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Registration is required at least three weeks in advance for all school tours. Make your reservations early for the greatest availability of dates and times.
Your school tour is confirmed only when you have received an email confirmation from the education department. Your confirmation letter, invoice, directions, and parking instructions will be emailed to you within seven days 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.
The cost per student is $5 for guided tours, $4 for Overview, and $3 for self-guided, all with a minimum charge of $60 per group. You will receive an invoice with your confirmation letter; 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.
Please be aware that cancellations made less than two weeks in advance of your tour will result in a charge of fifty percent of the original invoice. In the case of no-shows, due to preparation and staff time we must bill the full cost of the tour.
A scholarship rate per student of $3 for guided, $3 for Overview, or $2 for self-guided tours, with a minimum charge of $60 per group, is available to schoolwide Title One schools if requested at the time of registration. To apply, please check the appropriate box on the registration form; we will notify you if your scholarship application is accepted.
Guided and self-guided school tours can accommodate a maximum of 60 students per visit. Guided tour groups larger than 30 students will be divided into two groups 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.
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 the school tour rate of $5 per person.
Guided school tours are typically two hours in length, but may be shortened to meet the needs and age of your students. For grades Pre-K through 1, a 90-minute guided tour is strongly recommended.
Guided tours may be scheduled from September through June, 10 am through 4 pm, Wednesday through Friday. Self-guided tours may be scheduled year round from 10 am through 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
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 your students have a positive museum visit.
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.
If you are arriving by bus, school groups may be dropped off and picked up on Pacific Avenue in between Union Station and Tacoma Art Museum, entering the museum through the main entrance. Click here to download a map and directions for the drop-off point as well as nearby areas where your bus driver may park and wait for your group. Chaperones and/or groups of students arriving separately in cars will need to pay in the museum parking lot and walk upstairs or take the elevator up to the museum entrance. Additional parking information and directions will be included in your confirmation
Did you know that Pierce Transit makes it easy and affordable to visit Tacoma Art Museum? Up to thirty people can ride together on one regularly scheduled bus (if space is available) for $48 round trip! The Class Pass must be purchased in advance. Contact Pierce Transit at 253.581.8000 or visit http://www.piercetransit.org for more information.
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Questions? E-mail Education@TacomaArtMuseum.org or call 253.722.2455.
Support for School Tours and Teacher Programs is generously provided by The Tacoma Art Museum Gala proceeds, the William W. Kilworth Foundation, the Dimmer Family Foundation, and US Bank.