Student Tours

Wisdom begins with wonder.
                          —Socrates, d. 399 BC

Engage your students' natural sense of wonder as history, archaeology, and art come alive in the galleries of the Carlos Museum. Docent-led tours of the collections are designed to meet Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards, providing an opportunity for students to interact directly with cultures of the world through art. 

Teachers may request tours of the museum's special exhibitions or specific areas of the permanent collection, which include material from ancient Egypt, Nubia and the Near East, ancient Greece and Rome, South Asia, the Americas, and sub-Saharan Africa. Or, teachers may select from a variety of curriculum-based theme tours.

Support for educational programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare & Margaret C. Clare Foundation, an anonymous donor, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, the Christian and Frances Humann Foundation.

How to Schedule a School Tour
The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes school groups to explore the museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to or by fax to 404-727-4292.  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, and noon.

Group Size: Maximum number is 65 guests per hour. Groups larger than 65 may schedule back-to-back tours.

Length of Tours: 50 minutes 

Chaperones: One per every ten students required.

Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each.

Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.

Self-guided tours: We welcome teachers who wish to guide their own groups. Please remember that self-guided groups must also be scheduled through the Office of Educational Programs in advance to avoid overcrowding in the galleries.
NEW! The Science Behind Art Conservation Tour
The Science Behind Art Conservation
(Appropriate for Fourth Grade to High School)

In this exciting new tour developed with the guidance and expertise of the museum's Chief Conservator, students will explore the many ways that science is employed in the study and preservation of works of art. Museum docents will introduce students to art conservation practices focusing on preventative care, treatment, and research.  Digital images on iPads will provide students the opportunity to examine the condition of objects prior to conservation treatment, as well as images of treatment in progress. In this very interactive tour, students will be able to handle examples of materials used to make and conserve art, including fabrics used to stabilize the mummies. They will see beyond what is visible to the museum visitor. For example, in the Egyptian galleries they will get a glimpse into the creative process of the artist through modern, microscopic analysis where a cross section of the paint surface from 1075 BC reveals a substructure of mud applied below the layers of under painting.  Students will be able to see how salt crystals in porous materials such as ceramics or stone can cause damage that may destroy the surface and weaken the structure and the treatment that was performed.

Students will practice the Habits of Mind teaching goals as they:
*Ask questions that lead to investigations
*Use charts and graphs
*Use data to answer questions
*Identify patterns of change
*Research and gather information
*Understand the importance of safety concerns

Resources for Teachers:
Classroom Lesson Plans:
       Bug Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
       Condition Report Activity
       Loss Compensation Activity

Introduction to Art Conservation

Preservation Information Cards and Insect Investigation Activity for Students

Case Studies of Conservation Projects at the Museum

Science and Art Conservation: Resources for Teachers to Use in the Classroom

Elementary School Curriculum Based Tours

First Look (Kindergarten)
Designed for young visitors (ages 4-6), this program introduces children to the exciting stories behind objects across the collection.

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.

Resources for Archaeology:
PDF Standards
PDF Archaeology Lesson Plan
PDF Vocabulary

Majority Rules (3rd Grade)
Developed by museum staff and 3rd grade teachers under a grant by the Georgia Humanities Council, this interactive tour for elementary students is aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards for 3rd grade. It introduces students to 5th-century Athens during the construction of the Parthenon and the development of the roots of democracy. See below for the Greek Passport booklet for students, Majority Rules vocabulary, and a follow up lesson plan.

Middle School Curriculum Based Tours
Continuity and Change: Material Culture in the Near East, Africa, and South Asia (7th Grade)
In this journey through the galleries, students explore the diverse belief systems found in cultures from the ancient Near East, Africa, and South Asia. Students will compare the images of the meditative Buddha with the narrative movement of Hindu figures. In the Near Eastern galleries, oil lamps and pilgrim flasks represent the formative periods in Judaism and Christianity. In the African galleries, students will explore objects from indigenous religions as well as pieces influenced by the spread of Christianity and Islam.

The Americans Before the Collision of Cultures (6th Grade)
Students will learn about indigenous civilizations, ancient and modern, through objects from South, Central, and North America. The varied cultures of the two continents are represented by objects such as gold and jade adornments, colorful textiles, and a staggering array of pottery.

Resource for Teachers: Nature and Artistry in the Ancient Americas.  A Teachers Guide to the Carlos collection.

High School Curriculum Based Tours

World History (High School)
In this tour, students delve into cultures from all over the world through close-looking and discussion around objects that enliven the study of world history. Through their gallery exploration, students pursue themes that unite cultures across the collection such as communication, trade, and cosmology, and interact directly with objects that illustrate the unique expression of cultures throughout the world. This wide-ranging tour brings cultures from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the ancient Mediterranean world into conversation.

Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations (High School)
The ancient civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, and Greece come to life in the galleries at the Carlos.

Times and Texts of the Bible (All High School)
Learn how objects from the Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Classical collections relate to the times and texts of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament.

Foreign Language

Latin Classes: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis (High School)
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.

Art Classes

Drawing in the Galleries (All High School)
Drawing is at the heart of this hour-and-a-half-long exploration of the Carlos collection where young artists discuss the elements of art and drawing techniques and participate in a sustained drawing activity guided by experienced docent-artists.

Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards
Docent-led tours of the collections of the Carlos Museum are designed to meet Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards in many areas of the curriculum, providing a vivid entry to the study of world cultures through art. Expand the classroom experience and the imaginations of your students with a visit to Emory’s Carlos Museum. During tours students will:
  • build critical-thinking skills
  • compare similarities and differences (Social Studies Skills Matrix #1.)
  • analyze artifacts ( Social Studies Skills Matrix #10.)
  • draw conclusions and make generalizations (Social Studies Skills Matrix #11.)
  • understand how people express their beliefs and ideas through objects (Historical Understanding; all levels).
  • explore diversity and a variety of religious concepts (Historical Understanding; all levels)
  • become acquainted with cultures and traditions from around the world (Historical and Geographic Understanding, all levels).
  • ask questions that lead to investigations (Habits of Mind)
  • Use date to answer questions and identify patterns of change (Habits of MInd)
Carlos and the Common Core: 
Georgia’s Common Core curriculum uses literacy and language skills to prepare students for success in college, career and life. Learning in a museum setting builds vocabulary and connects classroom reading to original source material; works of art as tangible documents of history.  They will compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and patterns of events from several cultures; from Classical Greece and Rome, to ancient Egypt, the Americas, south Asia, and sub Saharan Africa.  In the museum, students will expand their classroom knowledge in a different medium, and will use cogent reasoning and evidence collecting skills to express their interpretations and opinions.  As an extension of the classroom, the Carlos invites you to bring your classes to explore the stories of civilization.
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. 

Target Field Trip Grants provides grants that allow teachers and students to learn in all kinds of settings. To apply for a Field Trip Grant go to
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 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.

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