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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.

One-hour guided tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are led by museum educators. Guided tours for 10 or more adult and/or youth participants are $7.00 per person. Adult and youth groups of 10 or more participants who are interested in self-guided tours are advised to contact our Visitor Experience Associates 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 a Visitor Experience Associate at (704) 547-3700. Please note: if your group arrives more than 15 minutes late for a scheduled guided tour, we may not be able to accommodate the group and your tour may be self-guided or you may receive an abbreviated 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

One hour guided school tours are offered for groups of 10 or more. These tours provide an opportunity for students to learn more about African-American culture and history from museum professionals or teaching artists who are trained to help students use observation and critical thinking skills to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and historical context of the artwork and artifacts on display. 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 divided 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.

Enhanced guided tours are available to K-12 groups for $5 per student for groups of 25 students or more. Learn more about our custom tour experiences here.

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.


There are three preferred parking locations for visitors to the Gantt:

  • The Levine Center for the Arts Parking Garage - Parking for Levine Center for the Arts is located across the street from the Gantt. The entrance to the garage is at 101 W. Stonewall Street. Visitor parking is offered on levels P1 and P2.
  • The Green Parking Garage - There are two entrances for the parking garage, 454 S. College Street or 435 S. Tryon Street. You will receive a green parking ticket.
  • Two Wells Fargo Center Parking Garage - Located at 301 S. Tryon Street, you will receive a blue parking ticket when entering this garage.

When you arrive at the Gantt, please ask our Visitor Experience team for a discounted parking pass. When exiting any of the three preferred parking garages, the maximum charge with the Gantt pass will be $5.00 on weekdays and weekends.

There are also other surface lots and parking garages within short walking distances of The Gantt. Please adhere to their prices, terms and conditions.

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.

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