Art Adventure Tours

Join our specially trained volunteer children’s guides on an Art Adventure Tour to introduce pre-schoolers and K–6 students to the Gallery’s collection.

Learning to look

A fun introduction for young visitors to the Gallery and to different ways of looking at and interpreting a range of artworks from the collection. This tour is recommended for all first-time visitors and provides children with an opportunity to develop their own visual arts vocabulary through discussion, exploration, activities and role-play.

Themes linked to classroom activities can be requested as part of the tour.

Recommended themes

For younger children, including pre-schoolers:

  • Colour
  • Animals
  • Dress-ups
  • People and places
  • Built, made, constructed

For older children and gifted and talented students:

  • Gallery spaces: what is a gallery and who is it for?
  • Material world: explore the way artists use materials and techniques, both traditional and contemporary

Let’s look at contemporary art

Tour through the contemporary galleries and investigate how artists react to the world around them through their art-making practice.

Let’s look back: every picture tells a story

Uncover stories and legends, history and culture in artworks throughout the Gallery’s collection.

Let’s go bush: our Australia

Tour through the Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections and discover the people and places of Australia and how artists respond in unique ways to its diverse environment.

Yiribana: this way

Experience country and culture through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the city to the desert through contemporary Indigenous paintings, prints and sculpture.

Conversations with Asia

This tour addresses the cross-curriculum priority ‘Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia’.

Meet the peoples and countries of Asia through their art and discover the diversity of traditions, cultures, belief systems and religions. Consider the influences of traditional Asian arts on Australian and Asian artists today.

Exhibition-specific tours

The Gallery also offers Art Adventure Tours for some specific exhibitions. These are listed under Education for the relevant exhibition. See What’s on


All Art Adventure Tours are available with a registered Auslan interpreter for deaf and hearing impaired students. Three weeks notice required.