School Tour Guidelines for Museum Visits

Guidelines for All Museum Visits

The Monterey Muschool 5seum of Art is pleased to offer FREE visits to all public schools. Discover the Museum through programs created with your curriculum and students’ developmental needs in mind. Museum staff engage students in active discussions about the works they see using strategies to develop students’ visual thinking.

What will we see?
In everyday life we develop the habit of looking quickly, gaining the most basic information and then moving on. But it takes time to see a work of art and an extended engagement with an object can be both rewarding and fun. At the Monterey Museum of Art, gallery programs focus on a limited number of carefully selected objects rather than visiting every exhibition in the Museum. After the gallery visit program we encourage teachers and chaperones to spend extra time with students in the galleries visiting art works and other exhibitions not covered in the lesson.

Scheduling Information

When can we visit?

  • School visit programs are available Monday-Friday, from 10am – 4pm.
  • Photography 101 and California Paintings School Visit Programs are scheduled at 10:00 am.
  • Weekend visits may be arranged.

How many students can I bring?
Up to 35 students per group.

How long are the gallery visits?
Up to one hour for Self Guided, or two hours for Photography 101 and California Paintings.

What about chaperones?

  • The Museum requires one adult chaperone (non-student over age 18) per ten students.
  • Chaperones must remain with the group during the entire program and accept responsibility for monitoring the group’s behavior.

How much does it cost?
Tours are free for all Monterey County public schools. There is a charge for private schools, please contact us for information.

How can I sign up?
Please fill out the form corresponding to the program you wish to schedule.

Plan early for best availability as MMA programs fill very quickly. Please note that gallery visits should be reserved at least six weeks prior to the desired date. We make every effort to accommodate your first preference, but we cannot guarantee availability.

Bus Funding

Bus funding is available for select schools thanks to generous grants from Wells Fargo and the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation. Please contact us at education@montereyart.org to inquire about your group’s eligibility.

If you must cancel, please email us as soon as possible at education@montereyart.org. Prompt notification may enable another group to schedule a program.

What do I need to know before the Museum visit?

  • Previewing the Museum is recommended to help you prepare for your visit. MMA Pacific Street is open Thursday-Tuesday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed Wednesday), or until 7:00 pm on the first Friday of the month. Bring a copy of your Visit Confirmation for free admission for one visitor.
  • One chaperone (non-student over age 18) per ten students is required.
  • Review guidelines for Mastering the Museum with your students. See below.

Master the Museum!

Please review these guidelines with your students and chaperones prior to your visit.

  • Experience art with your eyes and minds, not your hands.
  • Please avoid pointing at artwork; accidents happen.
  • Be curious! Ask lots of questions.
  • Chaperones must remain with students at all times.
  • Use only pencils for writing or sketching. Use clipboards for support, not pedestals or walls.
  • Students can enter the Museum Store five at one time, on a rotating basis, and must be with a chaperone.
  • Please note the Museum has no indoor lunch facilities, however the sculpture garden outside the Museum and the park across the street from the Museum in front of Colton Hall is an excellent space for lunch.

Print these guidelines.

What do we do when we arrive at the Museum?

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled start of program (allow time for traffic and parking).
  • Buses may drop students off in front of the Museum at 559 Pacific Street.
  • The Museum requires one adult chaperone (non-student over age 18) to accompany every 10 students.
  • Chaperones must remain with the group during the entire visit and accept responsibility for encouraging the group to explore the Museum, and for monitoring the group’s behavior.
  • If possible, please leave backpacks, lunches, and water bottles on the bus. Otherwise these can be checked at the admissions area. MMA is not responsible for items damaged, lost or stolen.

After Your Visit
Students have more meaningful field trips when they discuss their experiences before and after the visit. Our 20 minute post-visit reflection activity, “I Went to the Monterey Museum of Art and…” helps you continue the conversation that we started in the galleries.