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.

Book your School Tour today!

Email tours@bowers.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.

Click Here to Download Virtual Tour Scholarship Application

Click Here to Download Onsite Tour Scholarship Application

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First Californians
 

First Californians

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

Explore how the first Californians life and art were shaped by their natural environment.

California Legacies: Mission & Ranchos

Missions and 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

California Bounty

Suggested Grades: 3+
Art project: Plein Air Landscapes

Learn about the unique visual culture of California by exploring landscapes, portraiture, and still life!

Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy

Ancient Arts of China

Suggested Grades: 5+
Art Project: Watercolor Scrolls

Witness the incredible evolution of Chinese art and culture from the Neo-lithic Era to the last dynasty!

Spirits & Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands

Spirits and Headhunters

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!

Logistics

Book your School Tour today!
Email tours@bowers.org or call 714-567-3680.

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Onsite Tours are 2-2.5 hours long
  • 1 Hour Private Docent-Led Tour

  • 30 Minute Break

  • 1 Hour Private Art Project

Pricing
  • 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
Availability
  • Tuesday-Friday
  • 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 tours@bowers.org or call (714) 567-3680 for details.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis.