Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art


Explore the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s exhibitions through inquiry-based guided tours and discover the different ideas present in contemporary art. Students will work with a partner or a small group to analyze specific artworks and follow up with ELA and Visual Arts activities. Each exhibition connects to multiple ELA standards, but the show will also connect with a variety of other subjects. Each exhibition’s content is different!

In addition to free guided tours in the Halsey Institute’s exhibitions, the Curator of Education and Public Programs can come to your classroom before a tour and prepare students for their trip to the museum.

The tours are led by knowledgeable and experienced guides and can be adapted to different time lengths, group sizes, and ages. Lessons within the galleries can be easily customized to follow specific classroom course objectives as the Looking to See tour guides are well versed in exhibition content and eager to collaborate with educators. Tour guides support group conversations about the objects in the exhibition and the ideas and themes the works introduce. Your students will be encouraged to share their thoughts in an atmosphere that challenges them to make connections between the art, outside references, and their own experiences. They will learn from the tour guide, but they will also learn from each other.

More than 3,700 people have explored the Halsey Institute’s exhibitions with Looking to See tour guides since the program began!