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School Tours at SAAM and the Renwick Gallery

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At each of our two locations, museum educators and docents engage students in the experience of viewing art and empower them to make meaningful connections to their curriculum, their world, and themselves. Our interdisciplinary, inquiry-based tours challenge students to investigate American culture, identity, and history through art. Artworks under discussion may span a range of media and historical eras, depending on your selected tour topic. Tours foster critical thinking skills and support both the Virginia Standards of Learning and the Common Core State Standards.

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School Tours at SAAM

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Explore American art from the colonial period through the present day in our historic Penn Quarter building, located at 8th and G Streets NW. In addition to your tour, enjoy lunch in the glass canopy-covered Kogod Courtyard, witness art conservation underway in the Lunder Conservation Center, and browse visible art storage at the Luce Foundation Center.

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School Tours at the Renwick Gallery

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Discover contemporary American craft at the Renwick Gallery, located at 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Through its permanent collection and rotating special exhibitions, the Renwick features exciting works by artists exploring traditional and innovative approaches to making.