at the Gibbes!

Guided Tours

Preschool-12th grade students

The Gibbes Museum of Art is committed to enhancing school curricula through the arts. In support of that mission, the Gibbes offers specialized tours and workshops for K-12 students in the Charleston Tri-County area. Addressing key themes and ideas found in the Gibbes permanent collection and traveling exhibitions, these interactive programs are designed to encourage critical thinking and visual literacy skills while addressing South Carolina Learning Standards.

Curriculum Connections: A (Art), L (Language Arts), M (Mathematics), S (Science), SS (Social Studies)

American Identity
Explore the evolution of the American identity (individual identities and America’s identity) using the Gibbes’ permanent collection and temporary exhibitions as a guide. Special emphasis will be placed on South Carolina history, both European and African. Curriculum Connections: A, L, SS

SC Learning Standards

Art Elements
Tour the museum from an artist’s perspective using line, color, texture... Students will learn to recognize different media, techniques, and art styles, while focusing on the basic elements of art. Curriculum Connections: A

SC Learning Standards

SC Learning Standards

Faces This interactive tour, featuring gallery discussions and hands-on activities, takes students through the museum to explore the characteristics and language of portraiture. The portrait is not only an important element in the arts, but it plays a key role in history as well as cultural and individual identity Curriculum Connections: A, L, M, SS

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General Tour The foundation of the K-12 program, this one hour tour provides an introduction to the Gibbes’ collection and temporary exhibitions. Highlighting key themes found in the work on view, the tour can be customized to focus on curriculum connections or specific curriculum goals. Curriculum Connections: A, L, S, SS

SC Learning Standards

In Response A custom tour that teachers can personalize to their classroom curriculum. Students will tour the museum and choose an artwork that will become the inspiration for a writing project. Note: teachers must schedule a consultation (by phone or email) with a museum educator before the tour day. Curriculum Connections: A, L, SS

SC Learning Standards

Preschool Tour Designed for preschoolers 3-5 years of age, this beginner tour introduces children to the museum experience using the Gibbes’ permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions. While touring the museum, students will build an art vocabulary through the use of color, shape and composition activities. Requires 45 minutes and one chaperone per 5 children.

Two Field Trips In One! Now your students can enjoy a Charleston Stage school matinee performance at the Historic Dock Street Theatre AND a guided tour at the Gibbes Museum of Art (all within two blocks of one another). See the Charleston Stage performance schedule to select a special 70-minute adaptation of a production perfect for your class, and take a 45 minute tour of the Gibbes Museum with a museum educator as your guide. Groups are invited to bring a bagged lunch and eat in the spacious Gibbes' Courtyard if time and weather permit. Tickets are $12.50 each—receive one free adult ticket for every 10 student tickets purchased. Contact Allison Schnake, Director of Sales at Charleston Stage, to reserve your group today by calling (843) 647-7365 or email aschnake@charlestonstage.com.

Group Programs

Behind the Scenes
Students will be led by the Gibbes' own Collections Manager and Preparator for a behind the scenes look at an art museum. Students will learn answers to questions such as who works at a museum, why the lights are so dim, why it is so cold in the museum, and how art is stored.... Requires 1 hour. Curriculum Connections: A, L, M, S, SS

SC Learning Standards

Courage by the Sea - Revolutionary Tales of the Gibbes Family
Written by Lucinda McDermott
After a tour highlighting the Gibbes' collection of landscapes and portraits, students become actors in a drama that traces the history of Charleston from the Revolutionary War to the dawning of the Civil War. Perfect for students studying South Carolina history. Requires two hours. Curriculum Connections: A, L, SS

Tour Costs Per Person (groups of 10 or more)

  • Guided tours: $5.00
  • Two Field Trips in One! tours: $12.50. See above for registration information.
  • Group Programs: $9.00
  • Self Guided tours: $4.00

To arrange a tour of the Gibbes Museum, contact Rebecca Sailor at 843-722-2706 x41 or rsailor@gibbesmuseum.org

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