The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

College & University

Please note: We are temporarily closed due to construction. UAMA will reopen on October 24, 2021 after improvements to our courtyard are complete. Join the UAMA e-newsletter or follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates. While our doors remain closed, we continue to work with instructors and offer online resources for educators, and are currently taking reservations for Guided and Self-Guided Tours.

With approximately 6,000 objects spanning the Early Bronze Age to present day and representing many cultures and artistic mediums, the University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts provide opportunities for learning and research across disciplines. Examining, interpreting, and sharing ideas about artworks helps students build powerful skills like detailed observation, visual literacy, critical thinking, and empathy. UAMA’s Education Department is committed to promoting  the museum and its collection as a teaching and learning resource for the UArizona campus and greater community.

Not sure where to start? Reach out to Willa Ahlschwede, Assistant Curator of Education and Public Programs, to talk more about how UAMA resources might fit with your teaching or research.

Guided Tours

We are now scheduling guided group tours to take place after October 24, 2021 when UAMA reopens. Guided tours are free for college and university class groups. All tours are customized to fit the curricular needs and goals of the class. To schedule a guided tour, please submit a request at least three weeks in advance by completing the Group Visit Request Form. Group size may be limited, depending on current public health guidelines.

Self-Guided Group Visits

Instructors can now request self-guided class visits to take place after UAMA reopens on October 24, 2021. This option allows instructors to lead their own tour or have students work independently in the museum. To ensure that the galleries are available for your class on the day and time you plan to arrive, please submit a request at least three weeks in advance by completing the Group Visit Request Form.

Self-Guided Virtual Resources

Instructors can mix and match virtual resources available online to integrate into course sessions and assignments, or embed in a course website.

Navigate virtual 360° galleries to discover eight centuries of artwork from the UAMA permanent collection, along with multimedia links to learn more:

American Art 1925-1945 Modern Art Gallery Contemporary Art Gallery Samuel H. Kress Collection  Retablo of Ciudad Rodrigo 

UAMA Think Sheets

Five Line Poem A simple creative exercise to help students respond and make a personal connection with any artwork.

See/Think/Wonder Based on a classic thinking routine described by Harvard’s Project Zero, students use this think sheet to observe, interpret, and imagine new things about any artwork. Whether working on their own or in groups, this is a great way for students to spend time thinking critically and writing about what they see.

Online Resources

See our full Online Resources page for more materials to help incorporate art learning into your classroom.