Students on a tour of the museum

Student Tours

Student Tours

Student Tours are FREE at McNay!

Student tours are FREE! For self-guided tours, please bring one adult for every ten students. Adults exceeding the ratio 1:5 pay a discounted adult admission of $15. We kindly ask that all tours are booked at least two weeks in advance.

Book a Student Tour

To book a tour, review the information below. Once you are ready, click the “Book a Tour” button above. Be prepared with the following information:

  • Name of your school or organization
  • Contact name, phone number, and e-mail address
  • Number of students in your group and their grade level
  • Choice of two dates and times
  • Select a category from the Tour Options below or select an option from the Student Tour Playlist

Have a question? Contact the Tour Scheduler at 210.805.1767 or e-mail


Dear Teaching Colleagues,

We are so excited to welcome you and your students to the McNay Art Museum.

In this Student Tour Playlist you will and information linking your curriculum to works of art on view in the Main Collection Galleries and the Stieren Center for Exhibitions.

We are all looking forward to seeing you soon at the McNay!

Carolyn Wiggins

Docent Chair, 2023–2024

The Docent Program is generously funded by the Peggy Pitman Mays Docent Fund.

Major funding of McNay’s educational programs is most generously provided by the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, the Semmes Foundation, Inc., the William Randolph Hearst Fund, the Louis A. and Francis B. Wagner Endowment. Additional support is provided by the Jack H. and William M. Light Charitable Trust, H-E-B, Valero, Inc., Humanities Texas, the William Knox Holt Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tour Options

Choose ONE from the following:

Track 1: Museum Highlights

Step into a masterpiece! View highlights of the collection and exhibitions customized for your group’s grade and curriculum level in person, or from the convenience of a digital device. Get a back stage pass by exploring artworks with Educators and Docents

Robert Indiana, LOVE, 1966, cast 2002. Painted aluminum. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase. © Morgan Art Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Track 2: Art & the Curriculum

Choose ONE of the following curriculum-related tours:

Angles on Art | K-5

Identify geometric principles at work in art and architecture. Geometry and Art TEKS Selected for grades K–5.

Tales & Traditions | K-5

Link themes of family, identity, and cultural heritage with works of art. Think critically, draw conclusions, and make creative discoveries about how art reflects social and historical messages. Art, Language Arts, and Social Studies TEKS selected for grades K–5.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART & Math) | Grades 6-12

Apply STEAM concepts in real world situations. Look for and describe evidence of artist experimentation, invention, and imagination. Science, Technology, and Art TEKS selected for grades 6–12.

Hero or Villain? | K-12

Nobody’s perfect. Discover the stories behind legendary heroes and despicable villains. Art, Language Arts, and Social Studies selected TEKS for K–12.

Email for lesson plans and TEKS.

Track 3: Customize Your Tour Theme!

Whether studying a particular theme in the classroom or focusing on a specific artist or art movement in mind, we can customize a tour to fit your needs. (Pro tip: with virtual tours student see artwork from the collection that may not be on view!) Plan your tour by identifying top priorities.

You may indicate up to THREE priorities of artists or themes you’d like your students to see. Tell us:

  1. MUST see
  2. Also nice to see
  3. Only if there’s time

Students also see other highlights of the McNay.

Track 4: Featured Exhibitions

Choose TWO featured exhibitions for your visit.

Tour Prep

School tour guidelines and requirements

School Tour Guidelines

  • Please watch our School Tour Guidlines Video.
  • Bring at least one adult for every 10 students. Groups must be supervised by an adult at all times. A maximum of one adult for every five students will be admitted for free. Adults exceeding the 1:5 ratio are asked to pay the adult group discount rate of $15 during our Special Exhibitions.
  • Food items, tote bags, and backpacks are not allowed inside the museum. Please have everyone leave these items on the bus.
  • Look at art, but avoid touching it, including outdoor sculptures.
  • If you plan to have students write or sketch, please bring pencils only and a sturdy writing surface.
  • For security, closed circuit television cameras observe all galleries and record all activities.
  • Photography without flash is allowed in the permanent collection galleries.
  • The Museum Store welcomes teachers, chaperones, and students in groups of 10 students or less at a time. Students must be chaperoned and supervised at all times while in the store. If you plan to visit the Museum Store, please do so after your tour.

Transportation Requirements

  • Please print a copy of the McNay Bus Map for each bus driver. Bus drivers must follow the prescribed route. Buses may not use the circle drive at the museum’s main entrance.
  • To request reimbursement from the McNay Bus Fund, please contact us at

Teacher Requirements

  • Please have students wear boldly printed name tags (first name only).
  • Before arriving, the teacher in charge should know the exact number of students and adult chaperones coming on the tour. If this number changes, notify us immediately so that we can schedule the proper number of docents for your group.
  • When you arrive, check in with the front desk and let them know the number of students and adult chaperones with your group.
  • If anyone in your group needs special arrangements, please let us know.
  • Consult the Student Tour Information Packet attached to your confirmation email. If you did not receive the packet, you can email to request one.
  • If you are running late or need to cancel your tour, please notify the Front Desk at 210.805.1783 AND call the Scheduler at 210.805.1767.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are masks required on tours?

Masks and social distancing are optional for all visitors. Masks are encouraged on tours.

How much does a student tour cost?

Student tours are free! Chaperones also receive free admission up to 1 adult for every 5 students. Adults exceeding the 1:5 ratio are asked to pay a discounted adult admission of $15.

How can we afford buses to bring students?

The McNay offers bus reimbursement for docent-guided school visits, up to $250 per bus. Email for more information.

What days/times may we schedule a tour?

All tour types must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are

  • Wednesdays through Saturdays starting at 10:15am
  • Sundays starting at 12:00pm.

The McNay is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.**
Virtual tours are available: Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm.
** Please note: the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, BUT we can
still conduct virtual tours on these days.

How many students may we bring on a tour?

Student Tours and Self Guided Tours
We are currently accommodating group sizes up to 50 students.
Please bring one adult for every ten students. If you wish to bring more than 50 students, please email or call 210.805.1767.

Virtual Tours
We can accommodate up to 300 participants on a virtual tour

How long do the tours last?

For grades K–3, tours last approximately 45 minutes. For grades 4 and up, tours last approximately 60 minutes. High school and college tours last approximately 60 minutes, or longer if requested.

How do I schedule a tour?

Click “Request a Tour.” Be ready with:

  • Name of your school and organization
  • Contact name, phone number, e-mail and mailing address
  • Number of students in your group
  • Date and time you would like your tour
  • Track option from the Student Tour Playlist at the top of
    this page

If you have any questions, please contact or 210.805.1767.