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Group tour scheduling

Please schedule at least three weeks in advance. Tour bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are two ways to schedule a free docent-led tour:

  1. Use our online request form.
  2. Contact the Museum’s Education Department by phone at 205.254.2964.

You will receive a response to your tour request within 5 business days.  Tours are not confirmed until you receive a confirmation letter by email.

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Current Exhibitions

Afterlife: Asian Art from the Weldon Collection

  • Tour capacity: 30 people
  • Age range: this exhibition is for all ages, but keep in mind that the art in this exhibition is displayed in tall cases and younger audiences may have a hart time seeing
  • Takeaway: each student on this tour receives a free coloring book!


Third Space: Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art

  • Tour capacity: 30 people (60 people if adding Nick Cave Soundsuit studio to the tour)
  • Age range: this exhibition is for all ages, but the content of the exhibition correlates with 9 – 12 grade curriculum
  • Studio add-on: this tour has a limited addition studio component that can be booked in conjunction with the tour!


Tours for students by grade level

Looking for an introduction to art, the Museum, and/or its collections? We recommend Color My World for students in grades K-8, and Discovering the BMA for students in grades 9-12.

Looking for a highly interactive and engaging experience for large groups? We recommend our brand new tour Museum Quest for grades 1-12!

Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12
Tours Below can be adjusted for any grade level
Studio add-on options for tours

The Museum offers hands-on art lessons for students. Book a studio option when you schedule a tour and discover how art comes alive in the hands of your students. Each hands-on component adds approximately one hour to the tour. Studio options are available September through May and are limited to a maximum group size of 60 students.

  • Asian Brush Painting – book with either ImaginAsia or Crosscurrents of Culture
  • Take a Dot for a Walk – book with Color My World
  • The Private Eye – book with Learning to Look, Looking to Learn: Visual Thinking Strategies
  • Experimenting with Perspective – book with Color My World
  • Nick Cave Soundsuit – book with Third Space exhibition


What is the educational value of field trips? Click here to read about how taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills and more.