School Tours
Free admission.
Free Transportaion.

Now that's a good deal! Bring your classroom curriculum to life with a field trip to the Phelps Youth Pavilion at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Our school tours offer learning experiences that celebrate cultural diversity and explore the connections between individuals, communities, cultures and ideas.

Funding for school tours and transportation is made possible thanks to generous support provided by R.J. McElroy Trust and Cedar Valley’s Promise.

Tour Sponsors

Survey Tour
A docent will guide your students’ adventure through the Phelps Youth Pavilion’s Junior Art Galleries I & II, and your choice of a third gallery or an art experience. (Art activity is an additional $1/student).

Junior Art Gallery I -
Students will learn about Iowa's most famous artist Grant Wood in Grant's Farm, discover local artists and create their own art in the Artist's Studio, explore different time periods with a Blast From the Past, and learn about life in Haiti in the Caribbean Kinder Island.

Junior Art Gallery II -
Students will learn about architecture and design in the Construction Zone, experience life in five different countries in the Creativity Across Cultures exhibit, and explore the performing arts on the FunStage and Puppet Playhouse.

Junior Art Gallery III -
Read more about our new hands-on exhibit, "Light Play!", in the featured exhibit section.

Custom Tour
Our staff will be happy to work with you to plan a unique tour experience which ties into your special interests and curricular requirements.

Educational Connections
We have been mindful of your curricular goals and the ‘essential concepts’ outlined in the Iowa Core Curriculum as we designed our tour programs. All exhibits in the Pavilion relate to the following concepts:

Standards & Benchmarks:
Social Studies, Math, Science, Art, Language Arts, and Thinking Strategies.

Six Pillars of Character:
Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 319-291-4490 or