Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western A...

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

The Eiteljorg Museum offers insightful programs and tours that explore the cultural diversity of the American West, examine the unexpected West of the imagination and celebrate Native American and Western art, history and cultures. When you visit, your students will learn about the Indigenous peoples of North America and the American West in ways they have not before. They will hear fascinating stories and learn about cultures, from centuries ago to the present day. Students will see paintings, sculptures, pottery, artifacts and more, as well as interactive exhibits that will enhance their understanding of the subject matter. Student tours are updated throughout the year to coincide with special exhibits and new acquisitions. A tour from a month ago might look completely different from a tour tomorrow. When you book a tour, ask Eiteljorg staff about possible visiting artists in residence, special exhibitions and seasonal events and programs that might be taking place on the date of your visit. Prepare for an upcoming visit or extend the lesson with online educator resources. These materials are great for lessons in the classroom, but also serve as a great toolkit for students who are looking to expand their subject knowledge.




  500 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 636-9378

(317) 275-1400

Animals All Around tour

Program description

Eiteljorg Guides will engage your students as they explore the museum galleries looking for animals in art and artifacts and experience how artists make us feel about animals. Prepare your students for lots of stopping, observing, talking, listening and engaging with hands-on items.

Booking / scheduling contact

Eric Hinkle

   (317) 636-9378, press 1 at the prompt


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multi-Cultural, Native American
Program type: Field Trip
Population served: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Science
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Group tours are available 7 days a week, year-round, with at least three weeks advance notice. Some exceptions on special event days. Closed on New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.


Available times:

Monday through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 3 p.m.

Length of program: 45 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

For students in 2nd grade and younger, must have one teacher or other adult per 5 students. For students in 3rd grade and older, one teacher/adult per 10 students.


Attitudes: The West in American Art (Western galleries)

Contemporary art galleries

Native American galleries

Special exhibitions gallery

Fees / Ticketing:


Students and accompanying adults in groups are $5 each.

All preregistered IPS groups receive free admission to the museum.

One payment due upon arrival–check, cash or Visa/MC

Inquire about transportation grants.

All Indiana teachers with ID are free when visiting the museum.


Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Standard 3 - Life Science
SL.1 – Learning Outcome for Speaking and Listening: Develop and apply effective communication skills through speaking and active listening
SL.2 – Discussion and Collaboration: Develop and apply reciprocal communication skills by participating in a range of collaborative discussions
SL.3 – Comprehension: Develop and apply active listening and interpretation skills using various strategies
SL.4 – Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas: Develop and apply speaking skills to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of situations
Anchor Standard 2 – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches
Anchor Standard 7 – Perceive and analyze artistic work: Individual aesthetic and empathetic awareness developed through engagement with art can lead to understanding and appreciation of self, others, the natural world, and constructed environments.
Anchor Standard 7 – Perceive and analyze artistic work: Visual imagery influences understanding of and responses to the world.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Cancellation Policy

If group is going to be more than 15 minutes late, please notify. If a cancellation is necessary, please notify asap.