Curriculum Programs


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

The Way We Go!

9:30 am – 10:30 am (44 students max)

This 60 minute program focuses on different types of transportation using art, history, and storytelling.  Students will get a chance to learn in the galleries and make a take-home art project in our studio.

Dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21 Nov. 4, Dec. 2, 9

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

Westward Go!

9:30 am – 11:30 am (90 students max)

This two-hour program will teach students all about westward expansion in America.  They will learn about everything from the pioneers to the five civilized tribes of the Southeast and the Trail of Tears during this hands-on curriculum intensive program.  Westward Go! was created to meet state and national standards in social studies and fine arts.  Once your students have finished the program we encourage you to plan on eating your sack lunch on the Museum’s grounds, either by the fountain or in our garden (weather permitting).

Dates: Oct. 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 Nov. 5, 12 Dec. 1, 3, 10

Please see Registration Information below for details.

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

Middle School Guided Tours

Middle 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. All Guided tours must be booked at least one month in advance of your visit.

High School Guided Tours

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. All Guided tours must be booked at least one month in advance of your visit.

Gardens of Learning Tour

Gardens of Learning Tour

2015-2016 Academic Year
Oct. 7, 14, 21, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, 9,
Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 30, April 6, 27, and May 4, 11.

9:30-2:00 PM

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 callie@historiccolumbus.com

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 edu@columbusmuseum.com

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.
Please contact Christy Barlow at cbarlow@columbusmuseum.com to submit your bus request.

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

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