School Visits and Teacher Resources

All guided school visits are taught by our Teaching Fellows, a group of eight college students from Belhaven University, Jackson State University, Millsaps College, and Tougaloo College. Teaching Fellows work closely with classroom teachers to ensure that your group’s visit to the Museum is as meaningful as possible, crafting a customized, thematic tour that aligns with your curricular goals.

Our Teaching Fellows engage students in close-looking sessions of three to four works during one visit. Teaching Fellows work to develop the students’ visual vocabularies, cultivating their confidence in making meaning out of a work of art. These sessions often include writing and sketching exercises to help students understand the elements of art, narratives being expressed, or the artistic choices made within a work. Tours are split into groups of 15 students and typically last 45 minutes to an hour. We can work to accommodate larger groups, but please keep in mind tours will be subject to availability. To connect with a Teaching Fellow, complete the form below.

FIELD TRIP ADD-ONS: For an additional charge, students can create a work of art with a museum educator in our studio classrooms. Museum education staff will work with you to plan activities that are related to your tour or accomplish your curricular or creative goals. Catered lunch options are available. (You may also bring your own sack lunches to eat in The Art Garden.) Contact Director of School Programs, Isabel Gray at for prices.

Self-guided field trips are also available and do require a reservation.

PLEASE NOTE: Our bicentennial exhibition Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty. Pain, and Promise, is free for students and adults. For all other exhibitions, students receive free admission on Tuesdays courtesy Nissan and on Thursdays courtesy Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. (These days fill up fast and space is limited so please book in advance.)

The Mississippi Museum of Art APP (Available for download on December 7, 2017)
Our Museum app provides extensive information about pieces on view, including artist interviews, audio clips, and “hotspots” that students will find particularly interactive and engaging. You may access this free resource before, during, and after your visit.

The Mississippi Arts Commission has developed Mississippi History Through the Arts: A Bicentennial Journey to guide students through Mississippi history while serving as a tool for arts education. The curriculum is appropriate for elementary, intermediate, and advanced grade levels and is aligned to Mississippi’s Social Studies, Arts, and Language Standards. It includes extensive lesson plans and activities that utilize artworks featured in Picturing Mississippi.

2018 Educator Open House | January 11, 2017; 4:30-6:30 PM
Educators are invited to come explore all the Museum has to offer at our 2018 Educator Open House event this January. Meet our dynamic Education staff and college-age Teaching Fellows, tour Picturing Mississippi, learn more about our upcoming workshops for CEU credit, network with fellow educators, and explore our tour and studio options for your students! If you have little ones in tow, send them off to create a work of art in the studio with a museum instructor while you gather inspiration for your classroom. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Please RSVP and spread the word to your teaching colleagues! Register by emailing

Bringing Forward the Past: Art, Identity, and the American South | February 16 and 17, 2018
This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together artists, curators, scholars, and the public to explore issues related to identity, race, indigeneity, trauma, and memory. Using the bicentennial show Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise as a lens through which to consider historical conceptions of Mississippi, as well as the larger South, this symposium will engage artists and scholars who are translating this history into new, multi-dimensional narratives and who are helping to chart a new path forward. Presenters will include Sarah Lewis and Dell Upton, as well as notable artists McArthur Binion, Noah Saterstrom, and Nona Faustine. Cost is free and .6 CEU credit is available. Register by emailing

Contact Isabel Gray, Director of School Programs, at to join our email list to receive updates on workshops, resources, and other opportunities for educators!