Student Group Visits

Currently, we are not offering onsite guided tours. Onsite self-directed group visits are available for booking. Student groups must be limited to 25 or fewer attendees. This includes students, siblings, teachers and adult chaperones. If you have more than 25 people, you will need to break up into smaller groups of 25 or less and stagger your entry, with each group entering a few minutes apart. Groups should plan to rotate through the galleries and remain separated while on museum grounds.

Covid-19 Guidelines

Following K-12 guidance in Virginia, the museum strongly recommends the use of masks for all participants and faculty/staff in early childhood, youth, and teen classes, programs and tours. Along with mask recommendation, VMFA will mirror K-12 school COVID-19 safety guidelines within studios and classrooms, including social distancing and frequent cleaning. Unvaccinated visitors ages 2 and up should wear a mask while at the museum.

Visit our online Resource Center! Here students, educators, and families can find resources for classes, home, museum visits and more!

VMFA’s Early Childhood Programs is excited to offer a new, virtual program to foster an early appreciation for art and self-expression in young students and to support learning in early childhood classrooms.


Virtual Program Theme
Playful Paint

Explore the many colors, lines, and shapes found in art. Have fun putting these “parts of art” together to create a playful, process-based painting.
(Recommended for ages 4-5 years)


VIRTUAL PROGRAM DETAILS:

  • Join a VMFA Early Childhood Educator online for a live, 30-minute session
  • Students will enjoy learning about the elements of art through music and movement activities and looking closely at works of art from the VMFA’s collection
  • Teachers will receive a link to a prerecorded video with a detailed demonstration of a hands-on, process-based art project to use with their students (along with a list of simple supplies needed to complete the art project)
  • Teachers will also receive ideas for pre-visit and post-visit activities to extend the learning in their classroom

RESERVATIONS:

  • The 30-minute Virtual Preschool Group Visit program is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the following times:
    9:00 am
    10:00 am
    11:00am
  • The program fee is $30 per class (maximum of 18 students)
  • Payment is due by the day of the program
  • A limited amount of scholarship funds is available for federally funded classes to participate in the virtual program free of charge
  • To register, please email the following information to April Heitchue, Early Childhood Educator at april.heitchue@vmfa.museum
  1. Date/time requesting virtual program
  2. School/Childcare Center name, address, and phone number
  3. Alternate phone number to contact teacher
  4. Number of students in class and their ages
  5. Is your class currently meeting in-person, virtually, or both?
  6. Do you need to connect with us on a platform other than Zoom?
  7. Does your class receive federal funds (ex. Head Start or VPI)?

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS:

Each class will receive a unique link to securely connect with VMFA’s Early Childhood Education Zoom account

Teachers should be able to project the Zoom image onto a larger screen so it is visible to the entire student group

Speakers should be used to enable all students in the class to hear the VMFA educator

To ensure that the program is interactive, a device with a camera and microphone is required to allow the VMFA educator to view students and to hear their responses


A confirmation email and additional program information will be provided once a reservation has been made.
Please email april.heitchue@vmfa.museum with any questions.

ONSITE PROGRAMS FOR K-12

Summer 2021 Tour Information

We are not offering guided tours for summer 2021. Self-directed group visits during the summer may be booked by contacting Tour Services at tourservices@vmfa.museum.

Fall 2021 Tour Information

Self-directed Visits
If you would like to book a self-directed visit for the fall, we will begin booking on Tuesday, August 3rd.

Guided Tours
We currently anticipate resuming onsite guided tours beginning in October, 2021, with a plan to begin booking those tours by September 7th; however, these dates are subject to change. More information will be coming soon.

Permanent Collection: Self-Directed Visit
The maximum group size for an on-site, self-directed visit is 25. All permanent collection self-directed visit requests need to be submitted to tourservices@vmfa.museum at least 3 weeks in advance. Please see below for our self-directed visit Guidelines.

When you submit your self-directed visit request, please include the following information in the body of your email:

Contact name
School/Organization
Grade level(s) of students
Number of students and chaperones (max of 25 people per group)
Date and time of your visit
Galleries you would like to visit

Self-Directed Group Visit Guidelines
Please read through these guidelines and share them with your students and chaperones prior to your visit:

  • Following K-12 guidance in Virginia, the museum strongly recommends the use of masks for all participants and faculty/staff in early childhood, youth, and teen classes, programs and tours. Along with mask recommendation, VMFA will mirror K-12 school COVID-19 safety guidelines within studios and classrooms, including social distancing and frequent cleaning.
  • Unvaccinated visitors ages 2 and up should wear a mask while at the museum.
  • Bag lunches are not allowed inside the Museum. You are welcome to enjoy bag lunches outdoors in the sculpture garden.
  • Best Café – Please visit the Café page for information
  • The student coat room is closed so please plan on leaving items in your vehicle.
  • The group maximum is 25. We require at least 1 adult chaperone per 10 students.
  • Check out Museum FAQs due to COVID-19

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS FOR GRADES K-12

Thematic Resource Packets (For Grades -12 & College)

Bring VMFA to your students with these short, thematic online resources. Based on a single, broad theme, these virtual offerings are neatly packaged resources that align with a variety of SOL objectives. By inviting students to observe & discuss specific objects in the collection, these resources encourage creative and critical thinking.

  • Leadership – What does leadership look like? What does it mean to be a leader? In this resource, students will explore various objects from different world cultures in the VMFA collection that deal with this important theme. Through examining different portrayals of leadership, students will make observations, articulate what they see, and learn from different perspectives.
  • Portraits – What is a portrait and what can it communicate? Can they tell us about the person depicted and the society they came from? Can a portrait show someone’s personality or values? By examining many different portraits throughout the museum’s collection, students will use visual analysis to describe a portrait and make connections between personal experiences and a work of art.
  • Economics – What can art tell us about the economy? By exploring scenes featuring themes of goods & services, consumption, natural & capital resources, labor, poverty, wealth and more, students will develop thinking skills that include analyzing real-life situations, economic reasoning, decision making and problem-solving.
  • Optional “Add-on”
    Book an Educator Q & A! – Interested in having your students’ questions answered by a VMFA Educator as a component of the resource? After reviewing the resource with your students, questions may be submitted in advance to be answered by recorded video response. To book an Educator Q & A, please submit five or fewer questions specific to a particular resource to tourservices@vmfa.museum. When you submit your questions, please include the following information in the body of your email:

Contact name
School
Name of resource
Grade level(s) of students
Number of students to view Q & A video
Five (or fewer) questions

It will take two weeks (10-12 business days) for us to process your request, record the response, and provide you with a link to the video.


For grades 3 and up: Give your students the opportunity to exercise their creative and critical thinking skills with a real-time, deep-dive into a single object. Book a session with our Distance Learning Team!

Core Subject Unit Resource Packets (Recommended for Grades 3-12)

Explore a topic in-depth with these well-rounded units that include min-inquiry and object exploration activities for students. Units will include a thorough introduction to each subject, a vocabulary list, video modules, guided-looking modules and object exploration.

Optional “Add-on”
Book an Educator Q & A! – Interested in having your students’ questions answered by a VMFA Educator as a component of the resource? After reviewing the resource with your students, questions may be submitted in advance to be answered by recorded video response. To book an Educator Q & A, please submit five or fewer questions specific to a particular resource to tourservices@vmfa.museum. When you submit your questions, please include the following information in the body of your email:

Contact name
School
Name of resource
Grade level(s) of students
Number of students to view Q & A video
Five (or fewer) questions

It will take two weeks (10-12 business days) for us to process your request, record the response, and provide you with a link to the video.

ONSITE PROGRAMS FOR COLLEGE

Permanent Collection: Self-Directed Visit
The maximum group size for an on-site, self-directed visit is 10. All permanent collection self-directed visit requests need to be submitted to tourservices@vmfa.museum at least 3 weeks in advance. Please see below for our self-directed visit Guidelines.

When you submit your self-directed visit request, please include the following information in the body of your email:

Contact name
School/Organization
Grade level(s) of students
Number of students and chaperones (max of 10 people per group)
Date and time of your visit
Galleries you would like to visit

Self-Directed Group Visit Guidelines

Under Phase III of VMFA’s reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, VMFA has implemented some new policies for the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers. Please read through these guidelines so you are aware of the following safety precautions that will affect your group visit:

  • Museum capacity will be limited, and visitors may be asked to wait outside of the Museum or a particular gallery in order to maintain that capacity requirement.
  • Masks and social distancing are required in the Museum.
  • No bag lunches will be allowed inside the Museum. You are welcome to enjoy bag lunches outdoors in the sculpture garden. Social distancing is required on Museum grounds.
  • Best Café – Please visit the Café page for information
  • The student coat room is closed so please plan on leaving items in your vehicle.
  • During this time, the group maximum is 10 people.
  • Check out Museum FAQs due to COVID-19

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS FOR COLLEGE

Thematic Resource Packets (For Grades -12 & College)

Bring VMFA to your students with these short, thematic online resources. Based on a single, broad theme, these virtual offerings are neatly packaged resources that align with a variety of SOL objectives. By inviting students to observe & discuss specific objects in the collection, these resources encourage creative and critical thinking.

  • Leadership – What does leadership look like? What does it mean to be a leader? In this resource, students will explore various objects from different world cultures in the VMFA collection that deal with this important theme. Through examining different portrayals of leadership, students will make observations, articulate what they see, and learn from different perspectives.
  • Portraits – What is a portrait and what can it communicate? Can they tell us about the person depicted and the society they came from? Can a portrait show someone’s personality or values? By examining many different portraits throughout the museum’s collection, students will use visual analysis to describe a portrait and make connections between personal experiences and a work of art.
  • Economics – What can art tell us about the economy? By exploring scenes featuring themes of goods & services, consumption, natural & capital resources, labor, poverty, wealth and more, students will develop thinking skills that include analyzing real-life situations, economic reasoning, decision making and problem-solving.
  • Optional “Add-on”
    Book an Educator Q & A! – Interested in having your students’ questions answered by a VMFA Educator as a component of the resource? After reviewing the resource with your students, questions may be submitted in advance to be answered by recorded video response. To book an Educator Q & A, please submit five or fewer questions specific to a particular resource to tourservices@vmfa.museum. When you submit your questions, please include the following information in the body of your email:

    Contact name:
    School
    Name of resource
    Grade level(s) of students
    Number of students to view Q & A video
    Five (or fewer) questions

It will take two weeks (10 business days) for us to process your request, record the response, and provide you with a link to the video.


For grades 3 and up: Give your students the opportunity to exercise their creative and critical thinking skills with a real-time, deep-dive into a single object. Book a session with our Distance Learning Team!

Core Subject Unit Resource Packets (Recommended for Grades 3-12)

Explore a topic in-depth with these well-rounded units that include min-inquiry and object exploration activities for students. Units will include a thorough introduction to each subject, a vocabulary list, video modules, guided-looking modules and object exploration.

Optional “Add-on”
Book an Educator Q & A! – Interested in having your students’ questions answered by a VMFA Educator as a component of the resource? After reviewing the resource with your students, questions may be submitted in advance to be answered by recorded video response. To book an Educator Q & A, please submit five or fewer questions specific to a particular resource to tourservices@vmfa.museum. When you submit your questions, please include the following information in the body of your email:

Contact name
School
Name of resource
Grade level(s) of students
Number of students to view Q & A video
Five (or fewer) questions

It will take two weeks (10-12 business days) for us to process your request, record the response, and provide you with a link to the video.

Special Exhibition: Self-Directed Visit

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse
May 22, 2021 – September 6, 2021

Free for museum members. Student tickets are $10 each. We offer 1 complimentary chaperone ticket per 10 students. Additional chaperone tickets are $10 each. Ticket times are every 15 minutes and the maximum group size per time slot is 25. If your group is larger than 25, you will be booked at more than one ticket time. Payment for tickets is required 14 days in advance of your visit. For more information, please contact Tour Services at tourservices@vmfa.museum.

Exhibition Description

The exhibition, Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, is a compilation of artworks that collectively explore the traditions, aesthetic impulses, and exchanges between the visual and the sonic arts in African American Southern culture over the last one hundred years. Dirty South chronicles the connections between music and visual art, looking deeply through the framework of landscape, religion or spirituality, and the Black Body. Exploring the contributions of a variety of Black artists, this exhibition seeks to uncover the foundations of our contemporary expressions.