Title I schools receive free inquiry-based educational tours offered at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) through Arts Access.  Custom designed and taught by MAD's Artist Educators, Arts Access supports Common Core as well as city, state and national learning standards. 

During their visit, Arts Access students will:

  • Make connections to classroom experiences and current events.
  • Experiment with art, craft and design processes to consider how objects are made.
  • Explore careers in art, craft and design.
  • Visit our Open Studio floor and meet residents in our Artist Studio


Group Tour Options

MADlab tour and workshop

This 90-minute interactive program begins with an inquiry-led discussion in the galleries, and continues with a visit to the Open Studio MADlab where students learn about contemporary art, craft, and design through hands-on art-making and interacting with our artists-in-residence.

MAD tour

During this interactive program, students spend time in the galleries investigating exhibition themes, curatorial decisions, art concepts and current events through observation and discussion, sketching and other customized engagement activities. 

Non-guided (high school only)

Enter the gallery in groups for pre-arranged visits. Please note this program is for high schools only; Non-MAD staff is prohibited from lecturing in the galleries.

Tour Details


MADlabs and MAD tours are offered Monday through Friday all year round.


10:30am, 1:00 pm or 3:30pm

Group size and chaperones

Each tour can accommodate up to 30 students and 5 adult chaperones. One chaperone is required per ten students. 


Book your visit today by completing this reservation form.

Pre- and post- visit information 

To make your museum experience more enriching and meaningful, we strongly encourage you to download and use our Teacher Resource Packets in the classroom before as well as after your museum visit.

Additional information

For questions, please call the Education Department at 212.299.7720 or email groups@madmuseum.org.

made possible by

Arts Access is supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Keith Haring Foundation, and The Windgate Charitable Foundation.