Field Trips

DIA field trips provide students with lessons on history and culture that connect with learning outcomes.

A group of students in yellow shirts listening to a DIA gallery teacher talk about a work of modern art.

Spark students’ imaginations, encourage wonder and discover new worlds

Field trips are designed for Pre K – 12 classroom or homeschool groups, summer and recreational camps, and community organizations and are free for schools within Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

In-Person Experiences

Guided Gallery Experiences (Grades K - 12)

DIA Gallery Teachers use inquiry-based and student-centered teaching strategies to facilitate learning in the museum. A Gallery Teacher will work with you to make connections between the classroom and the museum’s collection. 

Apply for a Guided Visit

Not sure where to start? Read descriptions of our guided field trips.

DIA Gallery Teacher asking students on a field trip a question about artwork.
Students on a field trip writing in notebooks in the Great Hall

Classroom Teacher-Led Visits (Grades K - 12)

When you lead your students in the museum, the DIA is an extension of your classroom. We provide helpful online teaching resources, including graphic organizers tied to various curriculum areas, lesson plans, and writing prompts.

Apply for a Teacher-led Visit

Meaning Through Art-Making (Grades 3 - 8)

Students engage in a facilitated, inquiry-based discussion of art in the DIA galleries, followed by art-making in the DIA Studio, motivated by questions related to their own knowledge, ideas, and experience. 

Applications are not currently available for this experience.


Students enjoy a meaning through art-making field trip in the DIA Studio

Outside of the Museum

Items from a DIA Delivered kit.

DIA Delivered (Grades K - 12)

DIA Delivered is a program for K-12 teachers and students that brings toolboxes filled with a variety of items to your classroom, providing students with opportunities for close-looking and exploration. Designed to create a window into the DIA’s world-renown collection from afar, each toolbox offers a variety of curriculum-based activities, connecting your students to some of our favorite works of art! 

DIA Delivered

Students getting off a school bus to go on a field trip.

Prepare for your Visit

We are excited to be welcoming school groups back to the DIA. To best plan your visit, please refer to the following materials on our website.

Education Programs are made possible in part with funding from The Total Health Care Foundation and the Masco Corporation.

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