All you need to know about Tours
Requesting A Tour
Please contact the museum at least 10 working days in advance. Be prepared with the following information: preferred date, day and time of the tour, number of guest in the group, arrival time, your phone number(s), e-mail address, and campus zip code. Have alternative dates and times in mind, in case the desired time slot is not available. Tours last approximately 45 minutes unless you request otherwise.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU has funding available for school tours through (Buy a Bus Load of Kids) program. To participate in the Buy-A-Bus-Load of Kids program please fill out, print and fax the School Tour Form Here. For more information contact Anna Maria Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group Size and Chaperones
Groups of 4-30 students can be accommodated at one time. Preschool/Kindergarten groups must have one adult for every 2 children; 1st and 2nd grade groups, one adult for every 6 children; 3rd – 8th grade groups, one adult for every 10 children; and 9th – 12th grade groups, 1 adult for every 15 students.
Preparing to Visit the Museum
Please let your class know about museum “etiquette,”
- NO touching, running, food or drink allowed in the museum. Due to the special nature of the art exhibitions, the objects need to be protected for future generations.
- Chaperone’s responsibility is to stay with and oversee the group of children assigned to them. Docents cannot take care of discipline while giving a tour. Unless otherwise directed, teachers and chaperones are asked to help keep each group of students together.
- There are certain other security measures: large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, coats, etc., are left at the door. We ask that all cell phones be turned off while in the gallery so as to not disturb others.
- Please bring only pencils (pens are not allowed) for note-taking, extras may be borrowed from the security guard desk. No one may rest on walls or use pedestals to write on – clipboards are available for your students to use if you request them when you schedule the tour.
- Encourage students to dress comfortably. The museum interior is cool and students may be asked to sit on the floor during their tour. They will be asked to leave their coats at the museum entrance.
Arriving at the Museum
Your class will be met by your docent in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center. This is the opportunity to use the restrooms and water fountain which are located on the 5th floor.
If your group arrives early, please wait in the lobby. If you arrive late, the tour may need to be shortened accordingly.
Bringing your Class Without a Docet
We welcome such visits, but ask you to call the museum office in advance to avoid conflict with other groups of visitors. And please make a point to inform your class of the “Etiquette” mentioned above.
**The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is not required to censor. Please preview all exhibitions before bringing your class.
Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
ALSO CLOSED during WSU breaks & official Holidays.
THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED November 19-24 for THANKSGIVING break.
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Parking is available for a fee in the Smith Center For Undergraduate Education. For parking rates and information please click here.