Tour, photo by Harold Shapiro


Public tours are offered throughout the year. Custom tours are also available upon request. Education staff, volunteer docents, and undergraduate Student Guides promote the collections to a wide variety of audiences from K–12 children to members of the general public.

Schools and Teachers

Education staff works closely with local teachers to supplement classroom teaching with access to works of art, and by helping teachers integrate visual learning into their curricula. In addition, the Center offers a range of opportunities customized to the needs of teachers looking to use visual resources in their classrooms.

View a trailer of the Center's film Rethinking the Role of Art in Education, which demonstrates the role that art can play in teaching literacy and highlights the unique partnership between the Center and local schools.


Student Guide Program

The Center is home to an active undergraduate Student Guide Program. Admittance to the program is highly competitive and guides offer specially devised public tours of the collections every Saturday and Sunday during the academic year. Each year the guides curate an Art in Focus exhibition, presenting objects from the collections to the public and gaining experience in every aspect of exhibition practice.

Yale in London

Yale in London is a unique opportunity for Yale College students to spend the spring or summer in London taking classes in the history of British art, literature, history, and culture. The program is based at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.