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The Hockaday offers a variety of tours and times to enhance the experience of viewing current and permanent exhibitions for a broad range of audiences.  Tours for children often include activities to augment their learning experience.

Public Tours
School and Youth Group Tours
Adult Group Tours
Senior Tour & Tea Day

To attend a tour at the Hockaday, please call us at (406)755-5268 to register. Due to COVID-19, tour groups are currently limited to 10 participants per group.


 Senior Tour & Tea Day

School and Youth Group Tours


Meet the Museum
Pre-school through 1st Grade
Length of tour: 30 minutes (optional 30 minute art activity can be added)
In this introduction to the museum, children learn art media (painting, sculpture, photography), art themes (still life, landscape, portrait), and museum terms (gallery, artist, docent), while exploring the galleries in our historic Carnegie building.

Color, Line, and Shape
Grades 1 through 3
Length of tour: 45 minutes (optional 45 minute art activity can be added)
Explore how color, line, and shape are used to make works of art. This tour uses careful looking exercises to help students understand the basic elements of art.

Exploring the Elements of Art
Grades 4 through 8
Length of tour: 45 minutes (optional 45 minute art activity can be added)
This tour explores the elements of color, line, shape/form, space, and texture. Guided looking, art making, and discussion activities help students understand how artists consciously manipulate these elements -- often in combination -- to achieve particular results.

Art & Artists of Montana
Grades 2 through 8
Length of tour: 45 minutes (optional 45 minute art activity can be added)
Contemporary and historical art of Glacier National Park and Montana are featured on this tour of paintings, sculptures, and photographs from the museum's permanent collection.

Temporary Exhibition Tour
Grades K - 12
Length of tour: 30 - 45 minutes (optional art activity can be added)
The focus of this tour is on the highlights of temporary exhibitions currently on view. It can be adapted to meet your group's special interests. For information and descriptions of temporary exhibitions available for tours, visit our
Exhibitions page.

Self-Guided Tour
Grades K - 12
Length of tour: 30 - 60 minutes
Self-guided visits are led by school teachers and chaperones.

  • One chaperone needed for every 10 students
  • Divide class into groups of 10

Tours must be booked in advance to ensure there is no conflict with other visiting groups.  You'll be contacted by email prior to your visit to provide background information about current exhibitions and to plan details such as use of worksheets and sketching.

Tours are normally scheduled Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. However, special arrangements can be made -- please let us know!  

School/Group Request Form

Priority scheduling is given to Education Members of the Hockaday.  Become a member today!  


Art Activity

Tour with Special Guest Artist

Art Activity


Adult Group Tours

What is the cost for group tours?
All group tours are led by a docent from the Museum. To receive group discount prices, you must schedule your tour in advance. For groups of 5 to 10 that have reserved guided tours, admission is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors. With groups of 10 or more that have reserved guided tours, admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors. Group tours of 10 or more also receive two complimentary admissions for the bus driver and tour operator. For an additional fee, hands-on creative art activities that correspond with our exhibits can be designed specifically for your group as part of your tour.

When are group tours available?
Tours are available during the Museum’s regular hours as tour guides are available. Please schedule  at least two weeks in advance of your visit. 
Our tours are tailored to meet your specific needs, goals and interests. To make arrangements for your group to visit the Museum, contact the Director of Education at 406.755.5268 or This enables us to discuss arrangements with you and identify programs and schedules that best meet your needs. Groups without reservations will be charged the regular adult Museum admission fees and a docent guided tour may not be available.

How will I know everything is confirmed for our visit?
We’ll send you a confirmation letter or e-mail after we schedule your tour with information about the museum and the exhibits, a map, and policies pertaining to cancellation.

What questions should I already have answered before I call/write to reserve a group tour?
What are your first and second choices for dates and times?
How many people are in your group?
What would you like the focus of the tour to be? (Either the Glacier National Park Permanent Exhibition Gallery, or the Museum’s rotating exhibits)
Does your group have any special needs you’d like us to know about?
Are you interested in hands-on art activities?

How long are group tours?

We generally recommend a 1 hour visit, though the length of your stay can vary with the size and interests of your group. Let us know if you’d like your group to have time to explore on their own or visit the Off the Wall Gift Gallery. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin so that you will have time to check in at the Front Desk before your tour begins.

Can we eat there?
During nice weather, you are welcome to use the picnic tables located outside of the Museum. If the classroom is not reserved, it is also available for your group. Several restaurants and cafes are also located within walking distance of the Museum.

Senior Tour & Tea Day


2nd Thursday of each Month
11:30 AM

Docent Guided Tour at the Hockaday

The Hockaday Museum of Art extends a warm welcome to Senior Citizens to come enjoy Senior Tour & Tea Day held on the second Thursday of each month.
  • Guests age 60 and older receive free admission to the Museum 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and cookies are served between 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Guests interested in participating in a gallery tour led by one of the Museum’s trained volunteer docents are are asked to meet at the front desk at 10:30 AM
  • Senior Groups may call the Museum three or more weeks in advance to schedule an alternate tour time during the day




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