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School Tours and Lesson Plans

Tours of the Permanent Collection

The Biggs offers FREE tours to schools, youth groups, after-school programs, and camps. Our standard School Tours are 1-hour long and explore all the museum has to offer. If your students are interested in a specific topic or theme, staff can tailor your experience to better fit your lesson. Tours can be booked as in-person tours or virtual experience. Reservations are required for your in-person or virtual tour. Please make your school tour reservation by clicking HERE.

Add on to your school tour experience with a free accompany 45-minute art-making activity facilitated (in-person or virtually) by a member of the Biggs Education Team. All art-making activities are designed to help your students make cross-disciplinary connections with concepts learned during their tour.

A library of  classroom lesson plans and corresponding downloadable slideshows for teacher use can be viewed using the link below.

 Please note: school tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Adopt an Artwork

This year, we’re reproducing works of art from our collection and putting them “up for adoption” by local schools. For the entirety of the 2020/2021 school year, schools will be able to have their framed work of art on display in the school and will use these works of art as tools for the development of curriculum throughout the year. In conjunction with the adoption, we’re inviting teachers from these schools to attend training sessions where they will learn to create lesson plans related to these objects and aligned to the new Delaware Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts. All hours at the sessions and hours spent working on the lessons will be eligible for clock hours. These lessons will be attributed to the author(s) and integrated into the museum’s online library of resources available to the public and used in the museum’s school tour program.


To supplement these lessons, free of charge, the Biggs will offer participating schools either an on-site field trip to the museum or an “at school” field trip led by Biggs staff and volunteers. This program will be run with the support and assistance of the Delaware Department of Education.

See below for our 2020-2021 adoption options and participation contact.

Adopt an Artwork 20-21 (1)

Susan K. Black Foundation