Plan your group visit to Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

A tour at JCSM engages visitors in discussions about artistic processes and art history, contemporary issues, personal connections, and more. We work with k-12 and university students, community groups, local organizations, and more to connect art with the community.

Our docents, or trained tour guides, help connect your group to our exhibitions on view. If you have a specific theme or topic you would like us to plan for your group, contact Curator of Education Xoe Fiss at or 334-844-8792. In addition to personalizing your tour to best supplement your curricular or visit goals, we can develop and provide resources for before and after your museum visit.

To ensure a small docent-to-visitor ratio, guided tours are available for groups of 75 or less participants. If you would like to bring a larger class or group, we can work with you to schedule visits over a series of days to ensure everyone in your group can enjoy the museum.

Guided visits are recommended for students who are at or above pre-k level and can be scheduled for either a 30 minute, 45 minute, or hour-long tour depending on your needs and grade level. Groups are free to explore the Museum on their own after the tour.

Group Size
We ask that groups have no more than 75 students per visit, with one chaperone required for every ten students.

Visit Schedule
Guided visits are available at any time during our museum hours. While the museum is closed to the public on Mondays, tours may still be scheduled in advance.

All guided tours must be requested at least two weeks in advance.

Hands-On Learning 

In addition to your tour, our education department can work with you to provide a hands-on experience for your tour group. Hands-on learning is recommended for larger tours so that the group can be split into two, smaller groups. An example of a schedule for a larger group of about 60 students visiting for a tour and hands-on may look like:

10:00am: Arrive at JCSM

10:05-10:45: 30 students tour the galleries in small groups, 30 students participate in a hands-on lesson

10:45-11:30: The groups switch activities

11:30: Leave JCSM

Please contact us at least a month in advance to request a hands-on learning component for your tour group.