Student Tours

Object-Centered Inquiry at the Carlos Museum

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.

How to Schedule a Tour

Please submit the Tour Request Form at least two weeks in advance of the tour date you are requesting. Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour. Your tour is not confirmed simply by submiting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 am, 11 am, noon,  and 1 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 back to back tours on the same day or come over multiple days. 

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:  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 may receive our discounted group rate. To receive a group rate, one group payment is required than individual payments. 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.


At the Carlos, our STEAM tours highlight the ways that science, technology, engineering, art, and math have been used to solve problems from the earliest civilizations through to today helping students engage with enduring questions and new solutions.

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 learn about methods of archaeologists use to analyze artifacts once they have come out of the ground, from drawing, x-ray, chemical analysis, carbon-14 dating, and other scientific techniques that contribute to understanding of material culture.

The Science Behind Art Conservation (Appropriate for Fourth Grade through High School)

Students learn to think like a conservator, understanding the real world questions and problems that museums confront when working with material that can be thousands of years old. They look into prevention, research, and intervention in this interactive tour. A full complement of pre-visit and post-visit materials and labs are availible for teachers to use in the classroom. Click here for teacher resources related to conservation at the Carlos.
Georgia Standards of Excellence Tours
Georgia Standard of Excellence tours are crafted to align with the new Social Studies standards adopted by the state of Georgia in Fall 2017.

6th Grade:
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.

7th Grade:
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:
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.
Collections and Special Exhibitions Tours
How Do We Get There? And Where Do We Park?
Directions: Hundreds of school buses bring students to visit the Carlos Museum every year. Unfortunately, there is often confusion about where to enter campus, drop off students, and park the bus. To assist, we enlisted the help of a bus driver who made the trip himself to show the way.  Please watch this video and share it with your bus drivers!

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.

Funding Your Museum Visit and Bus Transportation
Need help funding transportation for a museum visit?
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 to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Artful Stories for Preschools

Preschool children gather to hear a story surrounded by Egyptian, Greek and Roman, ancient American, Asian or African art before looking closely and discussing related works of art, and then transitioning to the studio for a hands on activity!  This free program is made possible through generous funding from PNC Bank and is available for preschool classes on Monday mornings at 10 am when the museum is closed to the general public, offering a special environment for young children to experience art, literacy, and cultures of the world.

  • 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.

To make a reservation for your preschool class to participate in Artful Stories for Preschools, please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or




This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts aslo receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts. 
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.




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