Tour the Museum
Krannert Art Museum tours are designed to provide in-depth explorations of particular galleries and works of art within them.
University Class Visits & Tours
We welcome faculty and teaching assistants to schedule a class visit or tour of the museum or an exhibition during regular hours of operation. Please make reservations in advance to ensure that your class or group has adequate space and time in the museum.
K-12 School Tours
School tours are designed to provide in-depth explorations of a few works of art in a way that fits current curricular standards. Typically in a one-hour tour, students will visit four galleries and discuss one to two works of art in each gallery. The goal is to encourage students to strengthen their ability to look closely, think critically about the works of art, and formulate their own interpretations based on the contextual information provided by the guide.
Guided Group Tours
Free, guided tours are available for community groups of 8 people or more. Typically in a one-hour tour, visitors will visit 2-5 galleries and discuss a few works of art in each gallery.
Groups of 7 or fewer may take a self-guided tour anytime the museum is open. The goal of a museum visit is to look closely, think critically about the works of art, and formulate your own interpretations based on the contextual information provided in the gallery.
Tips | Make the Most of your Visit to KAM
As you explore the museum's temporary and permanent galleries, pay attention to the wall text and labels near each object on display.
Object labels can contain information about the artist, time period, and materials from which a piece of art is made. Sometimes, curators will provide descriptive text and background information on each work of art.
As you encounter works of art, consider observing and asking:
• What is going on in this work of art? What makes you think so?
• Name the first thing that comes to mind when you look at this artwork?
• Describe the lines, colors, and shapes.
• How would you describe the figure(s) shown in the work of art?
• What mood or feeling does this artwork convey to you? Why?
• If you could step into this artwork, what would you hear, feel, do, say?
• When and where do you think this work of art was made? What do you see that makes you think so?
• How do you think this artwork might have originally been used?
• Do you like it? Why or why not?
Explore the Permanent Collection
The Collections pages show some of the works of art in Krannert Art Museum's permanent collection. We suggest sharing the following with your students. Please note that these artworks may not be on display at the time of your visit.
Museum Etiquette and Guidelines
When individuals or groups visit the museum, it can be helpful to think about appropriate behavior in the galleries. Krannert Art Museum also has guidelines about items that are and are not permitted. Here's an overview:
Maintain Safe Distance | Please do not touch the artwork and try to stand at a safe distance from paintings and pedestals. The care you take helps to preserve the art on display.
Move Carefully | Be sure to walk slowly and carefully in the galleries. Please do not lean on walls or cases. Some galleries have benches or other seating, but there are also portable stools and seated walkers available near the entrances to the museum, if needed.
Secure Your Belongings | To keep the artwork safe from accidents, we ask that visitors do not bring large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, and heavy coats into the galleries. You may leave them in your vehicle or in a locker at one of the entrances. These lockers require a deposit of 25 cents which is returned when items are removed. There is no coat check available at the front desk, so please plan ahead.
Keep Snacks in the Café | The Palette Café is open year-round. Food and drink is permitted there and outdoors only. To protect the artwork, there is no eating, drinking, or chewing gum allowed in the galleries.
Photography | Where it is permitted, feel free to take photographs (always no flash, please), but there is no filming or tripods allowed without prior permission. The museum guards can let you know whether photography is permitted or prohibited in each gallery.
The complete outline of Museum Guidelines is posted at the entrances of the museum. Or, you can download here: Printable Guidelines