Students in the galleries learning from a Docent 

School Tours

August 13, 2018 – May 31, 2019, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

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Docent-led tours emphasize an interactive and inquiry-based approach to looking at and discussing works of art. Docents will engage your students by visiting several galleries and discussing a selection of art during the hour-long tour, so that students may have time to make quality observations, draw meaningful connections, communicate more deeply about the visual arts, and practice their critical thinking skills. Self-guided tours need not be limited to one hour. For more information please contact Emily Jarvi, School Experience Manager at 616.831.2928 or

School tours and workshops may be requested during open museum hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

Students: $4
Adult Chaperones: Free (ratio of one per every 10 students; additional adults will be charged the group tour admission rate for adults: $7)
Classroom Teachers: Free

The following tour themes are available for school groups:

Art + History: Social Studies Through the Eyes of Artists
Connect paintings by Thomas Hart Benton, Richard Diebenkorn, and other artists in the permanent collection to the U.S. and Michigan History curriculum. Consider themes such as the landscape, social/political structures, and westward expansion on a tour that teaches students strategies for critical literacy.

Learning to Look: An Introduction to the Museum Experience
Analyze the formal qualities of art to gain a complete understanding of the art-making process. By identifying and discussing elements and principles such as composition, color, line, texture, scale, proportion, balance, contrast, and rhythm, students will unlock the choices artists make to tell their stories.

Green Features: Exploring the Relationship Between Nature, Sustainability, and Creativity
Experience the green features of world’s first LEED® Gold-certified art museum. A guided conversation takes you through an investigation of the building and works of art inside.

Current Exhibitions
Explore new and exciting temporary exhibitions currently on view at GRAM. Our dynamic exhibitions are always changing and provide a unique experience with every visit. Click here for information about our current and future exhibitions.

Permanent Collection
As the heart of the Museum, our collection is constantly growing and changing-just like the city it serves. For over 100 years, GRAM’s collection has been cultivated to include a diverse array of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and a growing collection in the area of design and modern craft that highlight more than 5,000 years of human creativity. From a trove of over 6,000 objects, GRAM’s curators refresh the Museum’s third floor galleries every quarter, presenting visitors with new works and old favorites to experience and enjoy.

Self-Guided Tours
Lead the museum experience yourself by registering your students for a self-guided tour. Explore the museum’s collection and special exhibitions at your own pace while focusing on works directly related to your groups interest.