Guided Tours

Do you have a community organization, school group, sorority, church or club whose members would enjoy a tour of the exhibitions at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture?

Guided and self-guided tours are available to groups of 10 or more people. If your group is less than 10 on the day of your visit you will be charged the regular admission rate per person. For youth groups, the Gantt Center requires one adult chaperone per 10 students. Groups of very young or special needs children must provide a smaller youth to chaperone ratio. Please review our group tour information.

Guided tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance, are led by museum educators who will engage groups to support understanding of the cultural and historical context of the artwork, and last one hour. As of January 1, 2014 the cost of admission for a Guided Tour is $7.00 per person. Adult and youth groups interested in self-guided tours are advised to contact Guest Services a minimum of one day in advance to assure that there is space available. The cost of admission for a self-guided tour is $6.00 per person.

Please schedule your tour by contacting Guest Services at (704) 547-3700. Please note, if your group arrives more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled guided tour, they may have an abbreviated tour or have do a self-guided tour.

School tours are available to elementary, middle, high school and college students during the school year, Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tours of Gantt Center exhibitions are designed to help students and teachers use observation and critical thinking skills to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and historical context of the artwork and artifacts they are viewing. These visits address the following Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3-12.1 - Reading Standards for Informational Text - Key Ideas and Details
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3-12.7 - Reading Standards for Informational Text - Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
  • Contextual Relevancy - K-12.CX.1 Understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts.
  • History - K-12.H.1 Understand that history tells a story of how people and events changed society over time and how various sources provide information about the past.
  • Speaking and Listening - K-12.SL.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • Culture - 2-12.C.2.1 Explain how artistic expressions of diverse cultures contribute to the community

Guided school tours are offered for groups of 10 or more and last one hour. These tours provide an opportunity for students to learn more about African-American culture and history from teaching artists who will support deeper understanding of the cultural and historical context of the artwork and artifacts through a variety of interactive activities. The cost of admission for a guided tour is $7.00 per person and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Groups of more than 30 students & chaperones will be split and will require 2 or more guides.

Self-guided school tours come with a museum overview at $5.00 per person for admission. Teachers are encouraged to visit prior to their scheduled tour in order to plan their self-guided tour.

Making Reservations

The following information is needed when making your reservations for a guided or self-guided tour. Please note all guided tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance:

  • Preferred date and time
  • Estimated number of guests in your group - students, teachers and chaperones
  • Name of group or school
  • Whether you want a guided tour or self-guided tour
  • Grade level of the students, if applicable
  • Any special requirements for your group – wheelchairs, etc.
  • Contact information for the group leader


Payment is due in full upon arrival at the Gantt Center or you can pre-pay with a credit card or request an invoice to pay by check from your organization or school.


Vans and cars may park in the Duke Energy parking lot.  Enter on Stonewall Street, just west of S. Tryon Street. We validate for 1/2 off the total parking fee on weekdays. Please have your ticket stamped at Guest Services.

Bus Parking

The Harvey B. Gantt Center at the Levine Center for the Arts is served by several surface lots that can accommodate buses however, during weekday work hours or convention center events, these lots may be full. Oversize vehicle parking is available at Central Parking located at 615 S. Tryon Street, (877) 717-0004 or from Preferred Parking at 705 W. 4th Street, (704) 375-6014. Please contact the parking companies directly should you have parking questions.


The Gantt Center does not have lunch facilities onsite, however, food service is available at several nearby restaurants and the Levine Center for the Arts and Uptown business district features several outdoor areas and atriums where groups can eat.