School Field Trip Programs

Bring your class to Tacoma Art Museum for a field trip!

TAM field trips are designed for students in PreK-12th grade, and are aligned to state and national standards.

Our Philosophy

  • We believe all students are artists, with the power to make meaning by viewing & creating works of art.
  • Artists express the realities & possibilities of communities, society, & the world.
  • We foster students’ empathy and inspire them to envision a more equitable world.

What We Teach

  • Field trip programs typically last two hours: one hour of discussion and activities in the galleries and one hour of hands-on art-making.
  • Each field trip is guided by an essential question and 2-3 learning targets related to a specific theme.
  • Field trips support Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, state Visual Art Standards, state Social Studies Standards, and Since Time Immemorial curriculum.

How We Teach

  • Trained Gallery Educators and Teaching Artists facilitate field trip programs.
  • Discussions and activities with original works of art are adapted from Harvard’s Project Zero and are designed to build critical thinking skills and cultivate visual literacy.
  • Art-making is driven by the Studio Thinking framework, which emphasizes student voice and agency during the creative process, and the cultivation of Studio Habits of Mind.

Additional Information

  • Cost: $7 per student, scholarship rate of $5 per student available for eligible schools
  • A scholarship rate is available to schools with at least 50% of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program and must be requested at the time of registration. This rate is $5 per student for guided tours with a minimum of 10 paid students.
  • Transportation reimbursement is available on a first-come first-served basis
  • Required chaperone ratio: 1 chaperone per 10 students; TAM can provide volunteer chaperones at the museum, upon request
  • Free lunch space is available

More Information

Additional information is available regarding transportation.

Request a School Field Trip Online

Questions? Please email us at or call 253-272-4258 x3026