Tours+Field Trips


Experience an art-filled, educational year of activities for your students where the birth of a creative thought becomes a tangible object. HMA offers curriculum-related tours and hands-on art projects to school groups of all ages. Students receive the opportunity to participate in interactive, engaging tours that test their observation skills, critical thinking, and expression of ideas. Tours support the NC Common Core and Essential Standards.


Hickory Museum of Art provides tours and field trips year-round for groups of all ages. Reservations must be made with the education department in advance. To schedule a tour, call Ginny Zellmer at (828) 327-8576. Group tours must have a minimum of 10 participants.

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We celebrate that everyone has creativity within them and aim to inspire everyone to make the world a better place.

Fund-a-Bus Program

The Hickory Museum of Art and HMA’s Guild are dedicated to helping teachers and their students by serving as an educational resource for interdisciplinary methods of teaching within North Carolina’s educational essential standards. We feel docent-led student interaction, and discussions involving original art objects, provide unique opportunities to ignite student understanding of and enthusiasm for language arts and social studies, as well as additional core and elective curriculum areas.

Because of our dedication to education through the visual arts, the Guild has developed an initiative entitled Fund-a-Bus to help generate funds to underwrite some or all bus expenses required to transport students to the Museum to learn, create, and discover through artwork. In addition to looking, listening and discussing, students who participate in a Museum field trip also have opportunities to write and complete hands-on projects that are grounded in the North Carolina’s Essential Standards curriculum. This Museum experience is especially designed to help complement the literacy and content skills students are also learning in school.

To apply for a Fund-a-Bus scholarship for your school, please complete and submit this form. All scholarship requests will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Approved requests will be paid by check only on a reimbursement basis.


For more information, please view the video below that was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts

SCHOOL GROUP FIELD TRIPS are available that complement classroom learning. Educational staff and trained volunteers employ students in a variety of teaching strategies that engage students and motivate them to become active participants in their own learning experience. A variety of the NC Essential Standards and Core Curriculum objectives are met for most age groups. Tours last approximately 1 ½ hours and include a hands-on art experience for students. Cost: $3 per student. Tour only with no activity is $2 per student.

Click here for Field Trip & Teacher's Guide to 2018-2019 Programs.

For Teaching Resources, such as lesson plans and program correlation with NC Common Core Essential Standards, visit our Educators Page.


SUMMER CAMP GROUPS from other organizations are welcome to come to the Hickory Museum of Art for tours. Children will enjoy an interactive gallery tour along with a hands-on art project that campers will take home upon completion. Cost is $3 per student.


SENIOR CITIZEN TOURS are available for the cost of $2 per participant. Seniors will view all exhibitions with a docent or educator. Tours last approximately 1 hour.


SCOUT TOURS are available. For more information click here.


PRESCHOOL GROUP TOURS are also available. Preschoolers will visit the galleries to discuss simple shapes, colors, and lines in art. Stories andgames may be included in the tour along with a hands-on art activity.   Program last approximately 60 - 75 minutes. Cost is $3 per student.

To schedule a tour, call Ginny Zellmer at (828) 327-8576. Group tours must have a minimum of 10 participants.