VISIT: Tours Harn Museum of Art

To arrange a guided tour for your group during museum hours, call the museum's education department at 352.392.9826 x2112 or e-mail All tours are approximately one hour. Three weeks advance notice is required to schedule your tour. See Types of Tours and Scheduling Procedures below for more information.


Weekend Tours:
Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.
Drop in for an engaging docent-led tour that explores current exhibitions.

Self-Guided Tour:
Groups that prefer to explore the galleries on their own are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the museum. Gallery maps are available at the Information Desk, and study materials are available in the Bishop Study Center. To avoid overcrowding in the galleries, we ask that self-guided tours call ahead for an appointment.

School Tours:
School groups with advance reservations may tour the museum Tuesday - Friday from
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. All grade levels and subject areas are welcome. Tours can be customized to meet grade level and classroom goals.

We offer the following themed tours.

What is an Art Museum?
This tour focuses on the role of museums in the world, how a museum takes care of special objects, and if desired, museum careers. Students will be introduced to the five permanent collecting areas at the Harn: Asian, African, modern and contemporary art and photography. This is a good general tour for first time visits.

“Let’s Move” at the Museum!
This tour, designed for pre-school and primary grade children, aligns with First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to keep kids moving as part of a healthy lifestyle.  Active stops in the galleries will have children stretching to pose like a sculpture, trotting like Rory the horse, or moving like a tree in the wind shown in a painting, for example.

“FUN-damentals of Art” An Artist’s Tools and Tricks
Students will look at works of art to discover art elements such as line, shape, color and texture, as well as materials like oil and watercolor paint, clay and fibers.  This tour introduces children to various artistic processes and visual strategies, while seeing how artists use design and decide what materials to use.

The Artist’s Eye: Learning to Look
Students will learn how an artist sees the world and encourages us to be open to new ideas through visual narrative.  This tour will focus on artists’ vision, imagination and intention, which help children to understand the “stories” in works of art, relating to language arts objectives.

Faces and Spaces- Art in All Kinds of Places
This tour helps students learn about artists who introduce us to stories from other times and cultures, as well as our own.  The concepts of cultural identity, historical timelines and the global community will be included to compliment social studies objectives.

The Natural World Reflected in Art
This tour will teach students about artists who are inspired by the world around them to create images of wildlife, plants and land; sometimes realistically and other times symbolically.  The art will teach students about the varying degrees of personal self-expression artists were able to display, depending on the culture and time period. Connections can also be made to science objectives.

Preschool Tour:
Parents and toddlers share a fun time at the museum with these interactive tours that utilize age-appropriate books, games and activities to instill a life-long love of art in young people.

Art for Life from MetLife:

Outreach volunteers can bring the museum to you. If any senior citizens’ group is unable to visit the museum, trained volunteers can provide lively, interactive presentations featuring images of art from the Harn Museum collection at any local senior residence or elder care center. Art for Life is funded by the MetLife Foundation through its Museum Connections program.


It is strongly recommended that groups or large parties of 10 or more make a reservation through Aramark's catering offices at 352.392.3463.

In order to better serve groups visiting the museum and expedite service, parties of 14 or more have the option of pre-ordering from our group menu. Call 352.392.3463 or email to reserve a date, time and pre-order. Boxed lunches are also available.

To view our group menu, click here.
To view our boxed lunch options, click here.


The museum is accessible to people with disabilities. Large print versions of labels and wall text for all exhibitions is available in the Bishop Study Center. Wheelchairs are available. TDD phone access is provided through Florida Relay Services at 800.955.8771.

Tours are available in American Sign Language, English, Spanish and French upon request.


To schedule a tour, call the museum's education department at 352.392.9826 x2112 at least three weeks in advance of the date you would like to tour the museum. Have alternative dates selected in addition to your first choice. Please have the following information available when calling:

  • Group name and address
  • Two contact names and daytime phone numbers
  • Number of participants for the tour
  • Special needs that your group may have
  • Type of tour requested
  • Date and time of tour

Before your tour, please review the tour policies and museum etiquette. Self-guided tour groups should check in at the Information Desk, then proceed.


  • Tours for non-school groups may be scheduled Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A maximum of 60 participants may be accommodated for each tour, with a minimum of 10 to form any tour. At least one adult chaperone per 10 students is required for 10-year olds and older; younger students require more chaperones.  Your group should be divided into small groups before arrival at the museum, as identified by Harn staff. For safety and security while on the visit, all students should wear clearly written name tags. Backpacks, umbrellas and coats are not permitted in the galleries; please check them in at the Information Desk.
  • Non-flash photography for personal use is permitted in the permanent exhibitions only. Please ask the Information Desk attendant for additional information.


  • Touching of objects and display cases is not permitted.
  • Food, beverages, gum and candy are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Suggested donation is $5 per visitor. School classes are asked for a reduced amount fo $2 to $3 per child to support the museum and to help parents understand the value of tours.


Parking is available in the lot directly in front of the museum for a small fee. The amount is payable at the parking kiosk located in the lot. Parking is free on Saturdays, Sundays and during Museum Nights. Handicap parking is available near the front entrance of the museum.

For individuals with a valid University of Florida parking decal, "all decal" parking is available in the lot and parking garage in front of the Cultural Plaza.

Bus parking is available in the paved lot north of the UF Cultural Plaza on Bledsoe Drive at no charge. Please drop off passengers directly in front of the museum entrance.


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