Group Experiences

Welcome! The KMA welcomes adult groups to explore the Museum. Lecture to your own group in the galleries or reserve a private tour with a Museum guide. Engaging, hour-long private tours are led by trained Museum guides and offer extraordinary opportunities for your group to make the most of their encounters with great works of art.

Request an in-person guided tour, reserve admission and lead your own small group, or request a live virtual tour led by a Museum guide. For additional information, select a category below.

Experience art from around the world with a group visit.
Adult Groups  

Introduce your students to the richness and diversity of works of art at the KMA. 
School Groups 

The Museum provides experiences for visitors of all abilities. 
Visitors with Disabilities 

Discover works of art with an engaging virtual group tour. 
Camp and Youth Groups 

Engage with the KMA online through live conversations led by a Museum guide. 
Virtual Groups 

 

Adult Groups

Public docent-led tours: want to know more about the artists and techniques featured in an exhibition? Take a docent-led tour! Docents are gifted tour guides eager to share their knowledge in informational, interactive tours. This is a terrific way to learn more about art and history while you visit. Docent-led tours are offered Tuesday – Sunday at 2:30 PM, last 45 minutes to an hour, and are free to members and included with admission for non-members. There are no regularly scheduled docent tours during Young Artists and juried exhibitions. 

Guided tours: Recommended for groups of 6 or more adults (including staff), or any organized group (such as assisted living facilities, group homes, community-based organizations, and clubs). Tours may be arranged by appointment during regular Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Tours run approximately 45 minutes. The Museum has no indoor eating facilities. Although no food is available for purchase, the Sculpture Garden may be used for picnics, weather permitting.

Reservations: Advance reservations are necessary for all guided tours and for self-guided groups of 8 or more people (including staff). Please make reservations at least 3 weeks in advance. To make a reservation, please contact education@katonahmuseum.org or 914-767-2985. 

Guided tour fee: Adult: $11. Senior or special needs: $6; staff and tour organizer are free.

Group size:  Limited to 40 people. Groups larger than 20 may be split into two rotating tours.

Accessibility and Group Visits: The Katonah Museum of Art is wheelchair accessible and listening devices are available upon request. Visits are collaboratively planned to meet the physical, developmental, and educational needs of every group.

For additional information or to request a group tour, contact us at education@katonahmuseum.org or 914-767-2985.. Your health and safety are our top priorities. All groups must follow current Visitor Guidelines.

School groups

With close to 100 member schools and service organizations, the Education Department is a rich resource for curriculum based learning.  We encourage collaboration to develop new ways of connecting visual observation to classroom objectives.  Each new exhibition, part of a diverse schedule that explores ideas about art, culture, and society, affords a unique opportunity for the study of fine art, language arts, social studies, and the sciences. The KMA schedules 2 – 3 exhibitions during each academic year.  Plan your visits early. Contact the Education Department or 914-767-2985.

On visits to the KMA your students will:

  • Explore original art through close study and engaging discussion
  • Develop visual, verbal, and critical thinking skills as they learn to “read” art
  • Think about how art connects to their lives, to their environment, and to academic subjects such as language arts, social studies, math, and science
  • Express ideas through hands-on activities

Plan a Visit: Tours run Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. School programs are 60 to 90 minutes in length depending on the age of the students and the goals of the visit and include a hands-on activity.  Group size is limited to 50, with one teacher or chaperone for every 15 students. You will receive a confirmation letter prior to your visit and suggested pre- and post-visit activities that will enable your class to get the most out of their Museum experience.

Virtual Tours: KMA educators lead an engaging, interactive discussion with students over Zoom, Google classroom or your preferred remote learning platform. Using high quality exhibition images and open-ended, thought-provoking questions, students dive deep into the artworks from KMA's exhibitions. Developing observation skills, making connections between ideas, building vocabulary and exploring larger concepts are a few of the critical thinking skills practiced during a KMA virtual tour experience. Educator materials are also provided with lesson plans and activity suggestions for the classroom.  Contact the Education Department, (914) 232-9555 ext. 2985 to discuss the specifics of your tour.

Talk To Us: We invite you to collaborate with us so we can tailor a school tour to meet your goals. Or, consider extending your visit with one of our innovative Museum Education Programs

Fees: $8 per student for non-member schools. Schools may participate in the School Membership Program for $275 per academic year. This fee allows for an unlimited number of free visits during the school year.  District-wide memberships may receive additional savings. BOCES, Arts in Education may cover the costs of the KMA fee. If the cost of a bus is preventing your class from visiting the Museum, a special Bus Fund based on need is now available.  For more information, please contact Contact the Education Department or 914-767-2969.

visitors with disabilities

The Museum is committed to providing learning experiences for youth and adults of all abilities. We tailor our programs to fit the needs, abilities, and interests of people of all ages. Visits are collaboratively planned to meet the physical, developmental, and educational parameters of each group.

Choose a guided visit, a self-guided visit to explore the galleries with your group on your own, or a program at your site for those unable to travel to the Museum. The Museum is committed to making its programs and services accessible to all audiences.

We can adapt guided visits to the varying needs of students on school visits. To request a visit appointment for your class, please see School Groups. A social narrative (PDF) prepares students with sensory difference for a guided school visit. Appointments are required for all groups visiting the Museum.

Camp and Youth Groups

We invite camp and youth organizations to request a Group Tour led by trained Museum educators and volunteers. 

Tours for after-school groups, clubs, and troops: Age appropriate, interactive tours are offered during regular Museum hours (except during the daily 2:30 PM public docent tour). Tours run approximately 90 minutes and include a hands-on art activity.

Fees: Child: $8 (chaperones free). The Museum has no indoor eating facilities. Although no food is available for purchase, the Sculpture Garden may be used for picnics, weather permitting.

For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact education@katonahmuseum.org or call  914-767-2985.

Virtual groups

The KMA welcomes adult and personal groups for live, online discussions led by a Museum guide. To request an appointment, please contact education@katonahmuseum.org at least two weeks in advance.