The American Museum of Western Art—The Anschutz Collection invites schools and educational organizations to join us for FREE on-site tours and activities. We would love for your students and educators to visit for a tour of the art, history, and architecture at AMWA. Please download our school tour request form below for more information.
- The Anschutz Collection surveys the history of the West in art from the early 19th through the late 20th century.
- The collection is housed in the historic Navarre Building, built in 1880 by F.E. Edbrooke.
- The paintings are displayed salon-style, floor to ceiling on each floor, so the amount of objects on view can be quite impressive to the first -time visitor.
- Field trips at AMWA are FREE for students in 3rd grade and up.
- Museum Educator works directly with teachers to customize on-site tours, activities, and related classroom lessons.*
- The paintings are displayed salon-style, floor to ceiling on each floor, so the amount of objects on view can be quite impressive to the first-time visitor
- Field trips are booked on Tuesdays & Thursdays year-round as private reservations, so your students are the only visitors in our galleries.
Please contact us to learn more at info@AnschutzCollection.org, 303-293-2000, or book your field trip using the following form:
*For organized school groups, visits by appointment can be arranged on either a Tuesday or Thursday. Admission fees are not charged in connection with the visit of an organized school group from an elementary, middle or high school, from a college or university, or from an accredited art school, so long as the person requesting the visit is a teacher of the students involved or other official representative of the school, college or university involved. Admission fees are also waived for all accompanying teachers and other chaperones. Teachers may be required to participate in an orientation to the Museum and its policies and procedures prior to such visits. Due to the fragile nature of the collection and the intimate nature of the galleries, children under the age of 8 are not admitted to the museum, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by at least 1 adult for every 4 children. All children must be supervised at all times by their accompanying adults. (All visitors will be asked to check overcoats, backpacks, briefcases, large bags, umbrellas and any other large items at the Museum entrance.) School tours require 2 weeks advance notice and are subject to the availability of Museum staff to lead a tour on the day and time requested.
For the on-site visit, our museum educator is prepared to work with grades 3 and up to customize on-site lessons and activities. By customizing on-site tours and related activities, students’ experiences in the galleries can be directly connected to your classroom goals.
Tours are led by experienced educators who engage students through close looking and encourage conversation and critique. Students will enter our immersive environment with clear goals and experience art and the West through personalized interactions and discussions.
Below we’ve shared feedback from students and teachers who have visited the Museum recently.
What teachers are saying:
“Art forces them to critically think about the stories depicted. The museum’s layout invites students to compare themes, topics, and techniques from various pieces.” –Jake, 8th Grade Teacher, Graland Country Day School
“The planning was amazing and the thought that you put into it was great. The kids loved it. ” –Carolynn, 5th Grade Teacher, Sage Canyon Elementary
“I am ecstatic that we have this resource!” –Amanda, Art History Department Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver
“Thank you so much for hosting our classes! You all did an amazing job of choosing perfect paintings to highlight, and fantastic activities to engage our students. Students and parent chaperones have been talking about your museum ever since we left! Your collection is amazing, and your hard work made our trip so easy! Our students can’t wait to dive into Denver’s history. Thank you so much for helping “set the scene” for them. Already, I think they have a better picture in their minds of some of the events in our past. Thank you for all of your hard work!” –Sarah, 2nd Grade Teacher, Downtown Denver Expeditionary School
What students are saying:
“I look at art a lot differently now. It’s cool to analyze the scene and add details to the story.” –Taylor, 8th Grade, Graland Country Day School