PreK-12 School Tour Information
We ask that school tours be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Make your reservations early for the greatest availability of dates and times. For school transportation information, click here.
Guided school tours include one hour of guided discussion in the galleries with a one hour hands-on art activity, but may be shortened to meet the needs and age of your students. For grades Pre-K through 1, a 90-minute experience is strongly recommended. Guided tours may be scheduled from September through June, 10 am through 3 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Self-guided tours may be scheduled year round from 10 am through 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
Fees and Payment
The cost per student is $7 for guided tours and $5 for self-guided. There is a minimum of 10 participants. Payment is required on or before the day of your tour. Tacoma Art Museum accepts cash, checks, credit cards, or school purchase orders. A $10 processing fee for purchase-order payments will be charged for each tour.
A scholarship rate is available to school-wide Title One schools and must be requested at the time of registration. This rate is $5 per student for guided tours and $3.50 per student for self-guided tours. To apply, please check the appropriate box on the registration form; we will notify you if your scholarship request is accepted.
Bus funding is also available.
Your school tour is confirmed only when you have received an email confirmation from the education department. Your confirmation letter, invoice (if requested), directions, and parking instructions will be emailed to you within two weeks of receiving your request. We will notify you as soon as possible if we are unable to accommodate your group on the date(s) you requested, and work with you to schedule your visit for an alternate date.
Please be aware that cancellations made less than 10 business days in advance of your tour will result in a charge of fifty percent of the total amount due. In the case of no-shows, due to preparation and staff time we must bill the full cost of the tour.
Guided PreK-12 school tours can accommodate a maximum of 80 students per visit. All groups will be divided into subgroups of 15 or smaller for the duration of your visit. We kindly request that self-guided groups self-divide, and visit each gallery in groups no larger than 30.
If any of your students require special accommodations, please tell us when scheduling your school tour. Our staff will work with you to ensure that all of your students have a positive museum visit.
- Grades Pre-K through 1: One chaperone is required for every four students.
- Grades 2 through 6: One chaperone is required for every six students.
- Grades 7 through 12: One chaperone is required for every ten students.
This policy applies to both guided and self-guided school tours. Free museum admission is provided for the required number of chaperones (including teachers). Additional chaperones will be charged $5 per person.
School groups may eat lunch outside on the museum plaza or across the street at Tollefson Plaza at no additional cost. If available, a room inside Tacoma Art Museum may be reserved for your students to eat lunch for an additional $50 fee. Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to reserve this space.