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.
Education & Scheduling Coordinator
|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.|
Kâ€“6: A.M. only
7â€“12: All day
Kâ€“12: 9:30 a.m.
or 10:30 a.m.
Kâ€“12: All day
|Chaperones||1:7 grades Kâ€“8|
1:10 grades 9â€“12
|1:7 grades Kâ€“8||1:10 grades 8â€“12|
|Numbers 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 Peoples of 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 exhibit shows a wide array of artifacts including pottery, baskets and Hopi katsina dolls.
Highlights of the Heard Museum
Students 7â€“12th Grade
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 7â€“12th Grade
Remembering Our Boarding School Days: The Boarding School Experience traces the early history of the U.S. Governmentâ€™s efforts to â€śkill the Indian and save the man.â€ť 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
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 centuryâ€™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 Yupâ€™ik (Native Alaskan) mask sets that have been separated for more than a century.
The exhibit will feature original artwork by Henri Matisse, Yupâ€™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.
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.