Visitors can participate in free forty-five minute, docent-led public tours of the Museum’s current exhibitions. Space is limited to twenty participants. Please meet in the Museum lobby five minutes prior to the tour start time. Free docent tours are available:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 3 PM
Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 12:30 PM & 3 PM
Guided tours are led by Museum guides and occur during Museum hours for forty-five minutes to one hour. Tours will include an introduction to the history and architecture of the Museum, as well as highlights of the current exhibitions. You may schedule a tour for your high school or college class, or for corporate, tourist, or other special groups. Learn more
Self-guided tours are available for instructors and outside tour operators who wish to gather and/or lecture in the galleries during Museum hours. If your group will be viewing the exhibition without a lecture, or if members of your group will be moving independently throughout the galleries, please go to the section on non-guided groups. Learn more
New Perspectives tours are led by a New Museum Teaching Fellow, an emerging scholar in art history or a related field. The topics of the tours are based on the Fellow’s ongoing research and change monthly, engaging participants in uniquely focused examinations of selected objects and installations. This tour is held weekly on Wednesdays at 3pm with new topics each month. Please check the calendar for more details.
Join a New Museum docent and an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for a tour of our current exhibitions. Following the tour, participants are invited to join us for light refreshments. The tour is free with preregistration and includes Museum admission. This tour recurs on the second Sunday of each month. Please check the calendar for more details.
Architecture tours are led by New Museum docents and focus on the Museum’s building, which was designed by the architectural firm SANAA. Architecture tours are free with Museum admission. No preregistration is necessary. This tour recurs on the third Sunday of each month. Please check the calendar for more details.
Audio guides provide a great alternative to guided tours. Featuring interviews with artists and educators about current exhibitions, they are available for iOS and Android devices through the Gesso Experiences app. A limited number of devices are also available for rent at the Visitor Desk on the Ground Floor; devices are free of charge but a credit card is required to hold your reservation. Guides are available in ten languages: including English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Italian. Transcripts are also available through the app.