Educational Programs

The Dubuque Museum of Art promotes life-long learning in the arts through programs, activities, and events for visitors of all ages. The Museum’s goals are to enrich students’ understanding of and responses to works of art both in the museum and in the classroom. Our goal is to guide students toward a deeper and richer interpretation of the visual arts by fostering critical thinking, literacy, and observational skills, and by helping students see how works of art relate to both their school curriculum and their life experiences.



Arts Trek

Arts Trek is a dedicated arts learning opportunity offered in conjunction with the Dubuque Community and Holy Family School Districts. Each year, every second grade student in the District views a selected exhibition and engages in an interactive art activity at the Museum.


Docent-guided school tours offer an excellent opportunity for students to explore the featured exhibitions. Please contact Margaret Buhr, Director of Education, to schedule a tour. The suggested fee is $2 per student and chaperons are free.


The Dubuque Museum of Art is an intriguing destination for group outings. Tuesday–Sunday, trained docents lead tours for groups of 15 or more. Reservations are required and should be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact Margaret Buhr, Director of Education, to design the perfect tour.


Boy and Girl Scouts of all ages can earn a variety of visual arts related badges at the Museum. Call at least a month in advance to schedule an activity tailored to address your scout troop’s specific needs. The fee of $5 per scout covers the cost of Museum admission, workshop supplies, and instruction.



Dali, Warhol, and O'Keefe
Dali, Warhol, and O’Keeffe

One of the Museum’s most anticipated semi-annual events, the Famous Dead Artist series brings legendary artists to life through portrayals by local actors. Featured artists span the visual, performing, literary, and culinary worlds and have included Pablo Picasso, Charlie Chaplin, Julia Child, and Leonard Bernstein, among many others.

View Famous Dead Artist Lecture


Join us for free and family-oriented programming every second Saturday of the month at 1 pm. Second Saturdays features culturally-diverse performing arts acts and hands-on art activities that the entire family will enjoy. Check the Event Calendar for information about the next scheduled program.

Contact Margaret Buhr, Director of Education, for more information.


“Unstuffy” and informative, the Lunch and Learn sessions explore a variety of art history topics. Relax, bring your lunch, and learn about an artist or an art period.  Free for Museum members and $5 per session for non-members.


Hosted in conjunction with specific exhibitions throughout the year. Check the Event Calendar for ongoing updates.


GLAB CHILDREN’S GALLERY & CLASSROOMGlab Children's Gallery & Classroom

The Glab Gallery features selected works of art from student artists, while the Classroom is host to the Museum’s Saturday morning and summer camp programs, which introduces students to a variety of hands-on art-making opportunities and meets throughout the year.