Guided tours of the Museum grounds, current exhibitions, and participation in hands-on activities are available for groups of various sizes throughout the year.

Image courtesy of Alex Shanksky

Groups of 3 to 10:

What You Need to Know

The Metal Museum has introduced new tour options for small groups of 3 to 10 people. The 18Karat and 24Karat tours are designed to offer a richer museum experience with the opportunity to learn about the history, artwork, and programming at the Museum. These tours include a guided 20-minute walkthrough of the buildings and sculpture garden with discussions about the Museum's history and artwork currently on display. Each tour is followed by a hands-on activity. 18Karat and 24Karat tours can be scheduled on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10AM to 3PM and Sunday from 12PM to 3PM. These small tours must be scheduled a minimum of three days in advance.


Please note that these tours include a viewing of our Smithy and Foundry metals studios, but do not include a demonstration by shop staff.

Contact Lori Gipson at lori@metalmuseum.org to book a tour.

18Karat Tour

18Karat Tours include a walkthrough of the buildings and sculpture garden while learning about the history of the Metal Museum and the artwork currently on display. Afterwards you will be able to make personalized stamped copper bracelets using hammers and stamps.

$15 per person

24Karat Tour

24Karat Tours include a a guided tour of the changing exhibitions, the buildings, and sculpture garden with additional information about the history of the Museum. For the hands-on activity, participants will be able to design their own aluminum art tile which will be cast on-site. Guests will have the option to pick up their tiles that day or have them shipped for an additional fee.

$30 per person

Large Group Tours 

Guided tours and hands-on activities are available for groups of 10 or more, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 AM until 3 PM, and Sundays from 12:30 PM until 3 PM. All guided tours must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. For more information about group tours please visit this page.

Prices vary

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Hands-On Activities & Workshops

Hands-on activities may be scheduled without a guided tour, in which case general admission is included in the cost of the activity. There is a 10 person minimum to schedule a hands-on activity.


  • Visitors will use hammers and stamps to add names, symbols or patterns to a piece of copper, which will be formed to fit the visitor's wrist.

  • FEE: $10 per person



  • Chasing repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped to create a design in low relief. Participants will make their own low relief, 2-D drawings in copper using a stylus tool to create patterns and textures on metal.

  • FEE: $10 per person

An art tile workshop is a staff-led, immersive activity that may be scheduled without a guided tour. There is a 10 person minimum to schedule an art tile workshop. Art tile workshops work well for large groups or as team-building exercises for corporate visitors.


  • Each participant draws a design in a pre-made sand mold, called a scratch block, using a "stylus" tool. Molten metal is then poured into the molds. When the metal has cooled participants have a custom 4 x 4" art tile. A staff member is available to answer questions and provide assistance during this activity. Guests will have the option to pick up their tiles that day or have them shipped for an additional fee.

  • FEE: $45 per person

For more information regarding guided tours, hands-on activities and workshops please contact our Education & Community Engagement Manager, Lori Gipson, at lori@metalmuseum.org or call (901) 774-6380.



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TUES. - SAT. 10AM - 5PM, SUN. 12PM - 5PM