Read Field Trip FAQs

Read Field Trip FAQs

Can we eat lunch at the museum before/after our field trip?

The museum does not have a café. Visiting student groups are welcome to eat sack lunches on the museum grounds. There is plenty of grass and shade and a few benches (no tables). In the case of inclement weather, student groups may be allowed to eat in the Volunteer Gallery or the Classroom, provided that the space is not in use. Please check with the Curator of Education to see if this is an option. If planning to eat at the museum, please notify parents that students are not allowed to bring sodas or red drinks within the museum.

Is there a park nearby?

Dean Weigant park is close by (click here for a map).

Why are students asked to take off or zip up jackets?

Students and chaperons in large groups are asked to either zip up or remove their jackets so there is no danger of zippers or buttons scratching artwork when students are moving nearby. Jackets are kept safe with backpacks and other student and teacher belongings in the classroom.

Why can’t I bring in a backpack or large bag?

Due to space constraints, backpacks and bags larger than 9x12 are not allowed in the galleries. Please check these at the front desk or put them with the student belongings. You can borrow a smaller bag from the front desk if you need to carry your phone, wallet, etc.

Can adults make the art activity too?

Chaperons should be ready and willing to help students as needed during the art activity. If adults engage in the activity, we ask that they give an additional $1 to cover the cost of the materials.

What is the maximum number of students I can bring?

We can comfortably manage up to 75 students with advance notice. What is the minimum number of students to make up a group for a tour? We give tours to groups of 10 or more people (students and adults). 10 participating students qualifies for the Start with Art field trip program (tour + art activity).

What is the cost?

To qualify for a group rate, groups must schedule at least 2 weeks in advance (1 month is recommended for optimum scheduling). The group rate is $2 for students and $4 for adults (with or without a tour). Start with Art (tour + art activity) is $3 for students and $4 for adults. The admission fee for chaperons (1 per 10 kids) and personal care attendants is waived. Discounts and scholarships are available. Visit the Field Trip page (student groups of 10 or more) or the Group Visit page for more details.

How many chaperons are required?

We require 1 chaperon per every 10 students or 2 for 25. If you’re bringing 75 students, please bring 6 chaperons. We discourage against bringing additional chaperons. Please remember, our galleries are small and more adults mean larger groups, which can make it more difficult for students to see and be engaged properly.

Can my chaperons bring their children?

We ask that chaperons please not bring additional siblings for school tours. Due to our galleries being small and to activities being tailored specifically for your age group, an excess number of additional children can become a distraction for participating students. For homeschool groups containing a wide age range, siblings may be considered in advance and activities are tailored for them as well.

What will we do at the museum?

Most visiting student groups participate in Start with Art. This program includes a tour in a focus area (Egypt, Medieval, etc.), a corresponding art activity, and more. Visit the Start with Art page to learn more.

Is the museum accessible?

The museum is completely wheel-chair accessible. Accessible restrooms are available that meet standards as of 1991. Two small wheelchairs and a walker are available for reservation. Special tours can be arranged for the visually impaired. Please contact the education department for more information or to inquire about other accommodations.

Does the museum have a gift shop?

The MGMoA has a small gift shop containing toys, collectibles, decorative objects, art materials, jewelry, and fine art created by local artists. There are many kid-friendly objects in the gift shop. Most range in price from $5-10, but there are several items that can be purchased for $1-2. It is up to teachers as to whether or not visiting students visit the gift shop. We ask that students not visit the gift shop during the museum program. If planning to visit the gift shop, teachers should allow for time after the program. We also ask that teachers and chaperons monitor students in the gift shop at all times. Only a few students should be allowed inside the gift shop area at one time and students should not be permitted to "play" in the gift shop.

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