School Tours and Art Projects - Onsite and Online!
Onsite Public Tours are back!
To ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, group tours of 15 or more will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Complimentary masks will be provided through the admissions desk for any visitors who might need them. Please visit our Health & Safety Page for details and exceptions.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 714-567-3680.
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.
Scholarship Funding Now Available for Onsite and Virtual Tours!
The Bowers Museum School Partnership Program is being offered to Title I schools as a way to encourage teachers to integrate the arts across the curriculum and as an extension of their classroom.
If you are a Title I school, you are welcome to apply for grant funds to assist with tour admission and art class, and partial transportation reimbursement.
/ Current Offerings
California Legacies: Mission & Ranchos
Suggested Grades: 3-5
Art Project: Cochineal Prints
Explore the history of Orange County and California from the early Spanish missions to the rancho settlements.
California Bounty: Image & Identity, 1850-1930
Suggested Grades: 3+
Art project: Plein Air Landscapes
Learn about the unique visual culture of California by exploring landscapes, portraiture, and still life!
Spirits & Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands
Suggested Grades: 6+
Art Project: Shields
Explore ceremonial masks, weapons of war, implements and vessels for feasting, and the art of personal admornment from the vast and diverse Pacific Islands!
Onsite Tours are 2-2.5 hours long
1 Hour Private Docent-Led Tour
30 Minute Break
1 Hour Private Art Project
- Onsite tours: $14 per Student ($6 tour, $8 art project; special exhibition pricing may differ)
- One FREE Chaperone (Teachers/Parents/Guardians/Volunteers) per 15 Students
- Special Needs Aides Free
- School Tours start at 9:30 am each morning
- Minimum of 15 Students; 70 Students Maximum Per Visit
- If less than 15 students, $200 minimum payment
Virtual Tour options now available! Contact email@example.com or call (714) 567-3680 for details.
Scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis.