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Jackson, MS 39201

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Museum Hours

Tuesday - Saturday

10 AM - 5 PM


noon - 5 PM

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School Visits and Teacher Resources

SCHOOL GROUP TRIPSAvailable Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM

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.

SCHOOL GROUP 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 igray@msmuseumart.org for prices.

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


Through November 2018 | Joe Overstreet: Justice, Faith, Hope and Peace

Through January 13, 2019 | Due South: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

Through January 13, 2019 | Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints

Through January 20, 2019 | Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection

Through January 27, 2019 | Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer

November 6, 2018 - January 27, 2019 | Art for the Future: Choctaw Identity and Creative Legacies

March 2 - June 2, 2019 | Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art

April 27 - August 25, 2019 | Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

June 29 - September 22, 2019 | 2019 Mississippi Invitational

Ongoing | Pre-Columbian Art

Ongoing | Four Freedoms by Mildred Nungester Wolfe

Ongoing | McCarty Pottery: Love. Life. Clay.

And at the Tougaloo College Art Gallery through December 14, 2018 | The Art of Engagement: Meditation on a Movement
To book a tour at Tougaloo, contact Dr. Redell Hearn at rhearn@msmuseumart.org or 601.965.9906.

Self-guided materials and classroom activities to complete before and after your visit are available through the MUSEUM APP.

An Evening for Educators | Monday, September 10, 2018; 4:30-6:30 PM
Educators are invited to meet the Museum’s dynamic education staff and Teaching Fellows team, take a guided tour of Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer, learn more about upcoming workshops for CEU credit, network with fellow educators, and explore Museum tour and studio options for their students. (An instructor-led studio activity will be available to occupy any little ones in tow, while educators gather inspiration for their classroom.) This event is free. RSVP to igray@msmuseumart.org or 601.965.9909

In the Studio: Teacher Workshop | Friday, September 14, 2018; 8:30 AM-4 PM
Through a series of hands-on studio sessions, K-12 teachers will explore the themes, materials, and techniques present in Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer, while making relevant standards-based classroom connections. .6 CEU credit is available through Mississippi College. This workshop is free, but registration is required. REGISTER HERE

Homeschool Day | Thursday, October 25, 2018; 9 AM-noon
Homeschoolers ages 6 to 12 are invited to tour our exhibitions on view and create works of art inspired by those on view in the galleries. With an emphasis on creativity, students will work with Museum Teaching Fellows and educators to create, learn, and engage with each other through art. Doors open at 8 AM for breakfast at La Brioche at the Museum (available for purchase), and studio activities begin at 9 AM. Dress for mess! Cost: $25 per student. REGISTER HERE

Family Day | Saturday, November 17, 2018; 9 AM-noon
Let’s get crafty! Join us for a fun-for-the-whole-family day of exploration, dance, music, and crafts. Studio activities will focus on working with beading and textiles, inspired by the works of Jeffrey Gibson and other fiber artists on view. Doors open at 8 AM for breakfast at La Brioche at the Museum (available for purchase), and studio activities begin at 9 AM. Dress for mess! This event is free. No registration necessary.

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