Planning a K–12 Self-Guided Visit
Bring your class on a self-guided visit to the Rubin Museum of Art as an exciting way to enhance your curriculum and expand student learning.
Please keep in mind that self-guided groups must also schedule their visit and be aware of our group visit guidelines. All self-guided groups are welcomed to the museum with a brief 5–10 minute orientation by a museum staff member.
If you would like to visit the galleries before your group tour, we offer a complimentary teacher's pass after you have scheduled your trip.
To prepare for your visit:
- Download our educator guides: "Storytelling in the Himalayan Region" and "Animals in Himalayn Art"
- Download our gallery activity guides for students to sketch and explore on their own
- Browse our resources for learning
- Explore our multimedia resources
- Download our K–12 School Group Visit Guidelines
Telling stories is a great way to engage a student of any age with a work of art. Students can make the connection between what is happening in a painting or sculpture and the action of a story, learning not just about the object itself but also about the traditions and beliefs of the people who made it. The guide includes stories to tell and questions to ask about each work of art, as well as activities to do at the museum and in the classroom. Adaptable for any age level.
Animals in Himalayan Art
Animals are everywhere in Himalayan art and are an accessible entry point for close looking and discussion with younger students. This guide focuses on works of art from the Hindu tradition. The objects, questions, and activities featured explore the role of animals in Hindu art from the Himalayas, including animal vehicles (vahanas) that many Hindu gods and goddesses ride. It includes stories to tell and questions to ask about each work of art, as well as activities to perform at the museum and in the classroom. Adaptable for grades K–6. Click here to download the guide.