Our Museum Education program provides tours, workshops, educational resources, and special events for educators. These resources introduce our communities to photography and storytelling while building visual literacy and critical thinking skills.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Museum Education offerings—including virtual tours—are currently suspended. 

Please review the following guidelines when booking your group visit:

  • Tours and Workshops are available daily from 11 AM to 5 PM with the exception of Tuesdays as ICP is closed.
  • There is a minimum of 8 people and maximum of 20 for a self-guided tour with at least 1 chaperone.
  • There is a maximum of 20 people for a guided tour and 15 for a workshop with at least 1 chaperone.
  • All reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.
  • All tours are one hour in length.
  • All workshops are 1.5 hours in length.
  • Payment is required in advance.

Tours

Led by Museum Educators and available for all levels of school and adult audiences, our In-Person Guided and Self-Guided and Virtual Guided tours bring ICP’s exhibitions and collection into classrooms and community spaces everywhere. Tours are conducted in an inquiry-based discussion format, encouraging audience members to discover visual information and realize multiple interpretations and meanings. Working with personalized themes and subject matter, each tour is tailored to the educational goals of its participants. 

ICP Collection in Focus:

Group Fees

In-Person Guided

  • Grades K-12: $150
  • NYC Title 1 Public Schools, K-12: Free
  • College/University: $200
  • Seniors: $250
  • Adults: $275

In-Person Self-Guided

  • Grades K-12: $6 per person
  • NYC Title 1 Public Schools, K-12: Free
  • College/University: $10 per person
  • Seniors: $10 per person
  • Adults: $14 per person

Guided Virtual

  • Grades K-12: $125
  • NYC Title 1 Public Schools, K-12: Free 
  • College/University: $150
  • Seniors: $175
  • Adults: $200

Friday Virtual Tours

Join featured guests from ICP’s exhibitions and education departments on Fridays at 2 PM for a virtual walkthrough and conversation about our current exhibitions. Sign up in advance to be part of the conversation. Admission is $5 per person and space is limited to 15 attendees.

Workshops

Inspired by the content of our current exhibitions and led by Museum Educators, our in-person and virtual workshops are hands-on, theme-based activities focusing on visual literacy and imagemaking. Available for all ages! 

Fees

  • Virtual Workshops: $250
  • In-person Workshops: $350

Educational Resources

Our Museum Education program provides educational and exhibition resources, as well as recommendations from our library staff. Visit our educational resources page to learn more.

Educators Open House

For every exhibition cycle, we invite educators to receive a complimentary virtual tour, during which they hear from ICP staff across departments. Participants learn more about the educational options for integrating the content into their lessons and across disciplines. 

Contact grouptours@icp.org to be added to our educators mailing list.

Community Day

On the last Saturday of the month, Community Day offers programming for all ages including workshops, curated reading lists, and educational resources. Registration is free, but space is limited. See our icp.org/events for information on the next Community Day.

Museum Education Policies

Reservations

Reservations are required for all group visits at least three weeks in advance. A calendar of our current and upcoming exhibitions indicates the opening and closing dates for each and can be found on our website.

Payment For Group Tours

Payment is due in advance or on the day of your visit. Checks should be made out to the “International Center of Photography” and mailed to ICP Community Programs; 79 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002. Payment by credit card can be arranged by calling 212.857.0005. If paying on the day of your visit, please collect all entry fees from group members before entering the museum; group members cannot pay individually.

Please note that the refunds will not be given for pre-payments if the number of the people in the group is less than the prepaid amount.

Cancellations

If you need to cancel your tour please contact 212.857.0005 as soon as possible.

  • Self-Guided Tours: Self-Guided tours cancelled less than three 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 (including Off-Site Guided Tours): Guided tours that are cancelled with less than three 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.

General Museum Information

Directions

ICP has two entrances, 79 Essex Street and 84 Ludlow Street, between Broome Street and Essex Street. Both entrances are accessible to the public. ICP’s new integrated center is located just steps away from the Essex/Delancey subway station serving the J, M, Z and F lines. ICP is also walkable from the Grand Street Subway Station via the B and D lines. By bus, visitors can take the M9 to Essex Street, M14A to Essex/Delancey, or the B39 to Delancey Street.

Arrival

Please enter ICP at 84 Ludlow Street. The teacher and/or group leader should check in at the admissions and information desk while the group waits outside or in designated areas. Please keep clear of the main entrance.

Lunch

ICP’s café is open during museum hours for your convenience, however there is limited seating. Visiting groups may not use ICP’s public space tables for bagged lunches. For more food options we encourage visiting Essex Market, a staple in the LES community for over 100 years. Located across from the ICP Essex Street entrance, Essex Market is home to local vendors with a legacy in the community and more!

Special Thanks

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.