Bring Your Class to LACMA
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Bring Your Class to LACMA
Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation Docent School Program
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.
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College groups, summer camps and scout groups may arrange self-led visits during public hours. See below for more information.
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Seeing Matters: Critical Thinking Through Art
Tuesdays, Thursdays,and Fridays 10 & 11:15 am | 60 minutes | Grades 1–5
In this introductory tour, students hone their perception and explore how visual elements work together to create meaning. Through careful observation, conversation, and critical thinking, students learn to read visual language, examining the decisions and visual strategies involved in creating works of art. Students learn not just to look, but to really see.
Art of the Americas
Mondays at 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 4–12 | 100 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.
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.
Heroes & Legends, Gods & Myths
Tuesdays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 5–12 | 100 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.
The Artist as a Social Conscience
Tuesdays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 6–12 | 120 students
All art was once contemporary and, as such, reflects the social and cultural context of its time. This tour explores how artists throughout history have used their artwork to give voice to and provoke dialogue about critical issues such as racism, class, and gender. This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 8 through 12 and visual arts standards for all grades.
Art of Many Cultures
Mondays and 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.
Tour with High School Interns
Tour with High School Interns
Mondays and Tuesdays 10 am | 75 minutes | Grades 7–12 | 60 students
The High School Internship program offers a small group of students from local public schools an introduction to the museum, its exhibitions and staff. Participants gain knowledge about exhibition and gallery teaching techniques and work on public-speaking skills. At the conclusion of their training, interns lead exhibition tours for younger students and their peers.
Art and Creative Writing
Fridays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 5–12 | 90 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.
Frame x Frame
In this program, teaching artists lead seventh grade students on a tour of the museum galleries. Students analyze how artists have transformed ordinary objects in unexpected ways. Following the tour, students visit the studio, where they re-imagine everyday items by combining the traditional art of drawing with creative technology.
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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 complimentary 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 complimentary 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 complimentary 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
With advance notice and depending on availability, special tours of galleries and exhibitions may be arranged. 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). Please call 323.857-6109 or email email@example.com for more information.
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.
Prepare 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.
Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation Docent School Program at LACMA is made possible by the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation.