School and Group Programs

The Nassau County Museum of Art’s school programs are based on authentic experiences with art and founded on the belief that all children can look at, talk about, and enjoy works of art, given an open and inviting environment to observe, question and reflect. We strive to create experiences that are inquiry based, interactive and multidisciplinary, in order to access the many varied ways that children learn. This is achieved by examining closely, thinking critically, and communicating collectively.  


Programs For K-16

Please schedule your visit 4-6 weeks in advance. Tours may be scheduled Tuesday through Friday. For more information, please email Rebecca Hirschwerk, Manager of School Programs at

Art Partner

3 visits per academic year
90 minutes
$1,200 per class

A year-long museum/school partnership in which students visit all three of NCMA’s exhibitions.

Interactive Gallery Experience
Gallery Sketching
Family Passes
Educator’s Guide
Professional Development*

Art Immersion

1 visit per academic year
90 minutes
$20 per student 

An extended museum visit with time for gallery sketching

Interactive Gallery Experience
Gallery Sketching
Family Passes
Educator’s Guide
Professional Development*

Art Matters

1 visit per academic year
60 minutes
$8 per student 

An hour long inquiry based museum visit

Interactive Gallery Experience

*Professional Development: An hour long visit to the galleries with the Education Department for a preview of the exhibition, open to teachers visiting with their students as well as other interested school staff.

Before You Visit

Let us know of any classroom connections you’d like for us to integrate into your visit. Our team of museum educators want your visit to connect with what you are doing in your classroom! You can also let us know if there is anything in particular we need to know about your students.

Remember to check the weather as the day of your trip gets closer. Have students dress appropriately, since there is a chance you will visit our outdoor sculptures or explore our grounds after your visit.

We have no lunchroom facilities available at the museum, and as a nature preserve we ask that any snacks consumed outside be cleaned up.

It helps if students, particularly in younger grades, wear nametags! This helps the museum educator during gallery conversations. 

When You Arrive

The Museum’s Saltzman building is a large brick building a short walk from our parking lot. You have 2 options to discuss with your bus driver. You can either have the bus pull up to the front of the Museum for students to arrive directly at the front door, or your bus can park in the parking lot and you can walk up the brick pathway to the front door.

With either choice, the Museum road becomes one way as you pull up to the Museum’s Saltzman building’s doors – buses can continue around the ring road to end up back at the parking lot.

Jackets, backpacks and water bottles will all be left in class bins when you enter or you may choose to leave them on your bus.

Guidelines for Group Visits

Our focus for tours is interactivity—helping visitors find personal and meaningful connections with works of art. Please discuss the following guidelines with your group before your visit, to ensure a positive experience.

Be Careful

Admiring is encouraged, touching is not. Artworks, including outdoor sculpture, may not be handled or climbed for any reason!

No running, jumping or gum-chewing in the building

All backpacks, packages, water bottles, coats and umbrellas must be left in the coat room upon entering

Please remember that this is a nature preserve; do not engage in any behavior that may harm or damage the wildlife or vegetation that resides here. Please remove any litter you or your group may create

Keep in Mind

An art museum is a place for reflection; please engage in quiet discussion as other groups and individuals concentrate on the exhibitions

We want your visit to be enjoyable and rewarding. With your cooperation we can continue the tradition of welcoming all visitors who love the museum as much as we do!  

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