In-Person School & Camp Tours

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Teachers may schedule a traditional tour led by a trained museum docent or a custom tour that aligns with their classes’ curriculum.


All PK-12th grade student groups must book a docent-guided tour.

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Docent-Guided Tours

Teachers may schedule a tour led by a trained museum docent. Docents are trained to help students “See the South,” focusing on the central themes of Southern Art.

  • School tours must have a minimum of 10 students.

Our school tour fee is $3.00 per student (including museum admission) EXCEPT for the following groups:

  • All Orleans and Jefferson Parish public school groups are FREE on all weekdays (tour and museum admission included)
  • All Louisiana residents are FREE on Thursdays (tour and museum admission included)
  • All Faculty chaperones are FREE (tour and museum admission included)
  • Parent chaperones are $12.00 per person or FREE on Thursdays (tour and museum admission included) 

Post-tour art activity option: Teachers may also book an art activity inspired by artwork viewed on tour. The art activity fee is $3.00 per student. Post-tour art activities are not offered in June, July and August.

Tours last approximately 1.5 hours; 2 hours if an art activity is requested.


The staff of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art welcomes all visitors to See the South through our collections. However, we expect visitors to respect each other, the building and the art objects by following a few simple rules.

  • Please place a nametag on each student.
  • Please leave all backpacks, packages and lunches at the coat check desk.
  • Do not touch the artwork.
  • Do not point at objects or artwork with fingers or pencils; use an open hand when speaking about a specific artwork
  • Do not lean on pedestals, cases or freestanding artwork.
  • Do not leave journals or books on pedestals or cases.
  • Visitors should stay with the group during tours.
  • The use of flash photography and videotaping is prohibited.
  • Students are not allowed in the store because of space limitations.


For safety reasons, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art requests that all busses load and unload at the corner of Camp and St. Joseph Streets on the museum side of the street, not in front of the Museum. The students will then walk to the entrance of the Museum in the center of the block.


There are no picnic facilities or snack areas on the museum grounds. No food or drink is allowed in the galleries.

Restroom Locations

The restrooms are located on the second and fifth floors. All students must be accompanied by an adult to the restroom.

Early Childhood Curriculum Program

Specialized tours for pre-k, kindergarten and first grade students

Created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute, The Ogden Museum’s Early Childhood Enrichment Program serves pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade children with the goal of making art approachable-teaching art in a way in which students can easily relate and understand–as well as introducing children a museum. This program also strives to increase literacy through the use of art. Prior to a visit to the Ogden Museum, students read and discuss a suggested book in class. During the students’ visit to the Ogden Museum, they view artwork related to the book and their conversations and participate in in-gallery activities reinforcing newly learned concepts and vocabulary. Suggested books Matthew’s Dream by Leo Leonni (introduction to a museum) The Room of Wonders by Sergio Ruzzier (collections and found objects) Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (neighborhood and place) Art from Her Heart by Kathy Whitehead (memories/Clementine Hunter).

Matthew’s Dream by Leo Lionni

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Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

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Customized Tours

Museum Educators are available to help teachers create tours that align with their classes’ curriculum. The Museum’s exhibitions provide the opportunity to explore several themes in Southern art and culture. Teachers and Museum Educators will work together to choose artworks around teacher selected topics.

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