Journey into Southwest Art and History

Journey into Southwest Art and History tours can encompass one of four culture groups of the Southwest. This program consists of three 40-minute sessions: a docent guided interactive gallery tour and a presentation that allows a hands-on studio experience with artifacts.


The material covered depends on the age and developmental level of the group. During the program students engage in collaborative question and answer sessions that enhance visual literacy skills as well as utilizing reasoning skills to encourage students explain their answers.

Each portion of the tour helps address the 21st century skills and Visual Arts standards.

The four possible topics of the tour are:

Plains Natives: Describes the various tribes of the western plains since the 16th century and highlights the Plains Native culture and its dependence on the buffalo and horse.

Colorado Natives: Looks at the Utes, as well as the Arapaho, Comanche, and Cheyenne who moved through the area we live in today. It also includes the Pueblo culture of ancient Mesa Verde.

Pueblo Peoples: Looks at the ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) and discusses the architecture and artifacts including pottery, weaving, and basketry.

Hispanic Heritage: Discusses 16th Century Spanish exploration, conquest and colonization, as well as creation of Santos sculptures, tin-work, and clothing.

“Excellent experience for my students will make the study of Colorado Native Americans come alive!” –Teacher

Schedule a Tour

Requests for group tours must be submitted 15 business days in advance of the requested tour date. Dates are subject to availability. Be prepared to give us the planned date and time of your tour, number of students, grade levels, teacher names, phone numbers and email addresses. Every eight students must be accompanied by one adult chaperone. Groups with 10 or more students receive a free admission for 1 chaperone/teacher for every eight students.

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All tours utilize volunteer docents and staff with significant training and experience with students of all ages. Tours use interactive methods of learning which includes inquiry, discussion, critical thinking and strengthening of visual literacy.

Please keep in mind that due to logistical constraints, not all tour groups will see exactly the same art works and due to schedule constraints tour groups will focus on a limited selection of art works during their gallery tour. It is also possible, due to the nature of the museum that there may be some visible nudity in certain works of art.

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Teacher Feedback

“The kids did [the artifact sessions] first and were able to answer questions in the gallery! They learned!!”

“Allowing the students to touch makes it real for them & will help them remember what they saw and learned.”