Gallery Tours (College)

Plan an extraordinary day for your students! The Bowers offers a variety of docent-guided and self-guided touring options through any of our permanent or special exhibitions.  You can also pair your tour with one of our educational public programs!


Docent-Guided TOURS

Docent-guided tours are available for many of our special and permanent exhibitions, A docent-guided tour covers one gallery, and typically lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour. We also offer a special docent-guided tour called “Best of the Bowers” featuring highlights of galleries throughout the museum, providing a great overview of the museum’s unique collections!

Docent-guided tours can be scheduled Tuesday - Friday starting at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and  2:30pm, or Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, or  2:30pm.

We require a minimum of 15 guests for a docent-guided tour and to receive special group rates and benefits. There is no additional fee for a docent-guided tour.


SELF-Guided TOURS

Self-guided tours can be scheduled anytime during regular museum hours, Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm, and can be completed at your group's own pace.

We require a minimum of 15 guests for a self-guided group tour in order to receive special group rates and benefits.


Audio Tours

The Bowers offers audio tours featuring highlights from the Bowers Collection in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. Audio tours can be downloaded prior to your visit or during your visit on any mobile device. To learn more or to download an audio tour, Click here


Gallery Talks

Docent-guided gallery talks provide a brief overview of the galleries at the Bowers and are open to the general public. Gallery talks are scheduled Tuesdays –Fridays at 11am and 2pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm, and last about 20 minutes. Gallery talks offered change daily, and can feature more than one gallery per day. You can check with the Tours Office to see what gallery talks will available on your visit date, or check at any Visitor Services desk upon arrival. All gallery talks are subject to change or cancellation.


Public Programs

Don’t forget to check the calendar for any public programs that may be available as a part of your visit. Public Programs include lectures by respected speakers and experts from around the world, music and dance performances celebrating world cultures, or film screenings featuring diverse cultural and historic topics. For more information on Public Programs, click here


College RATES - GENERAL ADMISSION

Weekdays
Students (18+ with valid school ID): $9 
Members: FREE
Pricing includes entry to all general galleries, and does not include specially ticketed exhibitions

Weekend
Students (18+ with valid school ID): $11
Members: FREE
Pricing includes entry to all general galleries, and does not include specially ticketed exhibitions

 

College RATES - SPECIAL EXHIBITION ADMISSION

Weekdays
Students (18+ with valid school ID): $17
Members: $7
Pricing includes entry to all general and special admission galleries

Weekend
Students (18+ with valid school ID)s: $19
Members: $7
Pricing includes entry to all general and special admission galleries


Questions? 

Please contact the Tours office at 714-567-3680 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.