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Pre-K–12 School Groups

Teachers are invited to schedule free guided tours for Pre-K–12 school groups at Albright-Knox Northland. These tours are designed to support the development of the critical and creative thinkers of tomorrow. Guided school tours are given by Albright-Knox–trained docents and align with New York State Learning Standards and Common Core Standards.

We believe that when connections are made between classroom learning and the art viewing experience, students will increase their visual literacy using the language of art. The exhibitions at Albright-Knox Northland will serve as a teaching resource to focus on critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

We are currently scheduling tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from Wednesday, January 21, through Thursday, April 9, 2020. These tours will focus on the special exhibition Open House: Domestic Thresholds by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor. For this exhibition, we will welcome up to 30 students per timeslot.

What to Expect

Tours will be guided through the current special exhibition at Albright-Knox Northland. (Please note that the Albright-Knox’s collection is not on view in this space.) This focused approach will give students time to develop observation skills and critical thinking. Tours will engage students through a range of learning strategies, including open-ended and guided questions, conversation, and small group activities.

Tour Times and Length

We are currently scheduling special exhibition tours from Wednesday, January 21, through Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 11 am and 12:15 pm. All tours are 45 minutes in length. Other start times may be available upon request.

Tour Size and Chaperone Policy

Guided school tours are available for groups of between 10 and 30 students. We ask that you review our Pre-K–12 School Group Tour Guidelines and share this information with your chaperones and students before your visit.

Please note: Chaperones are not permitted to bring additional children, such as younger siblings, on school group tours. This includes children in strollers and baby carriers. Also, please note that fidget spinners are not permitted on guided school tours.

Schedule Your Tour

To request a tour, please submit our School Group Tour Request Form

This form must be filled out before your tour can be confirmed. Please read our Pre-K–12 School Group Tour Guidelines and Pre-K–12 School Group Tour Terms of Agreement before submitting your request. 

Please also have the following information available when you fill out the tour request form:

  • School name, address, district, and contact information
  • Several potential visit dates and times
  • Grade level of students
  • Number of students and chaperones attending
  • Any special needs your group may have

For more information, please contact School and Docents Programs Coordinator Lindsay Kranz at 716.270.8276 or lkranz@albrightknox.org. Communication by email will facilitate a timely response.

Reservation Confirmation

A tour confirmation will be emailed to you upon scheduling a tour. Please note, your tour IS NOT SCHEDULED until you send the confirmation form.

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    Lesson Plans

    The Albright-Knox Education team has developed lesson plans that correspond to the museum’s collection and select special exhibitions.

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    Community Youth Groups

    Community youth groups between 10 and 40 people are invited to schedule tours of special exhibitions at Albright-Knox Northland starting in late January 2020.

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