Using the collections for instruction and research
Our collection of 2,000 artworks provide unique learning experiences and creative prospects that could expand your classroom experience, across a variety of disciplines. With strengths in American modernism including examples of social realism; works on paper reflecting a diverse depictions of the south, including themes of race, religion and class; a collection of 20th century Mexican art; contemporary art and photography that ranges from Andy Warhol to Diane Arbus; a selection of bronzes from Tibet, historical European pieces that range from the 15th to 19th century; and, our Audubon prints and that of other artists who followed or preceeded Audubon in his study of science and nature. We encourage you to take the time to browse the collections page and online database for more information.
If you find works of art in the museum’s permanent collection that you think might be useful in your teaching you can request an appointment for the piece(s) to be made available for study at the museum with a small group of students. This opportunity for direct examination of a work of art which is available to all areas of study enables a unique learning experience as well as inspires understanding of different cultures throughout history.
Tours and self-guided resources
Classes or groups may tour the museum during all hours of operation. Groups of 10 or more should make an appointment to ensure a successful experience and avoid conflicts with other touring classes. Docent led tours of current exhibitions or specific topics can also be arranged for larger groups of 10. We ask that you schedule these tours two weeks in advance. Email our education department with requested dates.