Preschool Group Visits

Preschool students asking questions in a gallery visit to VMFAExplore color, culture, shape, form, movement, math, science, literature, and history — all while viewing works of art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts collection.

Tour Info

All Preschool Group Visits, which are only available during the school year, are $10 per child and can accommodate up to a maximum of 16 children, ages 3 – 5. Each visit lasts 90 minutes and includes two 20-minute gallery tours plus a 25-minute art activity, 15-minute exploratory exercise, and 10-minute story time.

Please have one adult chaperone for every four students (limit five chaperones per group of 16; no additional children or visitors permitted). All tour capacities are based on gallery availability and materials provided.

Day + Time
Available through May 20, 2014
Mondays or Fridays, 10 – 11:30 am
Arrival and departure times are not included. Please plan accordingly.

Check in at the desk upon entering the Student Group Entrance and give the total number of students and adults. Lori Valente Coffey (or a designated VMFA staff person) will be there to walk your group to the Art Education Center where you will begin the program.

Reservations + Registration
To schedule your preschool’s group visit, please call Lori Valente Coffey, Early Childhood Educator at 804.340.1343 or email, no less than three weeks prior to your requested date. Payments are to be made in advance, once reservations have been confirmed.

Please have the following information ready:
School name, address, and phone number
Contact person or teacher’s name, e-mail address, and cell phone number
Theme of interest
Number of students
Date for Request, plus an alternate date(s), if possible

Fees are nonrefundable for cancellations made within 24 hours of your scheduled visit.


Preschool Group Visit themes and lessons are based on the Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning.

Animals in Art
Students will enjoy seeing animals within works of art and learning about each species’ physical characteristics and habitat.

Colorific Scientific 
Students will look at colors found in nature and in paintings by Contemporary and Impressionist artists, then experiment with combining primary and secondary colors to achieve exciting results.

Art Around the World
Students will observe Roman mosaics, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Ancient American pottery while talking about geography, environment, and natural resources.

Sense-sational Art
Students will use or identify their five senses as they tour the galleries looking for works of art that relate to sound, sight, smell, touch (texture), and taste.

People, Places, and Things
Students will discuss still lifes, landscapes, and portraits from the Mellon Collection to the American Art galleries while exploring various ideas — from human emotion, to geography, to science!