Tours

Group Tours

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College offers guided tours to public groups during open hours, Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Our specially-trained Student Guides engage visitors with the Davis’s distinctive permanent collections and special temporary exhibitions through dialogue-based, interactive experiences. Admission is free; reservations are required, and must be made two weeks in advance. School groups are encouraged to apply for our School Bus Subsidy, generously supported by The Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

Tours are customized according to interest area, and the Davis now offers guided group tours in French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean with prior arrangements.

To schedule your visit or to request more information, please e-mail Arthurina Fears, Curator of Education and Programs, at afears@wellesley.edu or call 781.283.3045.

The Student Guide program is generously supported by the Elizabeth Bein Keto '48 Endowed Memorial Art Fund. 

School Groups: Please plan visits to the Davis in advance by connecting with Arthurina Fears, Curator of Education and Programs, and consider applying for our School Bus Subsidy, generously funded by the Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and awards are based on fund availability.  Upon acceptance, teachers must schedule the bus for their visit, and the Davis Museum will reimburse up the school to $500 of the final cost.

Forms
 
 
Drop-in Public Tours
Every Saturday, 2:00 PM
September 14-December 7 (No tours on October 12 and November 30)
Meet in Davis Lobby
 
Designed by Wellesley students from a range of academic majors, thematic tours of special exhibitions and permanent collections led by a Student Guide are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. 
This program is generously supported by the Elizabeth Bein Keto ‘48 Endowed Memorial Art Fund. 
 
Stroller Tours
Wednesdays, October 9, November 13, and December 11
10:15 - 11:00 AM
Meet in Davis Lobby 
 
Spend an art-filled morning at the Davis strolling the galleries during this free guided tour—a special opportunity for families open before normal hours. Designed for art lovers and their little ones (recommended for children up to 2 years old). Join us for a different theme on the second Wednesday of each month.
 
Stroller and Story Time Saturday
Saturday, October 12
11-11:30 tour
11:30-12 story time with Wellesley Free Library
Families are invited to spend an art-filled morning at the Davis strolling the galleries with their little ones during a free guided tour of  Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons from 11-11:30 am and then join a special guest from the Wellesley Free Library from 11:30 am - noon for books and songs!
 
Self-Guided Tours

If a guided tour is unavailable, groups larger than 5 may choose to visit the galleries on their own. Outside tour leaders and guides may not lead groups through the Davis Museum with the exception of college classes lead by credentialed faculty.  All self-guided groups will be met by the Manager of Museum Education and Programs for a brief orientation, followed by an opportunity to visit the museum galleries. 

Self-guided groups larger than 5 must register using the reservation form below. All reservations must be finalized at least two weeks prior to the date of the group visit. We recommend that reservations be made as far in advance as possible as we are mindful of the number of groups in the galleries. Groups that arrive without a reservation are not eligible for group admission discounts and may be turned away.

Focus on Accessibility
 
The Davis is committed to making our museum and programs accessible to all audiences.  We encourage you to contact us about the following guided tour options, available for free with two weeks advance notice:
 
American Sign Language interpreted tours of the permanent collections and special exhibitions (subject to interpreter availability).
 
Tactile tours or verbal description tours of the permanent collections.
 
To book your customized tour, please contact Arthurina Fears, Curator of Education and Programs, at afears@wellesley.edu or call 781.283.3045.