El Museo offers a variety of guided visits facilitated by museum educators for K-12, college and graduate school students, professional organizations, adults, and individuals with special needs. During these inquiry-based visits museum educators facilitate interactive discussions while encouraging observation and discovery, analysis and interpretation as well as the sharing of individual perspectives.

Each guided visit is an hour long, allowing groups to discuss 4-5 objects in depth. For K-12 groups, conversations are complemented by gallery activities which may include movement, writing, or sketching, and appeal to multiple ways of learning and interpreting.


Guided visits can be complemented by hands-on workshops. These workshops provide visitors an opportunity to enhance their experience in the galleries through art-making. Art forms explored in the hour-long workshops may include printmaking, painting, collage, drawing, and creative writing. Hands-on workshops are recommended for K-12 groups, but can be adjusted to meet the needs of any visitors. All of our programs are offered in English, Spanish or both.

Guided visits and hands-on workshops align with NYS Learning Standards, NYC Blueprint for the Arts, National Visual Arts Standards and Common Core Standards.


ALL visits must be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance. Please be aware that your guided visit is not confirmed until you receive a Confirmation Sheet and Invoice; your self-guided visit is not confirmed until you receive a Confirmation Sheet. Note that we may not be able to accommodate unannounced groups or groups exceeding the reserved capacity.

Groups consist of maximum 25 students plus chaperones and teachers. We can accommodate larger groups by dividing them into smaller ones. There should be 1 chaperone for every 5 students in grades K-2, 1 chaperone present for every 10 students for grades 3-8, and one chaperone for every 15 high school students.

Step 1) Review the updated themes and group visit guidelines and policies for your guided visit, or self-guided visit.

Guidelines for a Guided Visit >
Guidelines for a Self-Guided Visit >

Step 2) To complete the Reservation Request Form, click here!

Step 3) You will receive an email Confirmation Sheet (and Invoice for guided visits) from Group Visits which should be brought on the day of your visit.

Step 4) For guided-visits, please make your visit payment at least two weeks before the scheduled visit or you will lose your time slot. Payments on the spot will not be accepted. To pay via credit card, please call 212-660-7113 or email To pay by check, please send your check and a copy of your invoice to:

El Museo del Barrio
Attn: Finance Department
1230 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029


Guided visits (1 hour):
$125 for up to 25 students from a New York City public school
$175 for up to 25 participants from other groups

Guided visits and Hands-on workshops (2 hours):
$175 for up to 25 students from a New York City public school
$250 for up to 25 participants from other groups

Storytelling and Hands-on workshop (90min):
$175 for up to 25 students from a New York City public school
$225 for up to 25 participants from other groups

Around the Block (90min):
$175 for up to 20 students from a New York City public school
$225 for up to 20 participants from other groups

Due to the generous support of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in partnership with the New York City Council and Council Members Inez Dickens, Daniel Dromm, Daniel Garodnick, Mark Levine, and Annabel Palma, we offer complimentary visits to all New York City public schools located in their districts. Please include your district number on your reservation request form.

Due to the generous support of Target, El Museo offers Target Free Field Trips to New York City Title 1 Schools. Note that a valid credit card is necessary to reserve your visit. Your card will only be charged in case of a late cancellation, i.e., less than 5 business days before your booked visit. To reach as many students as possible, we offer one Target Free Field Trip per class each semester (one free visit for a group of up to 25 students for gallery visits and cultural celebrations or one free visit for a group of up to 20 students for Around the Block).
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Parking and Lunch:
El Museo does not provide facilities for parking or group lunches. To order food from El Café for your group, please email the café manager at at least a week before the scheduled visit.


Playing with Fire presents a series of works that use radical activism, humor, shock, and artistic engagement to challenge our expectations and prompt social action. The show contains a constant interplay between the political–with references to war, weaponry, immigration, colonialism, imperialism, and urban neglect—as well as the comedic–with verbal and visual absurdities, contradictions, and puns. Like its title, the exhibition invites you to reflect on how dangerous, yet alluring, it is to play with fire. Due to the content in the exhibition, tours are exclusively offered for high school and college students, adults and professional groups. Visits are limited to 25 participants due to gallery capacity and available October 21 through February 7, 2015.
Learn More about Playing With Fire >

It’s storytelling time at El Museo! Enjoy stories from the Caribbean, Latin America and the Latino communities in the United States. We will learn about life-changing experiences, customs and traditions through a special selection of books. Join us in reading Waiting for the Biblioburro, by author Monica Brown and illustrator John Parra. We will also engage in a conversation, relate it to our own experiences, and finish with a related hands-on workshop in our Talleres. This program is recommended for K-8, but can be adapted for all ages. Storytelling and artmaking are offered in English, Spanish, or both. The visit is 90 minutes long and it aligns with New York State Common Core Standards. Group visits start on January 20, 2015.


Explore how Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997) helped forge an enduring and evocative image of Mexico. Through film clips as well as artworks from artists of the time, learn about the network of appropriations, exchanges and reinterpretations that formed Mexican visual identity and visual culture in the mid-twentieth century and beyond. This program is recommended for all ages, and additional hands-on workshops are recommended for K-12, but can be adjusted for any age. Visits are available from mid-February to mid-June, 2015.
Learn More about Under The Mexican Sky >

This program consists of a sensory-rich walking tour of El Barrio, which allows visitors to take in the sights and sounds of the neighborhood. Stops include local businesses, murals, community gardens, and cultural institutions. At each location, participants engage in hands-on activities and discussions about the ways in which El Museo and the neighborhood have been shaped by the cultural and social practices of the residents of El Barrio. Around the Block Tours are available from late April through late September.
Learn More about El Barrio >

Discover the Pre-Columbian roots and contemporary customs of Día de los Muertos, a festive Mexican cultural celebration which honors ancestors and the cycle of life. The visits aim to promote respect for the cultural traditions and spirituality of the holiday, while interpreting the themes in more universal ways. Visits are available October through the beginning of November. Please check back in August for the reservation request form.
Learn More about Día de Los Muertos >