Tours at the Polk Museum of Art
The Polk Museum of Art Education Department offers tours year-round for adults and children.
Groups are always invited to visit the Museum on their own anytime during Museum hours. Admission is free.
Audio Guides to compliment your visit are available online HERE.
Please complete the form below to inform us of large self-guided tours (12+ persons). We will contact you if the Museum is unable to accommodate your visit.
Docent-Led Tours (one-hour)
Do you have a group or class that would like to have it’s own personalized tour? Visit the Polk Museum of Art with one of our Museum-trained volunteer docent tour guides. A minimum of ten people is required and must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups of sixty or more will be asked to split their group over two different tour hours. For student groups grades K-12, one chaperone is required per ten students. Docent-led tours have a $30 per docent fee. Groups of 25 or more may require two or more docents. Tours are typically one hour.
Docent-led tours focus on connecting conversations between visitors and art. Tours create an atmosphere to develop a love and appreciation for the arts, encourage critical thinking, and cover skills to connect viewers with exhibitions on view.
Agencies requesting that the tour fee be waived for their group must send a formal letter to the Museum on agency letterhead, a minimum of two weeks prior to their scheduled tour. The letter must state the reason(s) for the fee waiver.
Monthly Talks and Tours
We offer an array of free monthly Gallery Talks and Curator Tours throughout each month. Please visit our Upcoming Events page HERE for more information on all events. All upcoming tours are listed below.
Upcoming Docent-Led Tours
Upcoming Curator Tours
Join Dr. Alex Rich, Curator and Director of Galleries & Exhibitions, each month for an in-depth guided walk through in the museum galleries, where he will provide art historical and curatorial insight as he tours visitors through one of our current exhibitions. *Please note: Curator Tours and First Thursday Nights are canceled until September.
Through an agreement with Polk County Public Schools, every fourth-grade student will visit the Museum at some time during the school year. This means approximately 4,500 students walk through the Museum for a facilitated learning experience each year. Fourth-grade tours (90 minutes in length) are scheduled Mondays through Fridays at 10am. The Museum requires one chaperone per ten students.