Resources for Pre K-12 Educators

Programs for Pre K-12 Educators and Students

Tours • Preschool Storytelling • Teacher Workshop 

The museum's education department works closely with Pre K–12 teachers to plan tours of the collection and exhibitions that complement classroom learning for students. In addition, workshops are offered to equip educators with the professional development opportunities needed to integrate art and aspects of the museum into their curriculum.

School Group Tours

Tours are free for children under 18, college/university students, and their teachers and chaperones. Tours should be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. 

Interactive guided school group tours of the Zimmerli are offered Tuesday through Friday for students in grades K–12. With thousands of original artworks and educator-led discovery tours, a trip to the Zimmerli offers an ideal opportunity to enhance and support the school curriculum. You may contact us at to discuss how to customize a tour for your group. 

To request a school group tour, download and return the Group Tour Request Form.

Preschool Adventures in Art and Storytelling

Preschool Adventures in Storytelling and Art visits can be scheduled throughout the year, from Tuesday through Friday, starting at 10am. Each session includes 30 minutes of storytelling, an age-appropriate museum tour, and a drawing activity. We can accommodate groups from 10 to 45 preschool students (minimum group size: 10 preschool students). Requests must be made at least 3 weeks in advance of the desired visit date. To reserve a visit, simply email or call 848.932.6175.

Preschool Adventures is entirely free of charge thanks to a generous grant from PNC Bank.

Teacher Workshop

Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition: A Recipe for Satisfying Storytelling
Wednesday, May 15 / 4-7pm

David Gonzalez, a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival and an award-winning storyteller, musician, poet, and playwright, comes to the Zimmerli to pass along his recipe for satisfying storytelling. His experiential “playshop” introduces the elements of rhythm, rhyme and repetition as essential ingredients for exciting and engaging storytelling. Each of these elements will be presented through fun exercises and games so participants can easily comprehend their role in storytelling. This workshop is presented in conjunction with our exhibition Stories of Wonder: Children’s Tales from Around the World, and focuses on folk stories and fairy tales.

Participants receive three professional credit development hours. Light dinner is included. The workshop is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Click here for the registration form. Please email or call 848.932.6787 with any questions.

Supported by the PNC Foundation and delivered in support of its signature initiative in early childhood education, PNC Grow Up Great.


If you plan to park in university lots 11, 26, 30, or the College Avenue Deck to attend this program, please register your license plate to avoid a possible citation.

Interested in other professional development opportunities for your school? We are happy to work with schools to customize programs that draw upon the museum’s resources and provide rich opportunities for arts engagement and enrichment for teachers and students. Contact to start a conversation.