At the Carlos Museum, we begin with our objects. We act as facilitators, asking students to look closely at works of art, ask questions, and guide them as they find answers to those questions in the object itself. By making students active participants in their own learning, we foster their observation, reasoning, and communication skills, encouraging them to be flexible thinkers capable of finding their own answers to essential questions.
Our tours are interactive and often incorporate drawing, writing, multi-media materials, touch objects, and storytelling.
Our tours are adaptable. We can work with teachers to focus on themes or cultures covered in the classroom.
Our tours are aligned with Georgia Standards of Excellence. By asking students to obtain, evaluate, and communicate about objects in the galleries, we support the work done by teachers in the classroom to develop habits of the mind.
Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 am, 11 am, noon, 1 pm, and 2 pm.
Length of Tours: 50 minutes
Group Size: Minimum group size is 10 guests per hour. Maximum number is 65 guests per hour. Groups larger than 65 may schedule two or more tours.
Chaperones: One per every ten students required.
Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $8 each.
For Docent-Guided Tours: please choose the focus of your tour from the menu below. There is no additional fee for a docent-guided tour.
For Highlights of the Collections Audio Guide Tours: there is an additional cost of $2 per Audio Guide and a maximum number of forty participants per hour.
For Self-Guided Tours: groups of 10 or more paying guests may receive our discounted group rate. To receive a group rate, one person must pay for the entire party. Please remember that self-guided groups must also be scheduled through the Office of Educational Programs in advance to avoid overcrowding in the galleries.
Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.
Students will explore animals from all over the world as they consider how different artists and cultures relate to their environments. From fierce lions to tiny praying mantises, students encounter the whole animal kingdom in the galleries.
In this tour, students build close-looking skills through drawing, finding new ways to appreciate and communicate about objects from cultures from all over the world.
Different cultures represent identity and social values using a number of visual cues. This tour considers how adornment, gesture, and medium can be used to construct identity.
How do artists tell stories through objects? What materials do they choose and which stories do they share? In this tour, students discuss different modes of storytelling from around the world.
Power looks different in different cultures. In this tour, students look at how powerful people, forces, and ideas take form in the galleries.
Culture is built on water. This tour traces the ways different cultures deal with its excess and scarcity and how this natural resource influences ritual and religion.
In this tour, students trace the stories of the powerful women appear throughout the Carlos’ galleries as heroines, warriors, villains, and shamans.
Archaeology (All Grades)
As they explore the galleries, students learn about pioneering archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon and the development of stratigraphy at the ancient site of Jericho. They will discover the excitement of analyzing artifacts once they have come out of the ground, from Egyptian mummies and coffins to sculpture, pottery, and jewelry from ancient Greece. Your students will put STEAM into practice as they learn the role of x-rays, chemical analysis, carbon-14 dating, and other scientific techniques that contribute to an archaeologist’s understanding of material culture.
The Science Behind Art Conservation (Appropriate for Fourth Grade to High School)
Our 6th grade tour focuses on cultural conflict and change in Latin America, highlighting the collision of indigenous and European powers. Students will also explore the ways that different environments and natural resources impact culture in Latin America.
Students work with first-source material as they examine historical and contemporary art from Africa and Latin America to understand better questions of religion, ethnicity, and colonialism.
World History students at the Carlos trace cultures from ancient to modern by examing objects created in the Americas, the the Mediterranean, and Africa. Students learn to read objects like texts, bringing cultures distant in time and space into the present.
AP Art History
"The 250" come to life at the Carlos where students have an opportunity to examine and analyze works of art from the cultures and time periods they study in the classroom.
Latin: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis
Since "art is long and life, short" seize the day and visit Ulysses, Menelaus, Europa, and the Emperor Tiberius in the galleries of the Carlos Museum. Discover the importance of Roman imperial portraiture and propaganda. Find images of metamorphoses and reinforce your reading with scenes from Ovid and Virgil. Explore Roman funeral rituals and translate inscription on cinerary urns. Meet Romulus and Remus and see the crucial role of archaeology in understanding objects from Roman daily life.
"Tell the Whole Story from Beginning to End:" The Ramayana in Indian Painting
(January 13-May 20, 2018)
Please do not use GPS to get directions to the museum. GPS systems provide excellent information for CARS entering campus, but not BUSES. If you must use GPS, enter Emory’s Goizueta Business School as your destination, and the directions will lead you to the correct campus entrance for BUSES.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the Carlos Museum is able to offer $300 per bus to K-12 teachers at schools with signifcant Title One populations. We know field trips are expensive, but bus stipends can make it possible for your students to explore the stories of civiization found in the galleries of the Carlos Museum—from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mespotamia, Greece and Rome to the varied cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, from the indigenous cultures of North and South America to the thriving cultures of India and the Himalayas. Contact Ana Vizurraga at 404-727-4280 or email@example.com to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Maximum twenty two children per group.
- One chaperone for every five children.
- If your group has special needs, please call to discuss possible adjustments to the program.
- Space is limited, so please sign up early to reserve a space for your class.
This program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank. Additonal support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.