice pay regular museum admission; $7.50 per student and $18 per adult.

Ordering Student Box Lunches

Order box lunches for your student group by downloading the form below. 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.

Familiarize yourself with the Heard Museum before your visit and make sure your have completed the following list:

Group Reservations

Interested in bringing your group for a personal guided tour?

Learn more about adult tours →

Contact the Education Department

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