"The R.W. Norton Art Gallery has been invaluable in shaping the minds of our students.  The education staff at Norton’s is extremely knowledgeable and  provides hands-on learning that inspires curiosity, problem solving, and questioning using the priceless and phenomenal art in the gallery.  What a treasure the Education Staff at Norton Art Gallery is to our community!" -Mary Harris, Principal, South Highlands Elementary Magnet

R.W. Norton

Education Department

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery Education Department believes that museums are a natural destination for learners of all ages.  To that end, the Norton reconfigured itself into a teaching museum that uses the arts as textbooks for learning in an alternative classroom setting.  The Education Staff believes that learning is not confined to the four walls of the classroom, and is an ongoing process, not defined by age, setting, or ability.
The R.W. Norton Education Department strives to break the stereotypes of museums as stagnant settings.  Using art as a visual text that links generations by exploring the connection between yesterday, today, and the future. Our educational style focuses on best practices in critical thinking, communication, and collaboration between each student, teacher, and community members.  In order to best reach all learners, all educational programs are offered free of charge.

Self-Guided Visits

Schools and community organizations are encouraged to make use of the museum’s resources at any time.  A self-guided visit must be scheduled 72 hours in advance to assure space is available and does not conflict with other groups.  One chaperone per every ten students is required for all groups, including self-guided visits.

Docent-led Tours

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery offers docent-led tours on a limited basis. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, and includes an overview of the R.W. Norton collection. Availability is limited by staffing and the museum calendar, docent-led tours are first come first serve. Please call the museum if you have any questions at (318) 865-4201 ext 130.

CLICK HERE to fill our Teaching Tour Request Form.

CLICK HERE to fill out our Adult Tour Request Form. 

Gallery Treks

The R.W. Norton Education Staff can provide a two-hour or four-hour Gallery Trek led by our educational staff. Each Trek is divided into three rotations covering an English Language Arts/Social Studies activity, a Math/Science activity, and a hands-on project based activity.  Teachers and the museum’s education staff can work together to cover topics that integrate seamlessly into curriculum, or we can choose a Gallery Trek just right for your students.  You are welcome to stay and eat lunch on the grounds after your Gallery Trek.  Lunches must be provided by the individual schools.  

Educational Programs

If you have questions, need ideas for teaching points while visiting, or to schedule your group for either a self-guided or guided gallery trek, please contact the museum by calling 318-865-4201 ext. 130 or through email at



Take a Self-Guided Tour

Click on the following images to obtain a brochure that you can use to view specific exhibits.