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

Each guided tour 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. All of our programs are offered in English, Spanish or both.


Guided tours 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.

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


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 tours aim to promote respect for the cultural traditions and spirituality of the tradition, while exploring the shared and universal values of the festivities. Tours are available from October 1 to November 8, 2014.
Reservations are available starting in August.
Learn More about Día de los Muertos >

Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions

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 exhibition reflects the spirit of the founding of El Museo del Barrio by Raphael Montañez Ortíz at the end of the 60s, an era of social unrest. 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, as well as adults and professional groups. Please note that tours are limited to 25 participants due to gallery capacity. Tours are available October 21st through January 3rd.
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MARISOL: Sculptures and Works on Paper
Explore the many facets of Marisol Escobar, a Paris-born Venezuelan artist, best known for her influential work during the American Pop Art movement. Join our educators on a journey from her early prints and cast metal works to her better known plywood and plaster sculptures. Throughout the tour we will consider the socially pressing issues relevant in Marisol’s work and style, such as women’s rights, family roles, and representations of political, historical, and contemporary figures. This program is recommended for all ages, and additional hands-on workshops are recommended for K-12, but can be adjusted for any age. Tours are available October 21st through January 10th.
Learn More about Marisol >


Learn about the traditions of this festive holiday which celebrates the story of the three wise men. The day is observed in the Caribbean, Latin America, and in Latino communities throughout the United States, including El Barrio. Participants are introduced to the art and music associated with this celebration, such as costumes and giant puppets from the East Harlem’s annual parade and DivEdCo posters from Puerto Rico. Tours are available from early December to early February and booking begins in October.
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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.
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Visits must be scheduled 4 weeks in advance. Your visit is not confirmed until you receive a Confirmation Sheet and Invoice.

Step 1) Review the 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) Complete the Reservation Request Form here.
Step 3) You will receive an email Confirmation Sheet and Invoice from Group Visits which should be brought on the day of your tour.
Step 4) Please make your tour payment at least a week before the scheduled tour or you may lose your time slot. 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 Tours:
$125 for up to 25 students from a New York City public school
$175 for up to 25 participants from other groups

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

Día de los Muertos Guided tour and Hands-on workshop:
$175 for up to 25 students from a New York City public school
$225 for up to 25 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 tours 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 all New York City Title 1 Schools. To reach as many students as possible, we offer one Target Free Field Trip per class each semester. Please contact us for further information at

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 tour.