Curriculum Programs

School Programs Gallery program

Gallery Tales is a gallery intensive program which will allow for time in the permanent collection as well as hand-on art-making in the studio and an interactive learning exchange in the galleria. This three-prong program will cover several core curriculum disciplines like social studies, language arts and science.

Gallery Tales Pre-K

Gallery Tales: Pre-K

I have a Job to Do!

February 18, 25 March 4, 11, 18 April 1, 8

9:30 am – 10:30 am (40 students max.)

Students will learn about different jobs and roles in the community using the Museum’s permanent collection and storytelling. This program will help students identify jobs and responsibilities as a citizen. They will spend time in the galleries, play fun and engaging interactive games including role playing, and get to make a take home art project in the studio. I have a Job to do! is a great program to introduce students to the Museum while engaging in activities that meet state content standards for curriculum.

Please see Registration Information below for details.

To schedule a tour or Gallery Tales program, please click Schedule a Tour.

Gallery Tales Pre K-5

Gallery Tales: K-5

Fables, Folklore, and Myth

February 3, 5, 12, 19, 24, 26 March 3, 5, 12, 17, 19, 31 April 2

9:30 am – 11:30 am (90 students max.)

This curriculum-intensive program will introduce students to various fables, myths and folktales using the Museum’s permanent collection and narrative storytelling. Students will work on their critical thinking skills while engaged in a lively discussion using interactive learning games and will also get to create their own artwork in the studio to take home.

Please see Registration Information below for details.

To schedule a tour or Gallery Tales program, please click Schedule a Tour.

Middle and Highschool Guided Tours

Middle and High School Guided Tours

Tuesdays – Thursdays 12- 3:30 PM

Fridays 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Secondary classes can visit the Museum throughout the school year and choose between guided docent-led tours of the Museum or self-guided tours using suggested tour routes for historical overview or fine arts themed tours. Guided tours can be customized to cover particular subjects being covered in the classroom or can be given as an overview of the collection. Each of the suggested tour routes is based on state and national standards and meets curriculum objectives for all grade levels.

Please see Registration Information below for details.

Guided tours are FREE, and eligible for the Susan Cochran Memorial Bus Fund.

To schedule a Guided Tour, please click on Schedule a Tour

Gardens of Learning Tour

Gardens of Learning Tour

9:30-2:00 PM

Dates: September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, April 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14

This tour is geared towards grades 6-12. It is a three-pronged tour which includes stops at the Columbus Botanical Gardens and Historic Columbus- at the Walker-Peters-Langdon house. The focus of this tour is gardens. At the Botanical Gardens students will learn about the science of plants using microscopes. Students will learn about kitchen gardens and the history of home gardens. The tour at the Museum will focus on paintings that depict gardens as well as an introduction to the Olmsted Garden. After the tour portion classes are encouraged to visit the garden on their own.

Tour Itinerary:

9:30-10:30am- Students at Columbus Botanical Gardens
10:30-11:00- travel to Walker-Peters Langdon House
11:00-12:00- Walker-Peters-Langdon tour
12:00-1:00pm- Lunch either at Heritage Park or at the Museum (teacher’s choice) and travel to Museum
1:00-2:00pm- tour of Museum

Please see Registration Information below for details.

To schedule a Gardens of Learning tour, please contact Callie Hecht, Director of Cultural Outreach at Historic Columbus

Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided Tours

Those who wish to go on a self-guided tour will not be charged but also not have access to the bus fund. A packet will be provided upon request for a suggested theme or route for the teacher to use while at the Museum along with information about highlights in the collection. There will be a brochure for middle school social studies focusing on the history gallery as well as a permanent collection overview. A variety of brochures are available to high school teachers in both history and art as well. Each grade appropriate brochure will focus on standards in social studies and fine arts.

To schedule a tour or Gallery Tales program, please click on Schedule a Tour.

Click below to download one of our self-guided tour flyers: 

High School Self Guided Tour

Middle School Self Guided Tour

Secondary  Fine Arts Self Guided Tour

Registration Information

Registration Information

All Gallery Tales, and Guided Tours reservations require a refundable $25 deposit. This can be paid by credit card, cash or check (made out to the Columbus Museum. The deposit will only be charged if your group does not cancel or show-up for a scheduled time. Upon arrival at designated time the deposit will be returned to you. A reservation is not considered confirmed until the deposit has been received. To make a reservation, please contact us at

Bus Fund Information

Bus Fund Information

The Susan Cochran Memorial Bus Fund offers help with bus transportation to and from the Museum for any Gallery Tales or guided-tour. Self-guided tours are not eligible. Transportation requests must be received by the Museum at least three weeks prior to visit. It is the responsibility of the teacher to confirm with their transportation department. The bus request with tour/program information (date and times) must be submitted at least three weeks prior to visit. Only completed requests will be considered.

We are excited to now offer bus funding help to surrounding counties including, Russell, Lee, Phenix City, Harris, Talbot and Marion. The Museum will pay up to $150 per bus for any school outside of Muscogee County.

All camps and classes will be held in Columbus, Georgia.