K-12 School Tours

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Make The Mint Museum your classroom! The Museum’s school tours engage students in inquiry-based experiences with art that strengthen curriculum connections and develop visual literacy skills. Tours support the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the Common Core Standards.

Guided tours are led by trained Museum docents and last 60 – 90 minutes. Bilingual Spanish tours are available upon request.

Choose Your Tour

  Mint Museum Uptown Tours

LEARNING TO LOOK: ELEMENTS OF ART

GRADES K–2

Students will learn how artists use line, shape, color, and texture to create works of art. Students will express their personal opinions, interact with others, and think critically as they engage with art and learn how to thoughtfully respond to images.

EXPERIENCE CRAFT

GRADES 3–8

Through gallery discussions and hands-on activities, students will discover the different materials and techniques artists use to create works of art in the Mint Museum’s Craft + Design collection.

EXPERIENCE CRAFT: STEAM CONCEPTS

GRADES 3–8

How do science and craft intersect? Through close looking and Craft + Design gallery activities, students will gain a greater understanding of how an artist’s knowledge of the properties of clay, glass, metal, wood, and fiber contributes to the creation of a work of art.

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

GRADES 3–8

How do artists use color, narrative, setting, tone, and characters to tell a story? Students will have the opportunity to observe and analyze works of art, arriving at possible narrative interpretations of each piece.

AFRICAN AMERICAN ART & IDENTITY

GRADES 3-12

Explore how African American artists search for identity, reclaim their heritage, and express values and issues fundamental to their time. Students will analyze and interpret African American artwork with regard for the social and political contexts in which the art was created.

  Mint Museum Randolph Tours

LEARNING TO LOOK: ELEMENTS OF ART

GRADES K–2

Artists use line, shape, color, and texture to create dynamic works of art. Students will learn how and why artists across time, place, and cultures use these elements to communicate with the viewer.

PORTRAYING POWER

GRADES 3–12

How do artists communicate power? Students will consider the ways in which art conveys information about status, power, and identity.

ART OF ANCIENT AMERICA

Take a journey through Mexico, Central, and South America to discover the cultural traditions of ancient societies. Students will make visual connections between works of art and reflect on the cultures that created them.

ART & CREATIVE WRITING

GRADES 9–12

Discover how art can spark a writer’s imagination and how writing can help one better understand art. Students will look closely at works of art and respond with creative writing.

THE ART OF READING

In this tour, students will draw connections between visual art and literature. Choose from one of three books: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, or The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Each tour includes a book discussion and gallery tour of works of art related to the historic events, social customs, and cultural traditions depicted in the book.

Group Size

School tours may have no fewer than 10 students and no more than 60 students. The museum requires one adult chaperone for every 10 students. Groups of special needs children must provide a smaller student to chaperone ratio. Teachers and chaperones must be at least 18 years of age and are responsible for the conduct of their students in the museum.

Group Fee

The charges for school groups depend on the amount students.

10 – 20 Students $30
21 – 35 $60
36 – 50 $90
51 – 75 $120

Title I Schools receive free admission. Teachers please let the Tour Coordinator know that your group is from a Title I school when booking your tour. Adult chaperones receive free admission for all school tours.

Ready to book your visit?

Request a Tour
Appointments are required for guided and self-guided group visits to the Museum. School tours must be scheduled 30 days in advance.

K-12 School Tour Hours

Wednesday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM

Prepare for your Visit

1. View detailed information on special exhibitions on the Mint Wiki page.

2. Review our school group guidelines or self-guided group visit guidelines, and share them with your students and chaperones.

3. Use our KWL Chart to frame your museum experience.

4. Review our Frequently Asked Questions.

After School Camp and Community Youth Tours

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Group Size

Guided and self-guided visits may have no fewer than 10 students and no more than 60 students. The museum requires one adult chaperone for every 10 children. Groups of very young and/or special needs children must provide a smaller student to chaperone ratio. Chaperones must be at least 18 years of age and are responsible for the conduct of their students in the museum.

Group Fee

Guided and self-guided tours cost $6 per child. Fees include the price of admission. Adult chaperones receive free admission. Cancellation fees may apply.

Preparing for your visit

After School Visit Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to book your visit?

Request a Tour
Appointments are required for guided and self-guided group visits to the Museum. Tours must be scheduled 30 days in advance.

Tour Hours

Guided Visits

Wednesday 11 AM – 8 PM
Thursday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM – 5PM
Sunday 1:30 PM – 4 PM

Self-Guided Visits

Wednesday 11 AM – 8 PM
Thursday – Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 1 PM – 4 PM

College Tours

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Group Size

Guided and self-guided visits may have no fewer than 10 and no more than 60 participants.

Group Fee

The charges for college groups depend on the amount students.

10 – 20 Students $30
21 – 35 $60
36 – 50 $90
51 – 75 $120

Fees include the price of admission. Cancellation fees may apply.

Preparing for your visit

College Visit Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions

Once you’ve requested a tour, the tour coordinator will reach out to you within 48 hours. For questions, please contact Julie Olson Anna, Tour Program Coordinator at 704-337-2043 or via email.

Ready to book your visit?

Request a Tour
Appointments are required for guided and self-guided group visits to the Museum. Tours must be scheduled 30 days in advance.

College Tours

Guided Visits

Wednesday 11 AM – 8 PM
Thursday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM – 5PM
Sunday 1:30 PM – 4 PM

Self-Guided Visits

Wednesday 11 AM – 8 PM
Thursday – Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 1 PM – 4 PM