Chazen Museum of Art



In an effort to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and lessen the risk to the community, tour bookings are canceled until further notice.

New: The Chazen Museum of Art has expanded its hours. With the change in hours, guided tours may now be scheduled on Monday, Thursday, and Friday at 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m., and Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.  Tours offered at 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. take place before the entire museum is open to the general public and allow exclusive access to your tour group.

Teachers, make the Chazen part of your school year! We invite you to request either a guided visit led by trained Chazen docents, or a self-guided visit, which allows you to lead students through the museum. Tours are provided free of charge. Appointments are required with at least four weeks advance notice for all school groups visiting the Museum.

Guided Tours

During guided visits, Chazen docents facilitate interactive, themed-based experiences with works of art through discussion and hands-on activities. During the tours, docents will engage with five to seven objects from the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Guided Tour Topics:

Chazen Highlights Tour: This tour introduces students to highlights from the Chazen’s collection representing different styles, artistic movements and media. Docents concentrate on the permanent collection and spend 10-20 minutes on temporary exhibitions. Topics may include:
• Elements of art
• Exploration of sculptures, paintings, and a variety of different media
• Art-making processes

The Art of Sustainability Tour: (New October 2019) This tour is designed for students in grades 3 through 8 and uses works of art to address a variety of environmental issues. Topics include:
  • Human impact on the environment
  • Environmental artists
  • Madison Environmental Stories

Group Size:
Guided tours have a minimum of five participants. Up to 65 students can be accommodated at one tour time. For Pre-K to third-grade grade groups, one chaperone is required for every eight students, for fourth to twelfth grade, one chaperone is required for every 10 students. 

Schedule a Guided Tour:

Appointments for tours must be made at least four weeks in advance.
Docent-led tours typically last one hour. This timeframe can be adjusted based upon the group’s needs.
To schedule a guided tour, complete the group tour form and send to Adrienne Rich, the Assistant Curator of Education at

Self-Guided Tours:

Appointments for self-guided group visits must be made at least four weeks in advance.
Self-guided group visits may be scheduled between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on any day except Tuesday.
A chaperone-to-student ratio of 10 students per chaperone is required. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions document before visiting the museum.  
To schedule a self-guided group tour, complete the group tour form and send to Adrienne Rich, Assistant Curator of Education at

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Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave., Madison, WI

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