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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
  • Tour option from the Student Tour Playlist or the Tour Options below

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


Dear Teaching Colleague,

Excite your students and enhance your curriculum with the flexible options that the McNay Art Museum offers. Here you will find virtual tours, easy to arrange and tailor made to accommodate your group needs. You may be wondering what a virtual tour looks like:

– Our virtual tours take place over Zoom with a link that we send directly to the educator.

– Tours can be accommodated to any of the tracks available, or to a customizable theme.

– A combination of Educators and/or docents will guide your students through a few images of artworks in our collection.

We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for the power of art with you and your learners.

Mary Hogan
Docent Chair 2020-2021

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

Virtual Tour Options

Spring 2021: Student Tour Playlist
Choose ONE from the following four tracks:

Track 1: Museum Highlights

Step into a masterpiece! View highlights of the collection and exhibitions customized for your group’s size and grade level.

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

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

Tales & Traditions

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)

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?

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: Have it Your Way!

Customize your options. With works from the McNay’s collection always on view in the Main Collection Galleries and in the Stieren Center, seeing the whole museum takes more than 45 minutes. Help us plan your tour by identifying priorities for your visit.

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.

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

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.

Is the museum currently offering guided tours?

Updated October 5th: Out of an abundance of caution and safety for our students, staff, and volunteers, we are not currently providing any guided tours in person. In the meantime, we are happy to arrange an engaging virtual tour for your students with some of our Educators and/or Docents.

If you have any questions, please contact or 210.805.1767

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?

Self-guided student tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are available:

  • Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 9:30am
  • Thursdays & Saturdays starting at 10:00am.
  • Sundays starting at 12:00pm.

The McNay is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.**

Virtual tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and 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?

Self-guided Student Tours

You may bring a group of students for a self-guided tour, but students must be divided into groups of no more than 10, per state executive order.

Please bring one adult for every ten students. If you wish to bring more than 120 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 “Book 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 this Playlist

If you have any questions, please contact or 210.805.1767.