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Museum Education

Our Museum Education program provides guided and self-guided tours, interpretative materials, and events for educators. These resources introduce visitors to photography while building visual literacy and critical thinking skills. Led by Museum Educators, tours are conducted in an inquiry-based discussion format, encouraging audience members to discover visual information and realize multiple interpretations and meanings.

As our Museum is moving from Midtown to a new space at ICP Bowery, set to open this fall, we are now offering Off-Site Guided Tours, bringing the experience of a museum visit into your classroom! Focusing on visual literacy and utilizing the content of ICP’s extensive Collection, we have developed lesson plans around the age-appropriate themes of Community for elementary school students, Identity for middle schools, and Social Justice for high schools. When you book an Off-Site Guided Tour, a Museum Educator will travel to your school, introduce ICP’s resources, and facilitate an interactive lesson using image-based projections and distributed materials. 

We also invite you to bring your group to visit the School at ICP’s Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, which exhibits the work of students alumni, and faculty. We can accommodate groups of 15 (max.) and are happy to introduce your group to ICP and the exhibition. To request a visit to the School at ICP’s Education Gallery, please email [email protected].

Group Tours

Reservations are necessary at least three weeks in advance for all group tours.

Off-Site Guided Museum Tours

Off-site guided Museum tours are available Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm.

  • NYC Title 1 Public Schools K–12: Free* (max. 25 students)
  • K–12: $150 per 25 students plus 2 required chaperones
  • College Students, Adults, and Seniors: $150 per 25 students

*Please note this is a pilot program and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guided and Self-Guided Museum Tours are on hold during our move to ICP Bowery and will resume in fall 2015.

Guided Gallery Tours

Led by Museum Educators, guided tours are tailored for all levels of school and adult audiences and encourage critical thinking and visual literacy.

Grades K–6: $150 per 25 students + 3 required chaperones
Grades 7–12: $150 per 25 students + 2 required chaperones
New York City Public Schools, K–12: Free (min. 10/max. 25)
College Students & Seniors: $13 per person (min. 15/max. 25)
Adults: $18 per person (min. 10/ max. 25)

Self-Guided Gallery Tours

Self-guided groups explore the museum exhibitions at their own pace.

Grades K–12: $5 per person including 2 required chaperones (min. 10/max. 25)
New York City Public Schools, K–12: Free (min. 10/max. 25)
College Students & Seniors: $7 per person (min. 10/max. 25)
Adults: $10 per person (min. 10/max. 25)

Payments and Refunds

Payment is due upon arrival for all group visits. The group leader is responsible for the entire amount; group members cannot pay individually. Please note that refunds will not be given for pre-payments if the number of people in the group is less than the prepaid amount.


If there are any changes to your reservation please contact 212.857.0005 as soon as possible.

Self-Guided Tours: Self-Guided tours cancelled less than 3 days in advance will be charged 50% of their invoiced fee. Groups that do not give 24 hours' notice will be charged in full.

Guided Tours: Guided tours that are cancelled with less than 3 days' notice will be charged a $100 fee. Groups that do not give 24 hours' notice will be charged in full. If the group is over 15 minutes late for a Guided Tour, your reservation will be considered cancelled and you will be charged in full.

Exhibition Teacher Guides

Off-Site Guided Tours

ICP's Collection in Focus: Elementary School | Middle School | High School

Recent Exhibitions

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis: Elementary School | Middle School | High School

Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944–2013 and Caio Reisewitz:
Elementary School | Middle School | High School

Download Past Teacher Guide PDFs

Capa in Color and What Is a Photograph?Elementary School | Middle School | High School

Lewis Hine and Zoe Strauss: 10 Years: Elementary School | Middle School | High School

A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial: Middle and High School

Roman Vishniac Rediscovered: Middle and High School

Susan Meiselas: In History, Cornell Capa: Concerned Photographer, and
Living with the Dead: W. Eugene Smith and World War II: Junior High School | High School

Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan:
Elementary School | Junior High School | High School

Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art:
Elementary School | Junior High School | High School

This Is War! Robert Capa at Work: Junior High School | High School

Gerda TaroJunior High School | High School

Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits:
Elementary School | Junior High School | High School

Henri Cartier-Bresson's ScrapbookJunior High School | High School

Martin Munkacsi: Think While You ShootJunior High School | High School

Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video:
Elementary School | Junior High School | High School

Exhibition Family Guides

Current Exhibition

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis | Download PDF

Recent Exhibitions

Capa in Color and What Is a Photograph? | Download PDF

Lewis Hine and Zoe Strauss: 10 Years | Download PDF

Past Exhibition

Roman Vishniac Rediscovered | Download PDF

Other Curricula

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, courtesy of the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Avedon Fashion 1944–2000, courtesy of the Avedon Foundation.


Museum Education programs are made possible by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.