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Pre-K-12 Learning

As a teaching museum, we are committed to providing educational services for school children and helping educators implement innovative approaches to teaching and learning through art.

Elementary students

Gallery Tours

The Haggerty is open to the public, and free guided and self-guided gallery tours are available for groups of more than 10 people. Guided tours for elementary, middle, and high school students are available Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tours require a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 65. For PreK-3rd grade groups one chaperone is required for every 5 students, for 4th-12th grade one chaperone is required for every 10 students. Self-guided tours, where you explore the galleries on your own, are also available. 

To request a self-guided tour, please visit: 

To request a guided tour, please visit:

Please contact Christine Fleming,, with any questions.

More information about directions, parking, and lunch options can be viewed here.

Art Across Curriculum


Water Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Picasso Across the Curriculum (PAC) are free, multi-visit programs for Milwaukee area schools that utilize works of art from the Haggerty’s collection to explore a variety of subjects over the course of 2-3 classroom visits that feature inquiry-based discussions and hands-on activities. Educator Sylvia Peine works closely with each teacher to tailor the program to the needs and interests of the students, and educator resource guides are available to supplement and support the program. The programs have the dual focus of training university students studying education to integrate the visual arts into their classroom curricula while simultaneously providing schoolchildren with the opportunity to learn about a variety of subjects through the visual arts.  Both programs support MPS Learning Standards, and learning outcomes include increased visual literacy and critical thinking skills.  

Participating schools may choose to add on a gallery tour at the Haggerty Museum of Art to see the related works of art in person and explore highlights from the collection. Schools enrolled in Water Across Curriculum may also choose to visit the Global Water Center to see lab demos and Kevin Miyazaki’s Perimeter, a photography series of Lake Michigan. Please note that schools are responsible for coordinating bus travel, but may seek reimbursement from the museum following their visit.  

For more information, or to enroll your school, please start with an email to

Water Across Curriculum


Water Across Curriculum(WAC) is designed for students in grades 1-8 and uses paintings, prints, and photographs from the Haggerty’s permanent collection to address a variety of water related issues. Topics include: 

  • The Water Cycle
  • Water Properties
  • The Power of Water
  • Milwaukee Water Stories
  • Water and Pollution

Picasso Across Curriculum

Elementary students

Picasso Across Curriculum (PAC) uses the Haggerty's Picasso-Guernica portfolio, a collection of 42 lithographs of the preliminary drawings for Picasso's 1937 masterwork  Guernica, as the point of departure. The complementary resource guide describes how the Picasso portfolio can be integrated into the classroom curriculum and used to discuss subjects such as war, the history of Spain, and Picasso’s African and Oceanic influences. 

Gallery Guides for Kids

Interactive gallery guides for children are often created in conjunction with major exhibitions and available for museum visitors.

Past gallery guides:
Fall 2012 | Fall 2013 | Spring 2013 | Spring 2014 | Spring 2015 | Fall 2017



  • Monday – Saturday:
    10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday:
    10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday:
    Noon to 5 p.m.