College Groups

The Addison’s connection to the educational community is strengthened by its involvement with institutions of higher learning throughout New England.

Undergraduate and graduate instructors of education, art, art history, and the humanities are encouraged to bring their students to the museum to view internationally-recognized, continually changing exhibitions of historic and contemporary art and/or deepen connections to their courses by selecting works from the Addison’s collection for viewing in the Museum Learning Center.

Instructors may contact the education department to request a tour led by museum staff tailored to suit the needs and interests of the class, or may lead a class on their own.

Please note: Your group is welcome to view the exhibitions on your own, but we require that groups of 10 or more contact the education department in advance to make a reservation.

Arranging a College Group Visit

College tours are organized according to the content, level, and timeframe of your class and are led by full-time museum staff.

1. Explore the exhibitions pages to determine which exhibition(s) is/are most relevant to your syllabus, medium, or course themes.
2. Select a few possible dates and times to visit the gallery, Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Tours briefly introducing the exhibitions can be 15-20 minutes, while more exploratory tours can last up to 60 minutes, depending on your specific interests and needs.
3. Explore the possibilities of complementing exhibition tours with a visit to the Museum Learning Center by browsing the MLC Portfolios or the Addison Collection Database.
4. AT LEAST THREE WEEKS IN ADVANCE and preferably more to assure a reservation, email Jamie Kaplowitz Gibbons at By previous arrangement, tours may be complemented by discussion of corresponding works in the Museum Learning Center. A list of works must be submitted or discussed at least three weeks in advance.