K–12 School Groups
From ancient Assyrian reliefs to portraits that chronicle American history, the Mead’s collection is a rich and accessible resource for teachers and school groups.
The Mead offers two types of visits for K-12 groups:
- themed tours and resources through our new Mission Mead program,
- custom gallery experiences tailored to fit your group’s interdisciplinary interests.
Guided tours are available Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Tours cannot be scheduled on Mondays, when the museum is closed to the public. Weekend visits may be available if booked at least four weeks in advance.
For groups of 30 or more students, please schedule more than one tour. We encourage visiting schools to rotate larger groups between the Mead and another activity at Amherst College (such as a visit to the Beneski Museum of Natural History).
For more information or to schedule your group’s visit, contact Keely Sarr.
Slated to launch in January 2015, our new Mission Mead program will offer themed tours and digital resources for school groups. Explorations of works of art at the museum are paired with engaging art-making activities, discussion questions, and related images available on the Mead’s website.
Our pilot Mission Mead programs include Expedition Archaeology: The Art of the Ancient World (K-6), The Music of the Mead: Art and Sound (all ages), and Painting a Nation: Exploring American History through Art (7-12).
A limited number of teachers in the Amherst area may also schedule a classroom session, complete with a pre-visit presentation and art-making activities, with a Mead educator prior to a trip to the museum.
To book your Mission Mead tour for Spring 2015, please make a reservation through our group visit form.
In the spirit of interdisciplinary arts education, Mead staff will work with you to develop a tour that focuses on the curricular theme or subject of your choice.
Previous themes for custom tours have included explorations of colonialism and imperialism appropriate for young learners, the art of wartime propaganda, the rise of linear perspective in painting, and many more.
If you are interested in a customized visit to the Mead, please contact Keely Sarr at least four weeks in advance of your proposed date.