Group Visits and Guided Tours

Whether you prefer a self-guided group exploration or a FREE guided tour of our museum, complete the group visit request form below. Or jump to self-guided audio tours on our mobile app, or book a speaker.

Guided Adult/College/Personal Group Tours - Free

Join us on a guided group tour led by one of our friendly and experienced docents. Guided tours are 45-60 minutes in length and can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of your group. ➔ Request a day/time to visit.

Guided School Group Tours (Grades TK-12) - Free

Timken school tours are inquiry-based conversational experiences engaging students in careful observation, discussion, and interpretation of objects from a variety of time periods. Students will engage in critical thinking by articulating their ideas about what they see and share those insights with classmates. School group tours can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of your group. ➔ Request a day/time to visit.

Self-Guided Group Visits - Free

Lead your own group in an exploration of the Museum's permanent collection and seasonally rotating special exhibitions. To ensure the best experience for our visitors, we require all large groups to schedule their visit in advance. ➔ Request a day/time to visit.

Audio Tours

Download the Timken mobile app for free on all devices Apple, Android, and also available as a web app. We also have free wifi at the museum. Access the app today at Our app highlights the art, artists, and history of the Timken's art collection. Enhance your visit with a curated tour of the galleries or customize your experience by selecting what you want to see and hear.

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, and or call 619-239-5548 x109.