School groups may select from a variety of tours of temporary, and permanent art exhibitions, botanical gardens, and the historic Cheek family home. Cheekwood offers FREE admission to students and teachers that schedule a school tour. To qualify for free admission, schools must be located in Tennessee, Southern Kentucky and Northern Alabama. Chaperones joining the tour will be charged a group rate of $12 per person.
Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00. Advanced reservations are required. Please see our tour reservation form for our complete reservation policies.
Cheekwood offers two group tour styles for groups to choose from: Guided or Self-Guided. Please view a complete list of tours here.
Guided Group Tours
Guided visits allow students to form meaningful connections across academic disciplines through close observation and interactive garden and gallery experiences. Led by trained volunteers, these tours encourage creative and critical thinking while addressing various learning styles. The tours are presented appropriately for each group’s grade level and subject area, and are aligned with the Tennessee Curriculum Standards.
Cheekwood requires a minimum number of 20 students for guided tours. Large groups will be divided to better provide the best tour experience possible.
All guided group tours should be scheduled at least four weeks in advance using the online tour reservation form available here.
Self-Guided Group Tours
Self-Guided visits allow you to design your students’ experiences at Cheekwood. Art, science, history, math, and language arts can be explored throughout the gardens and galleries. Materials are available to help you align your visit with Tennessee Curriculum Standards.
All self-guided group tours should be reserved at least two weeks in advance of the visit using the online tour reservation form available here.
Planning Your Visit
Cheekwood offers a variety of resources and teacher guides to help make the most of your guided or self-guided visit. Please visit our page (here) for a full list of these materials.
Cheekwood is grateful to the teachers, parents and other adults who take the time to join their children and students in their experience. We value your time and we believe you can play a key role in making your child’s visit more enjoyable and educational. The information below will help prepare you for your visit to Cheekwood.
Schools are charged a group rate of $12 per person for each chaperone. Final count and payment for chaperones should be made one week in advance of the scheduled tour. Additional chaperones will be charged standard admission rates upon arrival.
Groups wishing to eat at Cheekwood may bring their own lunches and picnic on the grounds. Cheekwood offers several outdoor picnicking areas with a limited number of picnic tables for students bringing lunches for their visit. In the event of rain, limited indoor seating areas are subject to availability.
For groups wishing to picnic in the gardens, pre-ordered boxed-lunches are also available for groups through the Pineapple Room Restaurant. Because our box-lunch menu is updated seasonally, call 615-352-4859 for the latest box-lunch menu.
Payment in full is required one week prior to your tour date. Cheekwood accepts checks made payable to Cheekwood, cash, and all major credit cards. A 25% non-refundable deposit of your tour’s total balance is necessary to hold a tour reservation and must be provided upon booking. No refunds are given if cancellation occurs less than one week prior to your scheduled tour date.
Shortly after you schedule your visit, you will receive an email including a tour confirmation form, Cheekwood map, museum and garden etiquette, and parking information. Please review this information carefully and notify Cheekwood immediately if you need to make any changes or cancellations.
Any additional group members added after payment has been submitted will be charged standard admission rates upon arrival.
Cheekwood cannot guarantee a guided tour for groups that arrive more than 30 minutes after their scheduled tour time. However, if you are delayed, we will try to accommodate your group with a self-guided tour.
We ask that all guided tours arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time for parking and check-in.
For additional questions and information:
Meghan Lamb I Tour Program Manager
615-353-6971 | firstname.lastname@example.org