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Tours and Outreach

Teachers and their students may explore the Museum’s exhibitions either with a Museum guide or independently.
Appointments are required of all school groups visiting the Museum.


Gavin Jantjes
b. 1948, South Africa
Acrylic on canvas
National Museum of African Art, purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, 96-23-1


Tours are based on objects and themes reflected in the museum’s collections and exhibitions.



10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
1 hour

Maximum 40 participants

Discover the National Museum of African Art with us! Bring your students to tour one of our exciting exhibitions and learn about the museum’s unique architecture. We’re underground! Examine objects and ideas through a variety of age-appropriate activities. Our guides use imaginative strategies to help students learn focused looking, and they tailor their tour to the needs of specific themes, grades, and ages. Touchable objects available upon request.

Please choose from our exhibitions, or for further information, visit our website to prepare for your class trip or call Frank Esposito at 202.633.4633. Tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pictures, Peoples And Places


Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon

November 21, 2013 – August 24, 2014

As a photographer for Life magazine, Eliot Elisofon traveled extensively throughout Africa where he photographed the continent’s diverse peoples, animals, and natural environments between the 1940s and 1970s. Integrate photography into a range of arts and academic curricula. Help students engage with the medium of photography and gain knowledge and skills through portraiture and identity, landscape and place, and culture and history.

Imagine Form And Function


African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection


Learn about design and the form and function of objects in the permanent collection by exploring the exhibition and drawing in the gallery with your students. Drawing materials available upon request.

Six activities for use in the classroom or at home, can be found here.


Museum representatives also travel to classrooms, community groups or senior centers to introduce audiences to African art.


Studio Africa

Since 2007, the Studio Africa Project has served DC Public Schools in connecting its students to African art and culture. Studio Africa is a yearlong program aimed to provide educational, cultural and artistic experiences on Africa for elementary students that will enable them to understand the continents varied geography, cultures, languages and people.

The education process is fostered by monthly hands-on art workshops led by museum staff, and dance and music demonstrations and performances led by professional musicians and dancers. Studio Africa is a partnership between the National Museum of African Art and the Links, Incorporated (Potomac Chapter).

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