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K-12 School Group Tours

Guided and Self-Guided Visits for K-12 Students

The Rubin is a place for curious minds. Our K”“12 tours help students develop critical thinking skills and visual literacy while sparking interest and curiosity in the world around them.

To help us tailor a program for your students’ needs, simply fill out the K”“12 School Group Reservation Form.

Stay up to date with our latest COVID policies on our Plan a Visit page.


  • Sundays, Mondays, and Saturdays: Tours available from 11:00 AM
  • Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: Tours available from 10:00 AM
  • Tour Length: 60 minutes

Group Tour Fees

Groups pay a per-person rate or flat fee for guided tours, depending on the designation of their school. A standard K”“12 tour group consists of 10 to 15 students.

  • Adults: $25.00 each
  • Seniors (65 and older): $20.00 each
  • Students: $20.00 each
  • Museum members (Art + Abundance level or above): $7.00 each (Become a member today)


Select a Theme:

All about Buddha (All Grades)

Who was the man known as Buddha, and what were his teachings? On this tour, take a close look at artworks that illustrate the major tenets of Buddhism, which has influenced millions of people around the world.

Recommended workshop theme: Sacred Spaces

Animals (Grades K”“3)

Did you know animals play a strong role in Himalayan art and mythology? Find both familiar creatures and fantastical animal figures in our galleries and hear their legendary stories.

Recommended workshop theme: Sacred Spaces

How Is It Made? (All Grades)

Discover connections between art and history as you learn about different materials and techniques in the artwork at the Rubin Museum.

Recommended workshop theme: Artifact Investigation

What Is a Mandala? (All Grades)

Learn about the geometry and mathematical structures of the mandala, a representation of a celestial palace of enlightened beings and how they are used in Buddhist rituals.

Recommended workshop theme: 3D Mandalas

Mindfulness (All Grades)

What does it mean to be mindful? Slow down and take a deep breath while contemplating the thoughtful look at artwork in the museum’s collection.

Recommended workshop theme: Material Mindfulness

Silk Road (Grades 3″“12)

How do ideas and aesthetic styles travel? Discover how trade routes through the Himalayan region impacted history, art, and the spread of Buddhism and other religions.

Recommended workshop theme: Journey Maps


Enhance your museum experience with a hands-on workshop.

  • $175 for NYCDOE schools
  • $200.00 for NON-NYCDOE schools


High School groups interested in a self-guided visit pay a per person rate or flat fee for guided tours, depending on the designation of their school. A self-guided group must have a minimum of 10 students. Please keep in mind that self-guided groups must schedule their visit and follow our group visit guidelines.

Prefer to lead your students on a tour of your own design? Be our guest! Contact us for a complimentary teacher’s pass to plan your visit in advance.

  • All NYCDOE schools: $25.00 flat fee per group of 30 people (includes chaperones)
  • All Title I NYCDOE schools: Free
  • ISP schools: Annual fee + $25.00 flat fee per group of 30 people (includes chaperones)
  • Non-NYCDOE students, teachers, and chaperones: $13.00 each

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Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. The Rubin Museum is closed on Tuesdays.

One guide is assigned to every fifteen people.

*The Rubin Museum of Art can accommodate tour groups of under 10 visitors, with a minimum payment of 10 tickets.

Please review all guidelines prior to your scheduled visit.

For more information, please email us at


The Museum welcomes all visitors and offers guided tours and programs to accommodate all audiences including monthly tours for visitors with Alzheimer’s and dementia and Verbal Description and Sensory Tours. American Sign Language”“interpreted tours are available upon request. Learn more about accessibility at the Museum.

Image Credit
Photograph by Filip Wolak