Visitors are encouraged to make use of the museum’s resources at any time. We offer several Self-Guided tour
brochures, which are available in the lobby or can be mailed or downloaded in advance. We also have several activity
guides for children of all ages. The most popular of these is the "Scavenger Hunt", available both online and in
the Fairy Tale Gallery.
For those who wish to see the Norton at their own pace, we offer Self Guided tours. These brochures may be picked up in the lobby or downloaded below.
American Art History
Traces the evolution of painting styles in America from Birch to Bierstadt and beyond
An appreciation of the decorative arts including our collections of Steuben glass, colonial silver, Cybis porcelain, and Wedgwood
Hudson River School
A complete walk through the first significant American art movement from Cole and Durand to Bierstadt and Sonntag
A journey through early American History which includes our Civil War Gallery and the conquest of the West
A look at significant European works including our tapestries, paintings by Dutch masters, Les Animaliers sculpture, and works by Rodin
Answering the question, "How did they do that?", this tour explores several works of art and their techniques and terminology
Takes a look at great American sculptors, including Borglum, Farnham, Russell, Remington, Saint-Gaudens, and others
French Art History
Explores Barye to Barbizons, Romantics to Rodin, complete with French art terminology
Perils of Pigment
Uncovering the artistry and history of color and divulging the dangers of painting
Covering Russell and Remington, but also the works of other significant
"cowboy" artists like Stanley, Shreyvogel, and A.D.M. Cooper
Explores French sculpture from neo-classical to the Romantic to the Modern using the works of Barye, Dalou, Rodin and others in the permanent collection
An in-depth look at two of America's premier western artists in galleries dedicated to their work
Sometimes students learn best while they play, which is why the Norton offers these activity brochures. The brochures
and their answer keys may be picked up in the Fairy Tale Gallery or by downloading them at www.rwnaf.org/kids
The scavenger hunt has proven to be our most popular and will be updated soon.
Artists must be good observers of the world to paint and sculpt. Develop your detective skills and
see and observe as much as you can with “The Eye of the Artist.”
An introduction to the Norton, it offers fun facts, a chance to compare
paintings, as well as a tapestry to color and a favorite animal to draw to unleash the inner artist.
Put on your hiking shoes and thinking caps, boys and girls; it’s time for a
Scavenger Hunt at the Norton! Are you eagle-eyed enough to ﬁnd all the elephants in the tapestry? Can you stretch
your brain to ﬁgure out which painting is the oldest? Come and play (and take good notes!)
A picture is worth 1,000 words, and we’ve got a bunch of ‘em in here! Crossword puzzles, word
searches, and anagrams abounding with artsy vocabulary will entertain you and have you impressing your friends
with your newfound language skills in no time.
It’s time to meet a few of the artists on display in the Gallery. Learn about A.A. Weinman, sculptor,
Albert Bierstadt, painter, and John James Audubon, painter and naturalist, through word games and puzzles.
Explore the works and extraordinary names of our European artists! Discover who painted what and where an exotic
name might be hidden in the word search. Don’t forget to submit your favorite quote for the “What is the Thinker Thinking?” game.
Working in teams, ﬁnd a plant, animal, or sculpture in the Nortonʼs garden for each letter of the alphabet. The ﬁrst team to ﬁnish their list (or with the most complete list) will win a small prize.
If you have questions, please email
or call 318-865-4201 ext. 128.
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