Students & Teachers

Guided Visits for School Groups

Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation Docent School Program

Increase students’ powers of perception and stimulate interest in the visual arts and our multicultural heritage with LACMA's Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation Docent School Program. 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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The LACMA Docent Council Free Bus Program is supported by the Michael & Irene Ross Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.


Self-Guided Visits

Bring K-12 students, college classes or scout groups to LACMA for a self-guided tour. 

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  • Teacher-led tour times can be scheduled every half-hour starting at 12pm during weekdays and 11am on weekends. The museum is closed on Wednesdays. 
  • Group admission is limited to 80 people every half-hour (includes students and chaperones), and 60 people every half-hour for BCAM and special exhibitions. School groups may stay in the museum until closing.
  • General admission is free with proper identification from a qualifying institution or organization. General admission tickets provide entrance to all galleries with the exception of special exhibitions. 
  • Alumnus, Emeritus or Extended Learning groups, please contact group sales for ticket prices and additional information.

K-12, Camps, Scouts and After School Groups

K–12, camp, scout, and after school leaders receive complimentary admission for children and adult chaperones, excluding specially-ticketed exhibitions. Students should be divided into groups of ten with at least one 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. Please note that scout and afterschool groups are not eligible for docent-guided tours.

LACMA Highlights Self-Guide (PDF 1.4kb)

College Groups 

College students working towards a degree will receive complimentary admission, excluding specially-ticketed exhibitions, when accompanied by their instructor. Instructors must be prepared to show ID from their college or university and to sign a letter of compliance at the box office. Lectures are not permitted in the galleries. 

Special Request Tours

Special request tours are available from June through September and on a case-by-case basis from October to May. Tours must be arranged at least three weeks in advance and depend on availability of LACMA’s trained art docents. Special tours are offered during public hours only.

Please call 323.857-6109 or email for more information.

After School at the Museum

In this program, LACMA collaborates with local schools to introduce students to the museum and its collections. Students come to the museum one afternoon per week for eight weeks, as musem instructors facilitate observing art, lead gallery activities, and guide art workshops. Sessions are designed sequentially to build on acquired concepts and skills. Transportation to and from the museum is provided. This program is limited to LAUSD schools that are in proximity to the museum or have an early-release time one day per week.


Support for After School at the Museum is provided by The Lucille Ellis Simon Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, The Louis L. Borick Foundation, Southern California Edison, and the Dorothy Collins Brown Charitable Foundation. 

Mobile Classrooms

Maya Mobile

The Maya Mobile, a 48-foot truck designed as an archeological site, travels to schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching students about trade and cultural development of the Maya, Aztec and Inka as well as China, the Ottoman Empire and Renaissance Italy. It is designed to integrate with the seventh-grade curriculum and the state standards for history/social science. The program works with seventh-grade students for approximately three weeks at each school and includes free bus transportation for tours of LACMA's collections of Maya, medieval and Renaissance art.

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This program is supported by a grant from the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.

Ancient World Mobile

Ancient World Mobile, LACMA's traveling studio and classroom, is dedicated to teaching sixth-grade students in Los Angeles County public schools about art of the ancient world. Students explore the idea of living a virtuous life by studying symbols from the art of Egypt, Southeast Asia, and Rome. Art workshops are held on the Ancient World Mobile where students sketch symbols on tiles that are later fired at LACMA. Buses are provided for students and their teachers to visit LACMA to see and discuss related artworks in the galleries.

Request a visit from the Ancient World Mobile

This program is supported by a grant from the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.