Bring Your Class to LACMA
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Bring Your Class to LACMA
Increase students’ powers of perception and stimulate interest in the visual arts and our multicultural heritage. School tours are led by LACMA's trained art docents, who engage students in active looking and discussion focusing on a select number of works in the collection. Tours are aligned with state content standards for history/social science and language arts and the new core curriculum.
Tours begin September 24th for the 2012-13 school year. Reserve a tour below. College groups, summer camps and scout groups may arrange self-led visits during public hours. See below for more information.
ElementaryThese tours are offered at 10 and 11:15 am and last 60 minutes. Each tour can accept a maximum of 120 students each hour.
Art Tells a Tale
Tuesdays 10 & 11:15 am | 60 minutes | Grades 1–5 | 120 students
Students discover how art can tell stories about different people, times, and places, and learn how the basic elements of art create a visual language. Art Tells a Tale encourages observation skills while enhancing vocabulary and oral-presentation skills. This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 2 and 3 and language arts for grades 2 through 5.
People & Places in Art
Thursdays 10 & 11:15 am | 60 minutes | Grades 1–5 | 120 students
Explore how artists use line, color, shape, light, and shadow to depict the commonality and uniqueness of people around the world. Students sharpen their observation and critical-thinking skills as they discover what art tells us about people and places from ancient times through present day. This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 2 and 3.
Welcome to Your Museum
Fridays 10 & 11:15 am | 60 minutes | Grades 1–5 | 120 students
Students develop their visual skills as they learn to look at art, discovering colors, textures, patterns, and shapes. Subjects such as children in art, home and family, and animals, show students how art relates to their own world. This tour is aligned with content standards for history/social science for grades 2 and 3.
Please select an image to your right for specific tour requirements and restrictions.
Art of the Americas
Mondays at 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 4–12 | 120 students
This tour surveys the development of the Americas from ancient times to the present. Students compare and contrast art from different historical periods of the Americas, including North, Central, and South America, 19th century California, and modern and contemporary times.
This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 4, 5, 8, and 11.
Drawing Is Seeing
Tuesdays 10:30 am | Grades 4-12 | Limited to 80 students
Through drawing exercises, students examine artworks in LACMA’s permanent collection from an artist’s point of view, considering such elements as negative space, gesture and movement, geometric shapes, and inverted composition. Drawing ability is not necessary. Drawing pads, pencils, and stools are provided. This tour is aligned with state content standards for visual arts for all grades.
Please select an image to your right for specific tour requirements and restrictions.
Heroes & Legends, Gods & Myths
Tuesdays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 5–12 | 120 students
All societies have myths and legends that represent the beliefs, principles, and concerns of that society. This tour uses paintings, sculptures, and other objects from various cultures as the means of exploring such stories. This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 6 and 7.
Art & Creative Writing
Fridays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 5–12 | Limited to 80 students
This tour explores the connection between art, imagination, and the written word. Using such devices as metaphor, sensory description, and imaginary dialogue, students gain a fuller understanding of art, and enhance their creative writing skills. Writing pads, pencils, and stools are provided. This tour is aligned with state content standards for language arts for all grades.
Middle/High SchoolPlease select an image to your right for specific tour requirements and restrictions.
Art of Many Cultures
Thursdays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 6–12 | 120 students
Students discover and compare art from many different cultures (Western and non-Western), identifying the unique qualities that relate a work of art to the time and place of its origin. Students also learn how culture and art influence each other.
This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 6, 7, and 10.
Splendors of Japan
Mondays 10 am | 120 minutes | Grades 6–12 | Limited to 60 students
Students explore paintings, sculpture, netsuke, ceramics, and prints in LACMA’s Pavilion for Japanese Art. The Splendors of Japan tour is accompanied by a workshop in which students create ink paintings.
This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grade 7.
Modern & Contemporary Art
Mondays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 6–12 | 120 students
Docents guide students in discovering common themes and individual approaches used by artists in the 20th and 21st centuries to grapple with the question "What is art?"
This tour is aligned with state content standards for visual arts for all grades and history/social science for grades 10 and 11.
More InformationThese resources will help you plan your classroom field trip.
FAQsLearn more about planning a classroom field trip.
Learn more about free buses, parking, and public hours at the museum, as well as lunch facilities and logistics for meeting up and what to expect during your tour. Please be advised that the museum requires one chaperone for every ten students, and classes may not bring more than one chaperone for every five students. LACMA docents will provide all necessary supplies. Lunches and other belongings should be left on the bus. Find out more.
Blackout DatesLearn more about observed holidays and extended breaks.
Tours are not available on Wednesdays, when the museum is closed, and during the following holidays:
- Veteran's Day (Nov 12, 2012)
- Thanksgiving break (Nov 19-23, 2012)
- Winter Break (Dec 7-Jan 4, 2013)
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan 21, 2013)
- Presidents' Day (Feb 18, 2012)
- Spring Break (Mar 25-Apr 5, 2013
Free Bus InfoLearn more about free buses to LACMA
There are a number of ways to find transportation to the museum. LACMA offers one free passenger bus to Title 1 LAUSD schools with a group size of 40-60 students. In addition, the following programs may provide assistance: the Metro Student Field Trip Program is available to LA County schools, grades 1-12; the City of Los Angeles Charter Bus Program provides transportation for senior, youth and disabled groups in the City of Los Angeles, and Target provides Target Field Trip Grants for K-12 schools nationwide. Find more information about these free transportation programs.
Admission is free with proper identification from a qualifying institution or organization. Teacher-led tour times can be scheduled every half-hour starting at 12pm during the weekday and 11am on weekends. The museum is closed on Wednesdays. Each of the collection tickets provides entrance to all galleries with the exception of special exhibitions. Group admission is limited to 60 people every half-hour (includes students and chaperones) for BCAM and special exhibitions. Entry to the collection is limited to 80 people every half-hour. School groups may stay in the museum until closing. If you are an Alumnus, Emeritus or Extended Learning group, please contact group sales for ticket prices and additional information.
College students working towards a degree will receive complementary admission, excluding specially-ticketed exhibitions, when accompanied by their instructor. Tickets can be reserved by using the link below or calling the box office. Instructors must be prepared to show ID from their college or university and to sign a letter of compliance at the box office. A copy of the museum rules and regulations can be found here. Lectures are not permitted in Special Exhibitions. Reserve Your Tickets General Information (PDF | 130kb) Join Contact
Scout and After School Groups
Camp and Scout leaders will receive complementary admission for children and adult chaperones, excluding specially-ticketed exhibitions. Students should be divided into groups of 10 with at least 1 adult. Chaperones must remain with their group at all times. Group leaders should be prepared to sign a letter of compliance at the box office. A copy of the museum rules and regulations can be found here. Please note that scout and afterschool groups are not eligible for docent-guided tours. Reserve Your Tickets LACMA Highlights Self-Guide (PDF | 1.4kb) Additional Curriculum Materials General Information (PDF | 139kb) Contact
Teachers of grades K-12 receive complementary admission for children and adult chaperones, excluding specially-ticketed exhibitions. Students should be divided into groups of 10 with at least 1 adult. Chaperones must remain with their group at all times. Group leader should be prepared show ID from their school and sign a letter of compliance at the box office. A copy of the museum rules and regulations can be found here. To prepare for your visit, consider attending one of our Evenings for Educators. Reserve Your Tickets LACMA Highlights Self-Guide (PDF | 1.4kb) Additional Curriculum Materials (PDF | 143kb) General Information Contact
Special Request Tours
Special tours are available to college groups and students in grades 1-12 wishing to focus on a special area of study. Tours of galleries and exhibitions, excluding specially-ticketed exhibitions, may be arranged with three weeks advance notice. Special tours are offered during public hours only (12 pm–4:30 pm during the weekday and 11 am–4:30 pm during the weekend) and most tours can be led in French or Spanish, in addition to English. To make your reservation, please complete the Special Request Tour Form.
RequestRequests can be sent via email or mail. No phone reservations will be accepted.
College/UniversityCollege groups must be working towards a degree and have a minimum of 20 participants. Emeritus and Extended Learning groups should use the Group Sales link.
1st–12th GradeScouts and after-school programs are not eligible. Please see information on arranging a teacher-guided visit.
Group ServicesIncludes alumnus, emeritus and extended learning groups.
PreparePrepare for your visit with LACMA educational offerings.
Evenings for EducatorsEvenings for Educators is a professional development program for K-12 teachers.
Online CurriculumCurriculum materials based on works of art in LACMA's permanent collection were developed in alignment with California State Content Standards.
Field Trip Resource Guides Resource guides may be used in conjunction with the 1st-12th grade field trip program.