Schools & Teachers

The Norton Simon Museum welcomes teachers and their students to engage with its magnificent art collection. We are pleased to offer limited Museum Educator-led in-person school tours for up to 60 students on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings. For schools unable to visit in person, we offer Museum Educator-led virtual school tours for up to 30 students on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Please note, reservations for 2024–2025 school tours will open on July 15th.

We also encourage teachers to utilize our online resources designed to support engagement with art. Explore the Norton Simon collections with your students through curriculum packets investigating a wide range of artworks. Watch our Spotlight on Art series of short videos designed for teachers and students. Read tips for looking at art that provide multiple entry points for students to make connections and find personal meaning. And experiment with materials and processes through hands-on art-making activities inspired by objects in the collection.

We are continually adding to these pages, so please check back here or stay connected in these ways:

  • Email us at [email protected] to ask questions or let us know how we can assist you and your students
  • Join our teacher email list to receive updates on our activities and offerings
  • Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for general information on the Museum and its collection

Development Program: Afternoon for Teachers

Thursday, July 18, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Join us for a professional development program for teachers exploring the Museum’s collections, teacher resources and school and youth offerings. Enjoy themed, interactive tours of the Museum; standards-aligned art-making activities; complimentary curriculum packets, lesson plans and other resources; and giveaways, a raffle and special discounts in the Store and Café.

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In-Person Museum Educator-Led School Tour

The Museum offers limited, free In-Person Museum Educator-Led School Tours for grades 5–12 on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

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Virtual Museum Educator-Led School Tour

The Museum offers limited, free Virtual Museum Educator-Led School Tours for grades 5-12 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Held over WebEx.

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Self-Conducted School Tour

Educators can make arrangements to tour their own students through the Museum galleries during open hours.

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Curriculum Packets

Explore the content and context of artworks in the Norton Simon collection with these curriculum packets designed for middle- to high-school teachers.

Grades: 5–12

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Spotlight on Art: Videos for Schools

Take a closer look at artworks from the collection in this series of short videos led by Museum educators.

Grades: 5–12

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Additional Resources

Explore our additional resources for teachers and students.

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