At the Museum


Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation
January 24 – April 12, 2015

Brilliant in the arts, sciences, and engineering, Leonardo da Vinci was driven by a deep sense of curiosity about the world around him, recording his observations on numerous pages of paper, which were later gathered and bound as manuscripts, or codices. Leonardo’s active mind and working method are defined in this exhibition by three primary characteristics: curiosity, direct observation, and thinking on paper.

Museum Docents will guide students through this special exhibition of the work of one of the most intriguing people to ever live. Don't miss this opportunity for students to view Codex Leicester, the first exhibition of the artist’s work to be held in Arizona. 

Standard School Tours

Limited funds are available to help cover transportation costs for school groups who would otherwise not be able to visit the Museum

Prior to your fieldtrip

  1. Complete the Bus Reimbursement Request Form below and obtain a written estimate from the transportation company.
  2. Submit this request and transportation estimate (email to or fax to (602) 307-2001).
  3. Receive notification of approval and keep for your records.

After your fieldtrip

  1. Submit final itemized transportation invoice within 4 weeks of your fieldtrip (be sure it includes school’s information).
  2. Reimbursement will be processed within 4 weeks of receipt.

Bus Reimbursement Request Form

Docent-led tours are available

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (North Wing OR South Wing)
  • Wednesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Self-guided tours (pre-booking required)

  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Program Options

Click on the titles below to review program descriptions and grade recommendations. If you need any further assistance please call the Education Department at (602) 257-4356.

Student-Directed Visit: 6th - 12th grade (Pilot Program)

Are you interested in building student knowledge through discovery, problem-solving, critical thinking and social skills? The student-directed visit may be the right tour for you! Teachers, students and chaperones generate questions, discover relationships between objects and learn how to navigate the Museum. Learn how your school can be apart of this innovative program. Contact the education department at or (602) 257-4356 for additional information regarding participation requirements.


The Museum collects are in seven major areas. If you have a specific interest in an artist or period, please check in advance to see if the Museum has that material. Visit our online gallery to view our collection. Please contact us with any questions: (602) 257-4356 or

North Wing Galleries

Includes Asian, Ulman Center for the Art of Philip C. Curtis, European, Spanish Colonial, American, Western American.

South Wing Galleries

Includes Modern, Contemporary, Fashion Design, Photography.

Temporary Exhibitions

The Museum presents temporary exhibitions on a variety of art forms and styles. Be sure to check exhibition dates prior to booking. Visit our Exhibitions page to view current and past exhibits.

Sculpture Garden

The Museum’s sculpture garden is an excellent place to view outdoor sculpture or have lunch. Learn more about the use of the sculpture garden with your students.

At Your School

Are your students prepared?


Museum ambassadors can visit your K-12 classroom prior to their museum visit, so they know what is expected of them when they arrive and how to make the most of their visit to Phoenix Art Museum. Prepared students have realistic expectations as to what they will see and do during their visit, and will be introduced to key concepts and vocabulary terms that they are likely to encounter. 

Sessions are available on a limited basis, and can be scheduled for the week prior to your field trip. 

  • Sessions are FREE! but available on a space available basis
  • Presentations last 45-55 minutes, but can be modified to accommodate your class periods.
  • Classrooms need to have a screen or blank white wall in a room that can be darkened for a PowerPoint presentation.
For more information, email