School Groups

School Groups

Guided tours of Gilcrease Museum’s permanent collection galleries are available to school groups. Tours are free of charge and can be scheduled daily from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. All tours, except self-guided experiences, require three weeks advanced scheduling.

To make tour reservations, please complete and submit a Tour Reservation Form. For additional information, please email gilcrease-tours@utulsa.edu.

Before touring, please review the following guidelines and policies:

Group Responsibilities and Guidelines
Chaperone Expectations
While at the Museum (Museum Manners for Students)
Transportation Funding
Museum Visit Evaluation

Tour Topics

K-1st
50 Student Maximum
50 Minutes
First Visit: My Favorite Things
The First Visit tour will give younger children a positive, fun, and educational museum experience. The tour will expose students to art, cultural artifacts and historical information that facilitates an understanding of what life was like for people of different cultures who lived in different times and places than they do. The First Visit tour will also instill in students the awareness that museums are child-friendly and inviting places that are both fun and educational; a place they will want to return to again and again after their “First Visit.”


K-1st
24 Student Maximum
30 Minutes
Kravis Konnections
Young museum visitors discover the wonders of the artifacts found in the Kravis Discovery Center in ways that help them describe items by identifying colors and shapes, comparing item sizes, and how the items may have been used.


K-5th
25 Student Maximum
60-120 Minutes (Flexible)
Interactive Art Sense Tour
The Interactive Art Sense Tour is an opportunity for students and teachers to learn more about Gilcrease Museum’s collections through interactive experiences designed to address a variety of learning styles by using a multi-sensory approach. The Art Cart is the main component of the tour, loaded with art supplies, reproduction artifacts and activities used to experience specific works of art. The Interactive Art Sense Tour leads the group through specific exhibitions, Masterworks of the Gilcrease Collection and Enduring Spirit. In each exhibition, two or three works of art are featured. This tour is flexible and can be customized to teacher’s preferences, seeing one work of art from each exhibition, focusing on one exhibition only, or seeing several works from one or two exhibitions, or all exhibitions – all depending on the school’s available time to spend at the museum.


2nd-3rd
24 Student Maximum
30 Minutes
Kravis Discovery Center Treasure Hunt
Students complete worksheets using the Kravis Discovery Center’s computers to discover information about specific items. Once their worksheets are complete, the students explore the storage drawers to see the actual items they have researched.


2nd-3rd
50 Student Maximum
45 Minutes
Small Talk: Enduring Spirit
Small Talk tours focus on how early settlers and Native Americans shared Western America. Students look at works of art from the Southwest and Mexico galleries and use touch-objects and artifacts at tour stops to explain key concepts.


2nd-8th
25 Student Maximum
90 Minutes
Art Encounters
Have fun learning to make friends with a work of art. Classes will spend a half an hour to 40 minutes in the galleries, concentrating on one or two works of art, studying them, discussing them, and making friends with them. The second half of the program focuses on an art project that relates to the artwork that has been studied. The gallery sessions will include sketching activities. Students and teachers will learn new ways to get to know and understand art work as well as share what they know already. Different groups will be able to come to a single painting and come away with different experiences based on the dynamics of each group. Art Encounters is an interdisciplinary program that includes language arts, science, history, mathematics and art appreciation. Art Encounters is a program for teachers and students to experience together.


3rd and up
45 Student Maximum
45-60 Minutes
Enduring Spirit: Native American Artistic Traditions
Enduring Spirit tours highlight some of the museum’s vast collection of Native American art and artifacts. Tours will look at art and artists from the Plains, the Southwest, Northwest Coast and Arctic regions of North America. Major themes of this exhibition include change and continuity, cultural differences and Native American expressions of self-identity. Oklahoma artists such as Acee Blue Eagle, Woody Crumbo and Willard Stone are represented.


4th and up
24 Student Maximum
60 Minutes
Kravis Discovery Labs
Kravis Labs provide opportunities for students to explore the Kravis Discovery Center. Kravis provides access to thousands of objects relating to the early history of the Americas. From 12,000-year-old Clovis points to 20th-century Plains Indian beadwork, the Kravis Discovery Center brings together technology and artifacts for an exciting new look at the museum’s anthropology collection.


4th and up
50 Student Maximum
60 Minutes
Masterworks of the Gilcrease Collection: Exploring the American Experience
Masterworks of the Gilcrease Collection showcases the museum’s treasure of art, artifacts and historical documents, with examples reflecting the broad spectrum of the American Experience. The tour presents art as seen in landscapes, portraits and sculptures as well as examples of Native American archeological and ethnographic objects. Also included are documents from the museum’s archival collection, including the only known surviving handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence.