Group Visits & Tours

Group Visits & Tours

The Blanton is pleased to offer a limited number of in-person group visits. To ensure we can accommodate your group, please contact us to make a request in advance.

School Group Visits

The Blanton’s school group visits aim to inspire curiosity and foster lifelong relationships between students and the art through interactive, inquiry-based explorations of art. In addition to in-person guided visits, the Blanton’s education department has developed a range of digital resources to support classroom and at-home learning. Learn more on our PK-12 Resources page.

Gallery Lesson Offerings

The Blanton is pleased to offer gallery lessons that focus on a variety of curricular topics ranging from literacy to social justice. Each guided lesson typically addresses Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS). Our most popular guided visits include:

Overview for all ages. Travel through the Blanton’s diverse collection, traversing time and space. Recommended for all grades as an introduction to considering art and ideas.

Designed for grades 3-8, but adaptable for all ages. Works of art from the Blanton’s collection will evoke empathy and inspire thoughtful conversation about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) topics, including responsibility, respect, safety, self, and collaboration.

Designed for grades 3-12, but adaptable for all ages. Discover connections between the visual language of art and the power of words while exploring the Blanton’s diverse collection. Students practice literacy skills (listening, speaking, thinking, reading, and writing) as they uncover multiple meanings, discover new perspectives, and create rich narratives through the shared creative experience of art and language.

Designed for grades 7-12. The mission of this guided visit is to evoke the empathetic imagination using artwork as a catalyst for challenging conversations about identity, diversity, justice, race, immigration, resilience, taking action, and more.

Designed for grades 2-5. Look at art through the lens of science! Explore creative connections between art and STEM principles throughout the Blanton’s collection. The Inquiring Minds guided visit encourages students to observe, question, connect, imagine, problem-solve, and form conclusions while considering age-appropriate STEM concepts. Students employ critical thinking and visual literacy skills transferable to multiple curricular areas.

Designed for grades PK-2. This gallery lesson integrates visual literacy skills with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) to link early childhood education concepts to students’ first
experiences in a museum setting.

Visit Times

Hour-long gallery lessons are available to school groups with at least two weeks advance notice. (Our schedule fills quickly, so booking early is advised.) We can accommodate a maximum of 60 students (and required chaperones*) Tuesday-Friday at 10:30am and 11:30am.

To request a guided visit for your school, please complete the K-12 Group Visit Request form below.

*1 chaperone is required for every 8 students.


School group visits are $5 per student, including on Tuesdays. Required chaperones and teachers accompanying the group are free. For planning purposes, teachers always receive free admission upon presentation of a school ID. Additional adults pay the general admission price of $15.

Drop Off & Parking

The Museum Drop-Off is on the east side of the museum building, directly across from Brazos Garage. Buses should plan to drop off students at this area. Students will then follow a short pathway to the entrance to the museum.

Bus parking near the Blanton is extremely limited. Please plan ahead.

Chaperones can park in the Brazos Garage to the east of the museum. Garage rates will apply.

A map of the Blanton’s grounds and museum buildings. Click on the image to view a PDF of our Visitor Map & Guide.

University of Texas Classes & Groups

Student, staff, and faculty groups are welcome to explore the museum through self-guided visits or guided visits. Blanton Educators are available to collaborate with faculty to create custom class visits to suit curricular needs and course objectives. In addition to in-person guided visits, the Blanton’s education department has developed a range of digital resources to support classroom learning. Learn more on our University Resources page.

Visit Times

University group visits are available Tuesday-Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm, with a maximum of 60 visitors per group.

Custom Guided UT Group Visits:

Self-Guided UT Group Visits:

If your college class/group is not affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin, please see the Adults and Other Area College & University Group Visits section below.


Self-guided and guided visits for current University of Texas faculty, staff and students are free of charge.


Student attendance must be mandatory for guided class visits. Professors and/or TAs are required to accompany their students on guided class visits.

Adults and Other Area College & University Group Visits

The Blanton provides several visit options for adults and students outside of the UT System.

Visit Times

Adult groups may request a guided visit on Tuesday-Friday afternoons with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 visitors per group. To request a guided or self-guided visit for your adult or non-UT university group, please complete the Visit Request Form.

Visit Types

Overview Visit: Features highlights of the collection with stops in the museum’s Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries, European Paintings Galleries, and Prints and Drawings Galleries. This guided visit surveys inspiring artworks spanning the Italian Renaissance to the cutting-edge contemporary art of North America and Latin America.

Permanent Collection Visit: An in-depth exploration of either the European Painting Galleries or the Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries.

Special Exhibition Visit: An engaging look at one of the Blanton’s special exhibitions.


Adult Guided Visits are $15 per person, including on Tuesdays. Senior group visits are $12 per person. Non-UT college group visits are $8 per student. Non-UT college faculty are free with a valid ID, although donations are welcome.

Team-Building Workshops

Is your organization looking for fresh ways to inspire and empower internal teams?

Are you and your colleagues seeking creative activities to encourage thoughtful interaction and improve communication?

Our staff development workshops and customized retreats will provide an invaluable experience for workgroups in the corporate, technology, health, and non-profit sectors.  Sample workshops include:

  • Team Dynamics and Communication
  • Different Ways of Thinking: From the Critical to the Creative
  • Building Community around Shared Values and Stories
  • Resilience and Well-being
  • Playful Challenges

For more information or to request a workshop, please contact Ray Williams, Director of Education and Academic Affairs, ray.williams@blantonmuseum.org

Public Tours

A gallery teacher will introduce the group to the permanent collection or a special exhibition. The Blanton’s Butler Gallery, Paper Vault, and Contemporary Project galleries change regularly so you will always see something new on every visit.

Public tours are on a first-come, first-served basis. Check in with the Visitor Services Desk to secure your place. Public tours are included with museum admission.

2023sat23sep5:30 pmPublic Tour - Art of Latin AmericaEnjoy a gallery teacher-led tour of our Latin American art galleries!5:30 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time

2023sun24sep3:00 pmVisita guiada pública [EN ESPAÑOL]: Joyas de la colección del BlantonAsimile los favoritos de los fans en esta visita guiada.3:00 pm(GMT-06:00) View in my time

2023tue26sep12:30 pmPublic Tour - Forces of NatureLearn more about these objects from Ancient Maya on a gallery teacher-led tour!12:30 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time

2023sat30sep5:30 pmPublic Tour - If the Sky Were OrangeLearn about the works and conversations around climate change on this gallery teacher-led tour5:30 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time

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