Tours & School Programs

Docent Tours

The Springfield Art Museum offers guided tours free of charge. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the hundredth, a docent-led tour is a great way to explore the Museum! Tours are available for groups of all kinds and for all ages. They generally last 45 minutes to an hour and can be customized to fit the needs and interests of your group. To ensure docent availability, please schedule your tour at least a month in advance. Contact the Museum Educator at (417) 837-5700 or with questions or to schedule a tour. 

Interested in becoming a docent? Learn more by visiting our Become a Docent Page.
Field Trips
Field Trips

Field Trips

The Springfield Art Museum is a great place to learn! We can customize field trips to make connections between our collection and your curriculum, and to meet the needs of your students. Our field trips emphasize open-ended inquiry and interactive learning.

5th Grade Tours

Each fall, over 2,000 fifth-graders visit the Springfield Art Museum for docent-led tours.  Students are encouraged to wonder, observe and interpret and to think of the Museum and its collection as their own. This program is made possible by a dedicated corps of volunteer docents and by SMMA, which provides transportation for all participating schools.


Placeworks provides arts residencies and field trips to school districts that are members of the Rural Schools Partnership at no cost to the participating school. More information about this program, which is a partnership between the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Springfield Art Museum, can be found at or by contacting the Museum Educator at (417) 837-5700 or We will begin accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year shortly--check back! 


Art@Work is a collaboration between the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield Public Schools and the Missouri Job Center. A teaching artist and a jobs specialist work with 4th graders at Boyd Elementary each month to develop skills needed in the workforce through arts learning.