Educator FAQs

Education FAQs

  • 1. How do I schedule a field trip at the Bowers Museum?

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    • July 1st marked the launch of our new school tour online booking system! For the first time, educators have the convenience of immediately reserving upcoming tour dates for the Bowers Museum. Kidseum, or special Culture 360 programs! Follow this link for for a step-by-step instruction guide. 
    • Follow this link for Kidseum (PreK-2nd grade) exhibitions and art projects.:
    • Follow this link for Bowers Museum (3rd-12th grade) exhibitions and art projects.
    • Follow this link for special Culture 360 gallery and performance experiences! 
    • QUESTIONS? Email the Tours Office at tours@bowers.org or call 714-567-3680
  • 2. How much does it cost to bring my class to the Bowers?

    • School Groups (15 students minimum) $13 for a one hour gallery tour with an optional corresponding art project.
    • Kidseum (15 students minimum): $13 for a 30 minute tour, 30 minutes of free play in the exhibit space, and an optional corresponding art project.
    • 1 free chaperone for every 10 students is required, any additional chaperones are $13 each for the Bowers Museum, and $6 each for Kidseum
    • The maximum number of students we can host per visit is dependent on gallery size and docent availability. Please see gallery descriptions for the Bowers Museum and Kidseum for more information.  
    • Are you a Title I school?  You may be eligible for grant funds to pay for your tour admission, art class, and partial bus reimbursement.  For more information or to download a grant application, click here: Scholarships
  • 3. What form of payment is accepted when booking a field trip?

    • To pay with a check,  please make checks payable to:
      BOWERS MUSEUM TOUR OFFICE.
      Attn: School Tours.
      2002 N. Main St.
      Santa Ana, CA. 92706.
    • To pay with a credit card, please call the Tours Office at 714-567-3680. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
  • 4. Are there restrictions on group size?

    • Groups must have at least 15 students to take advantage of the student group rate and receive a private docent led tour. The maximum number of students we can host per visit is dependent on gallery size and docent availability. Please see gallery descriptions for the Bowers Museum and Kidseum for more information.  
    • If you would like to bring more than the maximum student count, please book separate visit dates. 
  • 5. How do I find out which tour is best for my grade level students?

    • We recommend our PreK-2nd grade students visit our Kidseum and our 3rd-12th grade students visit the Bowers Museum. 
    • Our permanent galleries are suitable for all grade levels. Occasionally our Special Exhibitions or Culture 360 programs will be recommended for specific grade levels. Please check our School Tours and Culture 360 descriptions for the most up to date information. 
  • 6. How is a school tour structured at the Bowers Museum?

    • If you choose to participate in both the tour and art class, your group will receive a 1 hour tour, followed by a short break, and a 1 hour art class.
    • For larger groups, we will likely ask you to split students into 2 smaller groups, with one half doing the tour, while the other half do the art class, and then they switch.
  • 7. What times are available for school tours?

    • School tours are available Tuesday-Friday mornings at 9:30am
    • We recommend allowing at least 2 1/2 hours for tour, break, and art project.
    • Culture 360 programs are available on select Fridays at 10am
    • Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before tour time. If you arrive late the length of your tour, break or art class may be adjusted.
  • 8. Art Project Preparation

    • If you are completing a clay project, please bring large boxes to transport your student's art
    • If you are completeing a non-clay project, please bring large paper bags to transport your student's art
    • Please make arrangements to store projects in the bus, there is no suitable place to store art projects at the museum or Kidseum.
  • 9. May students bring a lunch?

    • Kidseum groups of 35 students or less may lunch on the Kidseum patio after their tour, pending weather and availability. Please inform the Tours Office of your desire to use the patio during the booking process. 
    • There is no available lunch area for groups larger than 35 students at Kidseum or the Bowers Museum. For any school groups larger than 35 students, we recommend  Santiago Park (corner of Main St. and Memory Lane).  
    • There is no suitable place for lunches to be stored at the Bowers Museum or Kidseum. Please see that lunches can be stored on the bus for the duration of your tour or art class.
  • 10. Where can buses park?

    • For Bowers Museum tours, buses may drop-off students on 20th St. in the designated passenger loading zone, and may park there for the duration of your school’s visit. Buses are not allowed to park in museum parking lots. Space is subject to availability.
    • For Kidseum tours, buses may drop-off students in the Kidseum parking lot off of 18th street and Main, and may park there for the duration of your school's visit. Space is subject to availability.
    • Cars may park in the South Parking lot off of 20th street.  Parking for cars costs $6 from 10am-3pm. There is also a free public lot slightly north of the Bowers across Main St. Cars can park in the Kidseum parking lot for free.
  • 11. As a teacher, may I visit the Bowers Museum prior to coming with my students?

    • Santa Ana Unified School District teachers with valid ID are granted free general admission to the Bowers Museum and Kidseum every Sunday. Any additional guest(s) must pay the current general admission rate.
    • Non-SAUSD teachers can visit booked galleries free of charge by appointment. To schedule a pre-visit, please contact the Tours Office at 714-562-3680 or email us at tours@bowers.org
    • All teachers are granted free general admission during our Educator Open Houses! We highly recommend teachers take part in these opportunities to learn more about all that the Bowers Museum and Kidseum has to offer!.
  • 12. Museum Rules

    • One adult chaperone is required to supervise for every ten students for the entire tour and art class. Chaperones are responsible for students' conduct and adherence to the rules for appropriate behavior in the museum and galleries.
    • Please have nametags for all children, teachers and chaperones.
    • DO NOT BRING: Backpacks, large bags, food, gum, beverages, water bottles, or cell phones. Please make arrangements to leave these items in the bus. We ask that adults turn off all cell phones during tours and art classes.
    • Photographs may be taken in select galleries, please check with a docent or security officer for photography rules in a particular exhibit. No flash photography is allowed at Bowers Museum or Kidseum.
    • Restrooms: To assure cleanliness in restrooms, and accountability of all students, students must be accompanied by appropriate chaperones for all restroom visits. Please use restrooms before your tour or during your scheduled break.
  • 13. Classroom Preparation

    • Prior to your field trip, a docent may contact you to find out more about your students and how you prepared them for their visit. Bowers Museum Teacher Packets and Curriculum Guides are available by clicking this link (please scroll to bottom of page, guides can be downloaded in pdf format): K-12 for Educators / Curriculum Guides
    • We encourage teachers to attend our Educator Open Houses or Teacher Training Workshops to increase your understanding of the museum, tour, and art class, as well as deepen your understanding of curriculum connections to the museum experience. For more information on upcoming events for Educators, please visit our Teachers page. 
  • 14. Bowers Museum and Kidseum location

    • Bowers Museum school groups should arrive at the Bell Tower entrance located at the corner of Main St. and 20th St, Please have a representative of your group check in at the main admissions desk near that entrance, and Bowers Museum staff or docents will escort your students to the galleries or art class.
    • Bowers Kidseum is located at the corner of Main St. and 18th St. The entrance is to the rear of the building off of 18th street. Please have a representative of your group check in at the main admissions desk near that entrance, Please ring the doorbell to alert staff of your arrival.