Tours

Requesting a Tour of the Palmer Museum of Art

Guided tours of the Palmer Museum of Art are offered free of charge for school, university, and community groups of ten or more people. To schedule a tour, please contact us at least 3 weeks in advance of the requested tour date, and email the following information to pmoaDocent@psu.edu:

  • Name of school/course/organization
  • Name, phone number, and e-mail address of contact person
  • Number of expected participants
  • Grade level/age range of participants
  • Desired date and time of tour (include a back-up date/time)
  • Topic of tour (see Palmer Tours for more information)
  • Any accessibility needs of members of the group
  • Whether or not a visit to the gift shop will be part of your visit
For questions regarding tours, call the museum at 814-865-7672 or e-mail pmoaDocent@psu.edu. If you must cancel a tour for any reason, please notify the museum immediately. If the State College Area School District closes due to inclement weather, the museum will also cancel school tours.
 
Parking information is available by calling Penn State’s Transportation Services Parking Office at 814-863-7021.
TOURS AT THE PALMER
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COLLECTION
Encounter art in the Baroque, Ceramics, Contemporary, and nineteenth-century American collections.
 
BUILDING BLOCKS: ELEMENTS OF ART
Learn the six elements of art through observation and discussion of paintings, masks, pottery, and sculpture.
 
TELLING A TALE: STORIES IN ART
Search for narrative elements in paintings and sculpture that communicate a story or make a statement.
 
CONTEMPORARY ART: VIEW THE NEW
Observe and discuss artworks that reflect tremendous changes in the philosophy and production of postmodern art during the last thirty years.
 
WOMEN IN ART
Explore the ways in which women have been portrayed as subjects in art and view contemporary works by women artists.
 
University and K-12 educators may also request a tour of individual galleries, including Baroque Art (Seventeenth c. Northern and Southern), Nineteenth-Century American Art, Twentieth-Century American Art, Contemporary Ceramics (Danish, English, Japanese), or Special Exhibitions, which rotate approximately 9 times per year. Please note these in your tour request.
 
ADVENTURES FOR YOUNG LEARNERS
Think young children don’t belong in museums? Think again! The Palmer Museum of Art offers gallery experiences for pre-K and Kindergarten age children that last approximately 30 minutes and include age-appropriate discussions about artwork, theme-related storybooks and tactile experiences. Pre-visits for school groups are available for public, private, and charter schools within the State College Area School District (30 minutes).
 
To schedule an Adventures for Young Learners program, please follow the tour request process outlined above, and include one of the following themes as your tour topic:
  • Wiggles, Squiggles, and Curves: Follow That Line!
  • Fuzzy, Feathered, and Scaly: A Search for Animals
  • The Places We Live, Work, and Play: Buildings in Art
  • The Shape of Things
  • Curious About Color
  • How Are You Feeling? A Tour about Emotions
 
Please provide one approved teacher or adult chaperone for every five children that participate in Adventures for Young Learners at the museum.
 
The safety of our youngest learners is a priority at Penn State. Museum staff, volunteers, graduate assistants, and interns are mandated reporters and as such have undergone state-mandated background checks and learned how to identify and report child abuse.