School Tours

Tours and art classes at the Bowers Museum are designed for grades K-12 and are available all year to accommodate school districts and school-site services with year-round schedules. These experiences provide unique opportunities for students to engage with cultural arts from around the world. Students enjoy an interactive, docent guided or self-guided tour of our permanent and/or changing exhibitions designed to explore critical thinking skills and promote cross-cultural understanding. As a part of their tour, students participate in a hands-on art class inspired by themes in our galleries that they are able to take home with them and share with their families.


We are currently booking school tours for the months of October-December.

Current Offerings

KQC

Suggested Grades: K-5

Art Project: Custom Chess Piece

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Knights Illuminated

Suggested Grades 5+
Art project: Illuminated Storyboards

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Guo Pei

Suggested Grades 9+
Art project: Coming Soon!

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First Californians

Suggested Grades: 2-5
Art project: Native American Baskets

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Missions and Ranchos

Suggested Grades: 3-5

Art Project: Cochineal Prints

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California Bounty

Suggested Grades: 3+
Art project: Plein Air Landscapes

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Twilight

Suggested Grades: 5+
Art Project: Kente Cloth

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Ancient Arts of China

Suggested Grades: 5+
Art Project: Watercolor Scrolls

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Spirits and Headhunters

Suggested Grades: 6+
Art Project: Shields

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Fall School Tour and Art Projects

Tours are 2-2.5 hours long

  • 1 Hour private docent led tour
  • 30 minute break
  • 1 hour private art project

Pricing

  • $13 per student/ $15 for Special Exhibitions
  • Free chaperone per 10 students
  • $6 each additional chaperone/$8 for Special Exhibitions

Availability

  • Tuesday-Friday
  • School Tours start at 9:30 am each morning
  • 70 students maximum per tour

Scholarships

Scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis. Please fill out a tour request form to receive your scholarship application.