In addition to our special school programs, tours and art projects, the Bowers offers an array of services for local teachers and educators including Open Houses, Professional Development, Common Core friendly curriculum guides focusing on all of our exhibitions, and more! The Bowers Museum strives to be a resource, a destination, an extension, and an enhancement of your classroom!


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Download our Winter 2017 School Program Guide to learn more about our tours and programs available to K-12 schools!  (click to download)






Teachers are invited to participate in our month-long Educator Open House at the Bowers Museum, February 1-28, Tuesday-Sunday, 3pm-4pm. Stop by the Bowers Museum between 3pm and 4pm on any open day in February to receive free access (with valid/current Teacher ID) to all of our general admission galleries, and experience a taste of what your students will be getting with their docent led tours. Packets with information about our school programs will be available at the front desk.

WIN BIG! Make sure to sign in when you visit and be entered into a drawing for a FREE family membership to the Bowers Museum and 50% tickets (up to 2 per program) to ALL 2017 Public Programs, including our much anticipated Frida Fridays.

Stop by during the work week (Tuesday-Friday) between 3pm-4pm and Education Department staff will be available to come down and chat with you in person regarding any questions or concerns you have about our school and teacher offerings, scholarship opportunities, etc. Ask the front desk to give us a call, and we'll be there! 

Attendance to one of these events is currently not required in order to remain eligible for grant funding in the 2016-2017 school year.


Passion, Presentation and Power; Connecting History to Life with Art, Universal Themes, Frida and Photography

I love what I teach. How can I inspire my students to understand the passion and power behind my content?
Themes like passion, presentation and power run through all of our history texts and classroom content and especially art class, but sometimes students need practice to explore them in-depth. At this special, all day training, at the Bowers Museum-Kidseum, teachers will get a chance to delve into themes of Passion, Presentation and Power, tour the museum, and learn how to bring their content area to life. Teachers will collaborate with colleagues and experts to learn how to utilize the museum as a resource and discover ways to apply new ideas and methods incorporating Visual and Performing Arts elements and standards, Universal Themes, and biography into classroom instruction. This is the first of three special sessions in 2017 for teachers, provided by the UCI History Project and the Bowers Museum with a focus on the exhibitions of women who bring these themes to life through their art and lives.
Audience: History, English and VAPA teachers GRADES 3-12
$50/teacher (Teachers are welcome to bring their own lunches)

Parking is free in the Kidseum lot off 18th street
Tuesday, February 7
Bowers Kidseum
1802 North Main Street

More professional development programs TBA! 


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Southern California Indian Curriculum Guide (click to download)
Developed in conjunction with the First Californians gallery in the permanent collection.


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Early California History: Exploration and Settlement Curriculum Guide (click to download)
Developed in conjunction with the California history galleries in the permanent collection, including the California Legacies: Missions & Ranchos gallery.


 curriculum guides for special exhibitions


Virgin of Guadalupe: Images in Colonial Mexico Curriculum Guide 

(click to download in English)            (click to download in Spanish)
Developed in conjunction with the special exhibition Virgin of Guadalupe: Images in Colonial Mexico.


Image Credit: Jose de Paez (1720-1790) 
Aparición de la Virgen de Guadalupe, n.d.. 
Colección Pérez Simón, Mexico © Rafael Doniz 

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Seen and Unseen: Images by Imogen Cunningham Curriculum Guide (click to download)
Developed in conjunction with the special exhibition Seen and Unseen: Images by Imogen Cunningham.

 Image Credit: Hand and Leaf of Voodoo Lily, 1972
© 2016 Imogen Cunningham Trust