Bard Graduate Center’s public programs and education initiatives are catalysts for deep reflection with objects. We build dialogue and imagine new ways of seeing.

Vision and Values
Bard Graduate Center is committed to forming the next generation of museum educators, curators, and historians, who see deeply, think critically, and build freely.

See Deeply— We believe in the power of careful observation, deduction, and research. We also acknowledge that audiences bring a wealth of personal knowledge, history, and insight to their relationship with objects.

Think Critically
— We value serious, disciplined thinking that is clear, open-minded, and informed by evidence. We want audiences to feel confident about drawing meaning from objects, familiar and unfamiliar. We believe in open dialogue and big questions.

Build Freely
— We provide opportunities for people to build relationships and share insights. We hope to build an intergenerational movement of curators, scholars, historians, and visitors in order to create democratic museums. We believe that by reimagining the past we can build an equitable future.
The Lab for Teen Thinkers is a public humanities program that prepares rising juniors and seniors for future academic and professional success through civic development, mentoring, and internship opportunities. Click here to learn more.

School Tours

K–12 visitors see objects up close and make meaningful connections to the world around them. Our student-centered tours are led by graduate student educators who engage young people in lively discussion and hands-on activities that promote critical thinking and visual literacy skills. Tours are adaptable to your school’s curriculum and build thoughtful object-based inquiry and powerful learning experiences.

Guided Tours

We offer both in-person and virtual guided tours that are one hour in duration. Virtual tours will be led through Zoom using all safety precautions and procedures. A Zoom link and a materials list will be emailed at least 24 hours in advance of the tour.

Guided Tour Availability
Monday through Saturdays from 10 am–4 pm

Tour Fees
NYC DOE school groups: Free
All other groups of up to 10 participants: $110

For more information email: [email protected]

Bard Graduate Center requires proof of vaccination to enter its gallery. Guests are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

We offer programs that build inclusive and accessible gallery experiences for visitors.

Arts & Minds

Arts & Minds brings adults with memory disorders and their caregivers together for deep reflection with objects. Through gallery discussions and hands-on making activities, Arts & Minds opens a window to creativity and well-being. To learn more about this program, please email [email protected]

Objects Speak!

Bard Graduate Center is pleased to offer free Virtual Verbal Description tours for visitors with low or impaired vision. Register for upcoming tours of Richard Tuttle: What is the Object? here.


In-Person Guided Tours
Richard Tuttle: What Is the Object? and Conserving Active Matter, are now on view at Bard Graduate Center Gallery. We’re offering in-person guided tours every Tuesday through June 21, 2022! Engage in lively conversation with our knowledgeable gallery educators in our intimate townhouse setting. Register for a tour here.

Tours for groups of 10+

Senior Group tours can be customized to meet the specific needs of visitors, including scheduling tours when the museum is closed and accommodating chairs so visitors can relax. To schedule a tour email: [email protected]

Evening for Educators

Bard Graduate Center acknowledges educators as leaders who make important contributions in the arts and humanities and in the lives of students. Our Evening for Educators reflects our commitment to provide teachers with quality interdisciplinary workshops and tours that spark deeper appreciation of the material world and its complex cultural history.

Our next Evening for Educators will take place on Tuesday May 10, 2022 from 4–6 pm. Register here.
Guided Tours

In-Person Guided Tours

Bard Graduate Center gallery offers guided tours that explore exhibition highlights every Tuesday at 2 pm and 5:30 pm through June 21, 2022. Register for upcoming tours for Conserving Active Matter and Richard Tuttle: What is the Object? here.

Free for seniors, students, persons with disabilities and their caregivers
All others $15

To book a private group tour, email: [email protected]

Private Group Tour Fees
Groups of 10: $110

Bard Graduate Center requires proof of vaccination and photo identification to enter its gallery. Guests are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Community Partnerships

We build sustained relationships and dialogue between artists, teens, seniors, scholars, veterans, historians, curators, and community-based organizations around the city in order to create democratic museums.

Bard High School Early College

Hill Art Foundation

DreamYard Project

Wendy’s Subway

Textile Arts Center

Arts & Minds