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​​School Tours & Art Workshops​​

School Tours & WORKSHOPS

SAM now offers free tours to all public schools! This initiative deepens SAM's ongoing commitment to equitable art access. We will also continue to offer bus subsidies for Title 1 schools. 

SAM’s school tours are image-focused and inquiry-based experiences for K–12 students. Led by trained guides, they encourage students to look closely, share personal perspectives, and build connections to their own lives and learning. Art workshops give students an opportunity to get creative and work in our art studio alongside professional Teaching Artists.​​​​ ​​​​

by Location​

For inquiries regarding bus subsidies in the 2019–2020 school year, please contact SAM’s School Tours Coordinator at or 206.654.1383.

Seattle Art Museum

Tour SAM’s global collection and explore art across time and place at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown.


Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum is now open! School tours begin in March 2020.


Olympic Sculpture Park

The dynamic tours at the Olympic Sculpture Park explore art and environment in an outdoor setting.


In Your Classroom

SAM comes to You! Bring a professional Teaching Artist to your classroom to enhance student learning.


by Type

Guided Tours & Art Workshops

Guided tours and art workshops are inquiry-based experiences for K–12 students led by trained docents and Teaching Artists. Tours are aligned with Washington State education standards and can be tailored to specific curriculum needs.


Guided Tour Only

Led by trained docents, Guided Tour Only programs are inquiry-based experiences for K–12 students that do not include an art workshop. Tours are aligned with Washington State education standards and can be tailored to specific curriculum needs.


Do-It-Yourself: Self-Guided Visits

Self-guided visits allow educators to customize their museum experiences by leading their own tours through the galleries. We recommend that teachers divide their classes into small, chaperone-led groups of 5–10 students depending on their age.

Email us for a free educator pass to visit the galleries in advance of your class's visit.


Art Goes to School Multi-Session Program

Led by SAM Teaching Artists, Art Goes to School engages students in interactive art-making workshops that can be held in conjunction with a museum visit or as a stand-alone creative experience in your classroom. Contact the School Tours Coordinator for requests more than 20 miles away from the museum.


Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

Learn more about Equity at SAM