Docent-Led Tours

Tuesday: 10 am to noon; 1 pm to 3 pm
Wednesday - Friday:
10 am to noon
Saturday: 11 am to 1 pm
Sunday: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Tours may be a half-hour to one hour long. An instructor must accompany college classes, and K-12 classes must provide one chaperone per 10 children.

Tours are also available by appointment.
To schedule a tour, please email or call 619.239.5548 x109. 

Tours in Spanish, German, Dutch, and Russian are available by appointment. Please allow at least one week in advance of the tour date. Subject to docent availability.

Learn more about our docent-led school programs.

Audio Tours

Enhance your visit with an audio tour that highlights the art, artists, and history of the Timken’s art collection. You can customize your tour with an easy-to-use audio player that allows you to see the collection in any order. Start and stop when you want, and select what you want to see and hear. 

Audio tours are available at the museum gift shop: $5 for one person or $8 for two people. There is no charge for members.

Book a Speaker

Enjoy learning about art and the Timken’s renowned collection by scheduling a free presentation from our team of trained docents. Presentations for schools or community organizations are tailor-made for each audience and include discussions and PowerPoint visuals.

These presentations inform, delight, and make the public aware of the Putnam collection at the Timken and our exhibition and education programs. Facilitated by our trained docents, the Timken’s speakers coordinate with teachers to ensure that presentations enhance, support, and extend classroom learning.

If you would like to schedule a presentation, email or call 619-239-5548 x109.