Start with Art Native American

Start with Art Native American

Guided Tour of Native American Exhibits

The guided tour focuses on the museum’s collection of Native American artworks, specifically those items created by tribes represented in contemporary Oklahoma. Topics of discussion may include: relocation and reservations, utilitarian art, indigenous aesthetics, and information about specific tribes represented in the collection, including religious beliefs.

Hands On! Students get to touch artifacts from the education collection.

Topics and content are modified to be age appropriate for students in 2nd-12th grades.

Rain Stick Activity

Students create rain sticks assembled from mailing tubes. Students learn the history of the rain stick and discuss the importance of musical instruments to indigenous peoples. They also explore symbols inspired by Native American art and glyphs.

This project is enjoyed by all age levels.

Visual Thinking Strategies™

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a student-centered discussion method grounded in decades of research and testing. The method uses discussions of art to expand critical thinking skills. Students will use VTS to discuss additional artworks in the gallery.

Learn more about VTS | Get trained in VTS

Extend the Experience

Check out the traveling treasure trove or download the education guide to experience the museum in the classroom.

The travel trove includes video, music, games, books, posters, and more! You can borrow it for free for 2 weeks. The museum covers to/from shipping.

The education guide includes suggestions for corresponding activities in all curriculum areas.

Check out a Treasure Trove *Coming Soon!
Download the Education Guide *Coming Soon!

Field Trip Information

  • Reservation required 2 weeks in advance—one month or more is recommended for optimum scheduling.
  • 10 participating children are required. Limited to 75 children. Appropriate for ages 4-18.
  • FREE with a scholarship from MGMoA Fund-A-Program. Regular price is $3 per student. School groups traveling by bus or van are eligible for up to $200 reimbursement for bus transportation.
  • 1 chaperon per 10 kids is required and admission is waived. Additional adults are $4 each.

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