Planned Visit information

PLAN

YOUR VISIT!

Guided group tours for children and/or adults must be scheduled at least one (1) week in advance. The information in this section pertains specifically to guided group tours. To schedule a guided group tour, or for tour related inquiries, please call 318.329.2237 or email info@masurmuseum.org.

 

*Individuals and small groups who do not want a guided tour do not need an appointment to visit the museum.

  • Students will actively participate in the tour experience by discussing the artwork using art vocabulary and making meaningful, personal connections.
  • Students will experience an art activity that reinforces the concepts and/or techniques discussed/viewed in the galleries resulting in a tangible, personally meaningful understanding of the artwork.
  • Students will leave the museum knowing that it is a fun, enjoyable place to learn!

Tour Groups

Tour Teacher Checklist

Before you arrive

  1. With your students, please review the vocabulary words and share the Museum Manners section of the packet. 
  2. With your chaperones, please review the chaperone guidelines from the packet. Designate a minimum of two (2) adult chaperones per ten (10) students. Ask chaperones not to bring infants, younger children, or other siblings, because they will need to be able to focus on their chaperone duties.

Before you arrive

  1. If your group is 40 or more, divide the group in half. One half will take the 30 minute tour first; the other half will do the art activity first. After 30 minutes the groups will switch.
  2. Ask your students to form a semicircle in the museum’s lobby.
  3. Sign the guestbook for your entire group. Please include the group’s name and total number of participants, including chaperones.

Museum manners for Students

Teachers, please share and discuss these Museum Manners with your students. Remembering to follow these manners on the tour at the Masur Museum of Art will help keep the artwork safe and ensure everyone has a good experience on the tour.

 

  1. Empty your mouth. Food, drink, and gum are not allowed in the museum galleries.
  2. Stay at least 12″ away from the artwork and walls.
  3. Do not touch the artwork! Touching the artwork may result in damage. Oils from our fingers can break down paint, leave behind fingerprints, and cause corrosion in most materials used to create art.
  4. Keep your hand and feet to yourselves. Touching, pushing, or bumping into others may result in injuring someone else or damaging the artwork.
  5. Use indoor behavior. Running, jumping, and loud voices should be left outdoors.
  6. Leave pens, markers, and other writing/art materials at school or on the bus.
  7. Pay attention and be a tour guide later. If you return to the Masur Museum of Art with family or friends, you can take your guests on a tour using what you learned.
  8. Have fun and enjoy your visit to the Masur Museum of Art.

Museum manners for chaperones

Teachers, please share and discuss this information with your chaperones. Agreeing to be a chaperone for the Masur Museum of Art’s School Tour Program means you understand the following policies and agree to participate when asked by the tour guide.


  1. Chaperones should not bring infants, younger children, or siblings with them on the tour.
  2. Keep students with the group and encourage students to stay at least 12” away from the artwork and walls.
  3. Make sure students do not touch the art, use indoor voices, keep their hands and feet to themselves, and do not run inside the museum.
  4. Help students pay attention and participate by staying engaged with the group and the tour.
  5. Encourage student participation. If you feel you have a relevant response to the tour guide’s questions, please share, but allow your comment to complement the students ideas and allow students to answer first.
  6. Tour guide may call on you to help during the art project. Pay close attention to the instructions and help all students with the process.

Vocabulary

Teachers, please review these vocabulary words with your students prior to your museum tour.

Medium

A specific kind of artistic technique or means of expression as determined by the materials used or the creative methods involved: the medium of photography.  The materials used in a specific artistic technique: acrylic paints as a medium in a painting. Media is the plural of medium.

Figurative

A style of art that represents the way things actually look in real life.

Abstract

Subject matter in abstract art is not easy to recognize. Abstract artists do not try to show people, animals, or places exactly as they appear in the real world.  Many abstract artists feel their art best portrays what an artist feels and thinks, rather than what he or she sees.

Collage

A technique of composing art by using pieces of many materials on one surface. Often the pieces are very different from one another like newspaper clippings, photographs, wood, and metal.

Line

The 2-dimensional mark which joins two points on a surface.

Form

The literal shape and mass of an object or figure.

Shape

An area defined by linear, color or value boundaries.  Shapes are two-dimensional and Forms are three-dimensional.

Pattern

Pattern results from repeated lines and shapes.

Texture

The actual tactile characteristics of a thing or the visual simulation of such characteristics.

Symbol

A single image that often represents an idea or concept: the Bald Eagle symbolizes the United States of America, a dove symbolizes peace, and a heart symbolizes love.

Sculpture

Sculpture is three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining materials.  When something is three-dimensional it has height, width, and depth. People, houses, and trees are all three-dimensional.  Drawings, paintings, and photographs are two-dimensional, because they do not have depth.

Guided

Group Tours

Guided group tours are offered Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, upon request. Tours must be scheduled at least one (1) week in advance. 

Due to COVID-19 safety measures, group sizes are limited to no more than 20 participants at one time, and masks are required at all times inside the building. Tours typically take 30-45 minutes to complete and include a guided discussion of the exhibition(s) on view. Groups with more than 20 participants will need to plan for multiple time slots. To schedule a guided group tour, or for tour related inquiries, please call 318.329.2237 or email info@masurmuseum.org.

Accessibility &

Monday tours

The Masur Museum of Art is located in a historic home, not all of which is wheelchair accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors, and we invite groups unable to manage our stairs to schedule special tours on Mondays. 

During these times a representative selection of works from the upstairs galleries will be made available for viewing in the downstairs galleries. Wheelchair ramp access to the main museum building can be found inside the front door. Access to the River Galleries may be found on the south side of that building. Your visit is important to us; please contact the museum for any inquiries regarding accessibility and assistance. To schedule a guided group tour, or for tour related inquiries, please call 318.329.2237 or email info@masurmuseum.org.

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