VISIT

Group, School, & Family Visits

The Fowler offers guided and self-guided tours.  Please review the options below.

Group Visits

Guided Tours

Groups and college classes are invited to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the Fowler’s current exhibitions by scheduling a tour with a trained gallery educator.

  • Guided exhibition tours are free
  • A minimum of 15 people is required
  • Tours with gallery educators last approximately an hour. Reservations are accepted throughout the year.
  • Group tours may be scheduled Wednesday through Friday between noon and 5 pm, and on Wednesday evenings until 7 pm.
  • No weekend tours are available.
  • Advance reservations are required for all groups.
  • To schedule a Group Tour, please call (310) 206-5663 or email the Education Department.

 

Self-guided Tours

Groups may also choose to explore exhibitions on their own.

If your group size is in excess of 75 people, please call (310) 206-5663 or email the Education Department to ensure that we accommodate your group.

 

Parking Instructions for Tour Buses

For groups coming to the Fowler via a bus, free bus parking is available near the Museum.

To reach this designated bus zone, follow these directions:

  • Enter campus from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza.
  • Take the first right onto Charles Young Drive and
  • Park along the right side of the street, across from the athletic fields.
School Visits

The primary mission of the Fowler’s Education Department is to strengthen global arts and humanities education – particularly at the K-12 level – by helping to increase understanding of our world’s cultural and artistic traditions.

Encourage students to explore the diverse peoples of the world – their arts, traditions, and beliefs – with a visit to the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Our school visits offer many opportunities to excite, engage, and challenge students of all ages and abilities. As you plan your trip to UCLA, explore different options for your school visit below.


Guided Visits

Highly interactive student-centered learning distinguishes the Fowler’s School Visit Program. Trained museum educators facilitate in-gallery lessons that utilize dynamic questioning strategies, small-group interactions, peer teaching, and object-centered approaches. All programs are exhibition-based, and are followed by a hands-on session of age-appropriate art-making and writing experiences.

  • All tours meet California State Grade Level Content Standards.
  • Guided visits can be scheduled for any of the Museum’s current exhibitions, including:
    • Intersections: World Arts Local Lives
      • Pre K-12 students have the opportunity to experience one of our nation’s most important collections of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas in Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, which features approximately 250 works from the Fowler’s collections in a long-term exhibition. It celebrates the richness of world arts and considers the roles these works play in peoples’ lives. In-gallery discussions explore the themes of ART and ACTION, ART and KNOWLEDGE, ART and POWER, and ART and TRANSFORMATION. The visit culminates in an in-depth object study in the Fowler in Focus gallery, a rotating installation of new acquisitions, special collections, and particular artistic genres.
      • Browse the Curriculum Resource Unit for the Intersections exhibition
    • Reflecting Culture
      • Fifth grade classrooms are especially encouraged to invigorate their American History curriculum with a visit to the Fowler’s collection of silver. Comprising 251 objects representing sixteenth through nineteenth century continental Europe, Great Britain and the United States, this exhibition interprets silver in its social contexts. Highlights of the tour include vessels both whimsical and utilitarian from renowned workshops—such as those of American patriot silversmith Paul Revere (c.1760), British silversmith Paul de Lamerie (c.1800), and Russian jeweler Karl Fabergé (c.1900). Tours of Reflecting Culture are offered on the first Friday of every month at 10:00 and 11:30 am.
    • Special Exhibitions
      • Two of the Museum’s four galleries are dedicated to dynamic temporary exhibitions. Class visits to these special exhibitions engage students in exploring a culture, artistic tradition, or contemporary artist in depth through in-gallery discussions and age-appropriate hands-on learning activities in the Fowler’s art studio. Students investigate themes such as identity, memory, community, traditions and change, globalization, and arts activism.
  • In-gallery lessons are built around set themes that are appropriate for a range of grade levels. When scheduling a visit, teachers are encouraged to share specific content requests and alert us to any special needs of your students.
  • This is a FREE program.

 

Schedule a Guided Visit:

  • Programs for K-12 students are held Wednesday through Friday at 10:00 and 11:30 am.
  • The Museum can accommodate up to 70 students per visit and requests one adult chaperone for every fifteen children.
  • In-gallery sessions and hands-on artmaking workshops are approximately an hour and a half In duration.
  • Guided visits must be scheduled in advance.
  • Call (310) 206-5663 or email.
  • Requests are processed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Schools are responsible for providing transportation to the Museum.

Self-Guided Visit:

If you and your students would prefer to learn at your own pace, please sign up for a self-guided experience at the Fowler. We encourage you to explore our Curriculum Resource Units, which are available for most major exhibitions at the Fowler, and which may be useful as you prepare for your students’ visit.

  • Self-guided visits are available Wednesday to Friday from noon to 5:00 pm.
  • Call (310) 206-5663 to schedule a visit.
Family Visits

Suggestions for your Visit

  • Several short visits to the museum are better than one long visit. Children will let you know when they’ve had enough.
  • Jumpstart your child’s visual literacy by asking open-ended questions about the artworks, like
    • Who made it?
    • What was it made to do?
    • What materials were used by the artist?
    • Encourage your child to think about the peoples and cultures whose works of art are on view. At the same time, what can these works teach us about ourselves?
  • Guide your children to notice certain gallery cues that will enhance their visit.
    • What are the big ideas or themes in the exhibition?
    • What information about the artworks can be learned from the labels?
    • Can one learn even more about the works of art by looking at them from different viewpoints?
    • Why are certain works of art presented on their own and others with a group of objects?
    • What can photographs and videos teach us?
    • How is color used in the gallery?
  • Pick up a calendar of events and plan your next visit around an activity designed especially for children.
  • Bring a snack and take a break in the courtyard.
  • Make a day of it! Visit other campus destinations like the UCLA Sculpture Garden and Hammer Museum.

 

Family Guide

Designed to guide our younger visitors’ experience of Intersections, our permanent collections gallery, this brochure for 5-12 year-olds enhances their visit with stories of peoples from around the world, matching games, and sketching activities.

Download a copy now.

 

ArtVentures: Puzzle and Play

Launch your family on an ArtVenture during your next visit to the Fowler Museum. A tote bag full of puzzles awaits to help families play their way through Intersections!

Ask for ArtVentures: Puzzle and Play at the information desk in the Museum’s lobby.

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