The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) offers a variety of inquiry-based educational tours for K–12 school groups, summer camps, and youth organizations. All of MAD's tours align with city, state, and national learning standards, and are custom-designed and taught by our Artist Educators.

During these tours, students will:

  • Experiment with art, craft, and design processes to consider how objects are made.
  • Learn about careers in art, craft and design.
  • Experience an orientation to museums and art spaces.
  • Make connections to classroom experiences and current events.

Visit MAD’s Artists Studios, where students meet and speak with a practicing artist-in-residence.

Availability
MADlabs and MAD tours are offered at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm or 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday all year round.

Group size and chaperones
Each tour can accommodate up to 30 students and five adult chaperones, with up to two tours running concurrently (60 students total). One chaperone is required per ten students. 

Reserve
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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 MADlab Studio where students learn about contemporary art, craft, and design through hands-on art-making and interacting with our artists-in-residence.

MADlab tour only
During this 60-minute 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)
Explore the galleries in groups during one of these pre-arranged visits. Please note this program is for high schools only, and only MAD staff are permitted to lecture in the galleries.

Costs (flat fee per 30 students and five chaperones)

  • Title I schools in NYC are free under the Arts Access program
  • $105 advance flat fee for NYC public schools
  • $180 fee for NYC private schools, community organizations, and schools outside of NYC

Fees include Museum admission and all materials for each of the tour options above.

Multi-visit sessions
MAD also offers pre- and post-tour in-school visits with a MAD teaching artist. For more information, contact schools@madmuseum.org.

Additional resources
To make your museum experience more enriching and meaningful, we invite you to download and use our Teacher Resource Packets in the classroom before or after your visit.

Cancellation policy
Requests must be made in writing no fewer than three weeks in advance of your scheduled visit. Requests made with less than three weeks’ notice will incur a processing fee of $105.

Contact
Reserve your visit.  For additional questions, please call the Education Department at 212.299.7720 or email groups@madmuseum.org.

made possible by

School Groups and Summer Camps are supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Arts Access is supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, and 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.