GUIDED VISITS + HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS


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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CURRENT VISITS



Waiting for the Biblioburro, by author Monica Brown and illustrator John Parra, tells the true story of a librarian in Colombia bringing the magic of storytelling to children around the country. During this program students will engage in interactive storytelling, find personal relationships to the story, and finish by making their own book.
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Through the discussion of Emily’s Art by Peter Catalanotto and an art-mak­ing activity, students put into practice philosophical skills, including careful listening, thoughtful questioning, and constructive agreeing and disagreeing. Students will determine the direc­tion of the discussions while one of our educators helps them identify and think critically about interesting philosophical questions.
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Investigate new acquisitions from our permanent collection in the exhibition Figure and Form. Showcasing contemporary pieces in a variety of mediums, this program promotes discussion and contemplation of the issues and subjects affecting the Latino community today. Explore these unique artworks while debating, collaborating with peers, and making personal connections.
Grades 9-12, 1 hour guided visit or 2 hour guided visit with hands on workshop*
Visits available: January-December 2016
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UPCOMING VISITS





THE ILLUSIVE EYE: Líneas, formas, colores!
Come explore a world full of lines, shapes, patterns, and color! In The Illusive Eye, students will experience optical art while identifying and manipulating shapes and lines. This interactive experience will include close looking, drawing activities, group work and discussion, movement, and more! Through understanding the playful nature of optical art we will begin to see the role that math plays in its creation.
Grades Pre K-3, 90 minutes includes a 45 minute gallery experience and 45 minute hands on workshop*
Visits available: February 8 – May 21
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THE ILLUSIVE EYE: Revealing Art, Hidden Math
Discover art that plays with patterns, shapes, colors, and even your vision! In The Illusive Eye, students will experience optical art while seeing first-hand how mathematical concepts come into play in its creation. Together, through investigating the artwork we will ask, can art based on math contain narrative, emotion, and culture? This interactive experience will include close looking, discussion and debate, and drawing activities.
Grades 4-8, 1 hour guided visit or 2 hour guided visit with hands on workshop*
Visits available: February 8 – May 21
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THE ILLUSIVE EYE: The Responsive Student
Think critically about art, culture, and society as you view The Illusive Eye. At the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, The Responsive Eye, students will see works by Latin American artists that were previously left out of this landmark show. Students will question practices of cultural representation and criticism. Who decides what is worthy to showcase? Why are some individuals included in, or left out of, the story? Debate optical art’s place in the world while grappling with big questions that promote critical thinking and evidence based discussions.
Grades 5-12, 1 hour guided visit or 2 hour guided visit with hands on workshop*
Visits available: February 8 – May 21
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


BOOK A GUIDED OR SELF-GUIDED VISIT HERE >>

Before booking your visit please check our FAQ >>

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 groupvisits@elmuseo.org. 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

PRICING FOR GUIDED VISITS >>

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.

Target Free Field Trips
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ACCESSIBILITY >>

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 groupvisits@elmuseo.org. We look forward to speaking with you about any accommodations and making your experience as enjoyable as possible!

For further information please check our FAQ at www.elmuseo.org/group-visit-faqs.