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.

Youth Programs:


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. Please contact Margaret Buhr, Director of Education, to schedule.

Adult Programs:


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 Previous Famous Dead Artist Lectures Online


“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. Check the Event Calendar for upcoming dates.


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


DuMA and Heritage Works partner to present a series of walking tours of Dubuque architecture designed to provide insights into Dubuque’s historic buildings. Click here for more information.

Family Programs:


Toddlers ages 3-5, accompanied by a parent or grandparent, are invited to enjoy a merry time creating art at the Museum. Young @ Art is held every month, from 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM (New Summer time.) Specific dates may be found in our Event Calendar.

Tuition is $3 per child (Supplies furnished.) Registration is required by 12 PM the Monday before. Please call Margaret Buhr at 563.557.1851 Monday-Friday, or email Margaret Buhr for more information or to enroll a student. Please come dressed to get messy!

Instructor: Hana Velde.


Babies and their caregivers are welcome to participate in a 30-minute tour of the Museum exhibitions, focused on shapes, colors and textures. Baby and Me tours are offered every month. Specific dates may be found in our Event Calendar.

Advance registration is required. Register by calling the museum at 563-557-1851 or by emailing Margaret Buhr.


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 Second Saturdays page or our Event Calendar for information about the next scheduled program.

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


Glab Children's Gallery & Classroom

The newly remodeled Glab Family Art Studio offers an inviting space for children and their families to create art through a variety of interactive art activities, free of charge. The downstairs gallery area also hosts annual student art shows featuring selected works of art from area student artists, while the classroom is host to the Museum’s smART Saturdays classes and Summer/Spring art camp programs.

For more information about open studio hours and smART Saturdays classes, click here.