Explore our educational programming and discover the many ways The Fralin can be your museum! The Fralin is committed to providing all members of our diverse community with direct experience of works of art, from infants to seniors and university students to scholars. In service of this mission, we design educational programming to reach the broadest possible audience, while serving the needs of individual groups as well. Special tours, workshops, talks and lectures, and family programs offer exciting opportunities for everyone.
The Museum offers tours to groups of all ages, from pre-school and K-12 students to social clubs and senior centers, with a variety of tour types to meet the needs and interests of every group. Interactive docent-led tours engage visitors in dialogue about the works on view, and tours led by graduate students, staff, and curators can be planned provide more information and historical context. For more information, contact the tour coordinator
or all members of our community, Saturday Special Tours and Lunchtime Talks offer unique insight into the Museum's collections and current exhibitions, while annual lectures and academic symposia bring leading scholars to Charlottesville, often in conjunction with special exhibitions.
Bring the children in your life early and often! Research shows that regular early exposure to the arts supports children’s ability to articulate what they see and experience in a work of art, and leads to appreciation and enjoyment of the arts in adulthood. Our early childhood programs are offered January through July, and Family Art JAMs are held monthly except August and December.
Each year, more than 4000 K-12 students visit The Fralin from public and independent schools in Charlottesville, Staunton, Waynesboro and up to 15 surrounding counties. Our docents lead engaging, interactive tours designed to support close looking and develop visual literacy among students.
The Museum invites University students to explore the Museum and its collections through the student docent program, internships, and volunteer opportunities.
In addition to gallery talks and lectures, The Fralin offers a variety of community programming to appeal to a range of interests, from creative writing and film to meditation and museum teaching. Find a program that appeals to your interests!