Information for School Groups

BMAC’s friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteer docents ensure that your school group will be inspired, surprised, and delighted by your visit to the museum.

We recommend that school groups allow two hours for a visit that will begin with a guided tour and conclude with an engaging, age-appropriate activity based on our current exhibits. Visits may be scheduled weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and occasionally on weekends. Admission is free for public school groups, $35 for other groups of 2-10, and $45 for groups of 11-25. Please try to schedule your visit at least two weeks in advance.

What can you expect during your visit?

Guided Tour

After a brief introduction to the museum, trained docents will engage students in inquiry-based discussion focused on specific works of art. The pace of each tour and number of artworks viewed varies, in order to allow time for focused observation and exploration in small groups. Guided tours will focus on a selection of work from the current exhibits.

Activities

Designed especially for K-6 school groups, activities are based on the artwork students will view during their guided tour. They may include hands-on art projects, book readings, or a writing response. Through June 20, we are offering the following activities for docent-led groups:

CREATIVITY WITH SHAPES
This activity for grades K-1 is a fun way to learn more about basic design concepts such as shape, size, color, and figure-and-ground relationships. By moving two-dimensional pieces on a large, colored ground, young children are introduced to repetition, variation, positive and negative space, and contrast. Young artists learn a simple, no-mess way to apply glue to affix shapes to the colored ground. You’ll want to have an exhibit of the finished results back at school!

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATIONS FOR ALL AGES
Bobbi Angell’s etchings and botanical drawings inspire visitors to the museum’s Ticket Gallery and docent-led school groups to create their own drawings of plants. Observation, key to our guided tours that use the Visual Thinking Strategies method to discover meaning in images, is an important part of this activity. After a brief introduction on looking at plants and their parts, students and adults of all ages embark on an individual response to one of many interesting live plants available for drawing.