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EXPERIENCES THAT INSPIRE

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

The Metal Museum has a variety of tour options. These tours are designed to offer a richer museum experience with the opportunity to learn about the history, artwork, and programming at the Museum.
 
Gold Tours tour options are for small groups of up to 6 people. These tours include a guided 20-minute walkthrough of the Sculpture Garden with discussions about the Museum's history and artworks currently on display. Each tour is followed by a hands-on activity.
 
Tours can be scheduled on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00am to 3:00pm. These tours must be scheduled a minimum of three days in advance.

SCHOOL TOURS

Guided tours and hands-on activities are available for school groups of 10 or more on Tuesday through Friday from 10AM until 3PM. Groups larger than 20 will be divided and may be asked to come on separate days. All guided tours must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. The total length of a tour is 45 minutes without a metalworking demonstration, 1.5 hours with one metalworking demonstration, and approximately 2 hours with additional hands-on activities. 

$10 - $15 per person | 45min - 2 hrs

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18KARAT TOUR

18K 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 learn about copper stamping and create a piece of artwork to take home. You can choose a copper cuff, keychain, or make a stamped copper collar tag for a furry friend.

$20 per person | Approx. 1 hour

Two young boys holding up their arms to show handmade copper bracelets.

22KARAT TOUR

22Karat 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. After your tour, you will have an hour to participate in an activity of your choosing: Copper Flower Bouquets or Chasing Repoussé Copper Tiles.

$30 per person | Approx. 1.5 hours

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24KARAT TOUR

24Karat 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. 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.

$45 per person | Approx. 2 hours

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$10 per person | Approx. 2 hours

This tour is for visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing. This two-hour tour discusses the art and history of the Metal Museum and includes the current exhibitions and sculpture garden. The tour is conducted in ASL only; no voice interpretation is provided. This tour does not include an activity.  

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE TOUR

For field trips and school tours, please visit this page.
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HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

COPPER BRACELETS

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.

 

$10 per person

 

CHASING REPOUSSÉ COPPER TILES

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.

 

$10 per person

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.

ART TILE WORKSHOPS

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.

 

$45 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.

A close-up image of someone holding a handmade cast aluminum art tile.

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

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