Tours & Art Classes
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.
/ Current Offerings
We are currently booking school tours for the 2019 - 2020 School Year.
Inside the Walt Disney Archives
Suggested Grades K-12
Art project: Zoetrope Animation
SEE rare treasures, including original artwork, costumes, and props from
Disney films and theme parks; LEARN about Walt Disney & the Walt Disney Company; and DISCOVER the power of creativity!
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!
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
- $13 per Student/ $15 for Special Exhibitions
- Free Chaperone (Parents/Guardians/Volunteers) per 10 Students
- Teachers/Special Needs Aides Free
- $6 Each Additional Chaperone/$8 for Special Exhibitions
- 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
Scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis. Please fill out a tour request form to receive your scholarship application.