Adult Learning

Slow Viewing Nights

Spend one hour with one work of art once a month at Slow Viewing Night. The Museum believes art is for everyone and interpretation is a practice anyone can do. Slow Viewing Nights are a practice of collaborative interpretation. Each month we will gather in front of an art piece for an hour and build a collective understanding of the work through sharing our observations, questions, and suggestions. Meet in the Museum lobby at 5:50pm the first or second Thursday of each month.  Contact Shauna Smith at for more information.

Input + Output 

Join Museum Assistant Rick Briggenhorst for Input + Output, a new local art critique group, happening on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 3-5pm. View and respond to works presented by local artists and be a part of the growth of discourse around art  in our community. Free and open to the public. Interested in submitting your work for Input + Output? Contact

Docent Tours

The Springfield Art Museum offers guided tours free of charge. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the hundredth, a docent-led tour is a great way to explore the Museum! Tours are available for groups of all kinds and for all ages. They generally last 45 minutes to an hour and can be customized to fit the needs and interests of your group. To ensure docent availability, please schedule your tour at least a month in advance. Contact the Museum Educator at (417) 874-2861 or email the museum educator with questions or to schedule a tour.

Interested in becoming a docent? Learn more by visiting our Become a Docent Page.

Lectures and Gallery Talks

The Springfield Art Museum offers opportunities to learn from visiting artist, curators, and scholars through lectures and gallery talks. These are produced in a variety of formats from lectures to panel discussions and typically coincide with exhibitions. To find out more, see our calendar by clicking here or join our mailing list by clicking here.

Interpretation Workshops

Are you looking for new ways to experience and make meaning from art? Join us the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:30 pm for guided explorations of art on view. Past workshops have utilized sound, creative writing, and theater techniques to spark discussion. Each workshop is unique, and most are led by guest facilitators. Contact the Museum Educator at (417) 837-5700 or email the museum educator for more information.