Schools & Teachers

The Museum welcomes school groups and encourages their exploration of the galleries and gardens. Staff-guided tours are available for grades 5 to 12. Teacher-guided visits for grades K-12 and college students can be scheduled after 12:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday, except Tuesday, when the Museum is closed. 

Staff-Guided Tours for Grades 5-12

Staff-guided tours, led by Museum Educators, promote careful observation and critical thinking through inquiry-based teaching strategies. Tours are offered at 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. when the Museum is closed to the public, allowing for a more intimate learning environment.

Choose from among the following themes:

  • Highlights of the Collection, featuring paintings and sculptures from throughout the Museum's European and Asian collections.
  • European Highlights, featuring artworks from the Museum's European collection.
  • India and Southeast Asia, featuring art from the Museum's Indian and Southeast Asian art collections.
  • Art of France, featuring the Museum's collection of French art.
  • The Modern World, featuring art from the mid-19th through the 20th century.
  • Elements of Art, focusing on visual components and artistic techniques in pieces from throughout the Museum.
  • Sculpture, featuring sculpture from the Museum's European and Asian collections.

Please note that tours can be tailored to classroom curriculum. Special requests are taken into consideration in designing tours that complement students' interests and needs.

Length: 75 minutes

Group Size: A minimum of 15 and a maximum of 110 students and chaperones is allowed per tour reservation.

There is no fee for either staff-guided tours or parking.

Reservations are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance.

To request a staff-guided tour, please complete the Staff-Guided Tour Request Form. If you wish to request more than one tour, please fill out a separate form for each tour you are requesting. 

Once you have correctly filled out the form, you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation, then your tour is not scheduled and you need to contact the education department as soon as possible. You can reach us at (626) 844-6980 or [email protected]

Please be sure to read the guidelines included with your confirmation sheet and share them with your students and chaperones. 

Self-Conducted Teacher-Guided Visits for K-12 and College Students

Teachers and chaperones may bring school groups to the Museum during public hours, beginning at 12:30 p.m. We suggest that you allow 1 1/2 hours to explore the galleries and gardens in groups that meet the required student/teacher ratio (see Guidelines for School Visits). Please share the guidelines with your students and chaperones before your visit.

There is no fee for students, teachers and chaperones with reservations made two weeks in advance, but additional adults beyond the required student/teacher ratio are charged admission. Please note that parking is free.

Reservations are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance.

To request a teacher-guided tour, please complete the Teacher-Guided Tour Request Form.

Once you have correctly filled out the form, you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation, then your tour is not scheduled and you need to contact the education department as soon as possible. You can reach us at (626) 844-6980 or [email protected]

Please note that teacher-guided tours will not be permitted in the special exhibition Tête-à-Tête: Three Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay. 

Teacher Resources

The Museum offers curriculum packets designed for elementary, middle- and high-school teachers that explore the content and context of artworks with suggested activities for interdisciplinary curriculum integration. Teachers are encouraged to familiarize students with the collections prior to their visit. You can find additional information about objects in the collections section of the web site.