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K–12 Programs

Current exhibition quick guides can be downloaded here.

Class Visits

Sheldon is an invaluable, free resource for K–12 teachers in the region. Educators may request guided visits led by trained docents or staff educators. Sheldon docents complete an intensive training course and build on their own backgrounds to bring unique perspectives to the artwork on view. To request a docent-led tour for your K-12 group, please use our online tour request form at sheldonartmuseum.org/tours. Queries about tours should be directed to Abby Groth, assistant curator of public programs, at agroth@unl.edu or 402-472-7858.

Teachers of high school students also have the option to schedule a self-guided visit to explore the exhibitions at their own pace. Visit our Tours Current Exhibitions page for more information about what’s on view, and our Tours page to request an appointment.

Please note that all K–12 grade groups require at least 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students. Appointments are required for all school groups visiting the museum, be it a self-guided visit or one lead by an educator.

Teachers of middle school students and older are eligible to request to view works in the Collection Observation Room, which allows for close looking and in-depth discussions of prints, drawings, photographs, and artists’ books that relate to your curriculum. This option is available for school groups of 20 students or fewer. For more information about this kind of art viewing session, please contact Genevieve Ellerbee, associate registrar, at 402-472-3448 or gellerbee2@unl.edu.

Sheldon Field Trip for LPS Students

Every fifth-grade student in Lincoln Public Schools visits Sheldon on a field trip. Students go on docent-led tours that introduce students to the museum's outdoor sculpture collection and build visual literacy skills. For more information about the Sheldon / LPS program, please contact Carrie Morgan curator of academic programs, at cmorgan@unl.edu or 402-472-3541.