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. 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.

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El Museo also offers an extended version of our Around the Block program! Immediately following the tour, students are encouraged to reflect upon the importance of art in our neighborhoods, activism, and visual communication through an art-making workshop. Participants will then learn about different traditions and styles of Latin music and dance such as salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, and tango through a movement and music workshop. By the end of the program participants will have explored local Latino Culture in many different ways.

For an extended experience take part in our guided visit with our art exploration and creativity program! This program enhances students’ engagement with art through discussion and exploration of unconventional artistic materials and culminates in the creation of their own work of art. Following the visit, students will go to nearby Central Park (across the street) with a teaching artist and reflect on the great variety of shades, colors, and forms that can be found while exploring nature through the lens of an artist. Participants will then immerse themselves in a hands-on workshop where they will learn new approaches to art and foster imagination and critical thinking.


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 grades 4 through College.
Learn about Under The Mexican Sky >

It’s storytelling time at El Museo! Enjoy stories from the Caribbean, Latin America and the Latino communities in the United States. 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. Storytelling and artmaking are offered in English, Spanish, or both. Please note that this program doesn’t have a gallery component. This Program is recommended for K-3, but can be adapted for all ages, and aligns with New York State Common Core Standards.

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.
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Discover how Rodriguez Calero (RoCa), presents a different perspective on Latino life and culture through a unique combination of painting and collage. By using a mixture of techniques, her work raises interesting questions about the relationships between symbols of urban culture, art history, and religion. Join us to explore and discuss the new dimensionalities of city life that this Nuyorican artist creates. Visits available from August 4 – October 17, 2015.
Learn about RoCa>


Explore Cut’n Mix and engage with the work of artists experimenting with collage, expanding the techniques of cutting paper and mixing various mediums together. This exhibition reinterprets some of the concepts from Cut N’ Mix: Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music, a series of essays by Dick Hebdidge in 1980, where the author explored variations of Caribbean reggae, dancehall and other music and dance styles as symbols for Caribbean ideas of nationhood, belonging, and the making of culture. Visits available from August 4 – October 17, 2015.
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Explore the legacy of the Young Lords, a group of young political activists that changed the landscape of East Harlem and Latino history. Through photographs, posters, artwork and publications, get an in-depth account of political actions the group inspired and enforced, and their impact on New York City. Visits available from August 4 – October 17, 2015.
Learn about The Young Lords in New York>

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 to schedule a visit.
Learn about Día de Los Muertos >



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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 participants 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 participants from a New York City public school
$250 for up to 25 participants from other groups

Guided visit, artistic exploration and art-making (3 hours):
$275 for up to 25 participants from a New York City public school
$350 for up to 25 participants from other groups 

Storytelling and Hands-on workshop (90min):
$175 for up to 25 participants 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 participants from a New York City public school
$225 for up to 20 participants from other groups

Around the Block, hands-on-workshop and movement workshop (3hours)
$275 for up to 20 participants from a New York City public school
$350 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. Please note that this does not apply for summer camps.

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). Please note that this does not apply for summer camps.

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El Museo welcomes all visitors to enjoy our programs and visits in an inclusive environment.

El Museo is fully wheelchair accessible. Two wheelchairs and a select number of stools are available for free at coat check.

If your group has special needs or you have questions about the accessibility of our guided visits, please contact us at We look forward to speaking with you about any accommodations and making your experience as enjoyable as possible!

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