Members of the museum's Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tours begin in the Rotunda on Level One of the Carlos Museum.

Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment. 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.

Museum Moments is a tour designed for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia and is based on the successful Meet Me program developed by the Museum of Modern Art. Experiencing the art of the ancient world at the Carlos Museum can spark the imagination, trigger memories, and encourage a shared experience in a beautiful setting. Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or dementia are invited to attend Museum Moments tours with their family member or a caregiver. Museum Moments tours are offered the second Wednesday of every month at 1 pm.  Contact Katie Ericson at 404-727-2363 to reserve a space.

Stools for this program were made possible by a gift from Sylvia Dodson in memory of her husband, James Dodson.


Highlights of the Collection Audio Tour

Thanks to the generous financial support of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, the Carlos Museum is pleased to introduce an updated audio guide to the permanent collections. The guides include fifty minutes of new material, featuring expert commentary from museum curators and Emory faculty members from a number of departments at the University. The guides available on iPod touches, feature enhanced multimedia content offering visitors a greater understanding of the Carlos Museum’s permanent collection. For example, in the Art of the Americas section, images of whale sharks on the screen help visitors visualize the ways in which the Museum’s Chancay female effigy vessel represents the shaman transforming into the giant fish, which serves as her animal spirit companion. 

The audio guides may be rented for $2 at the Information Desk in the Museum rotunda and, as always, audio guides are free to Carlos Museum members.

Times and Texts of the Bible Audio Tour

A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the Bible. Curators and faculty members from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies explore objects in relation to biblical texts to enhance our understanding of the cultures out of which Judaism and Christianity developed. The guide is available for a rental fee of $2. It is included in the general audio tour rental. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes school groups and home schools  to explore the Museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the Museum's Docent Guild. Visit the School Tours section of the website for more information and to access the Tour Reservation Form.