The Fowler Museum invites K-12 students to experience global arts in small groups led by a Student Educator. All school visits are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations require three weeks’ notice.
We are committed to removing financial barriers for schools by offering all K-12 schools free admission and free guided tours. The Fowler Museum does not accept applications for bus scholarships.
In small groups guided by trained Student Educators, K-12 students are invited to explore global arts through collaborative investigation, engaging conversation, and thoughtfully planned activities. The Student Educator team is comprised of current UCLA students from diverse academic backgrounds who bring unique perspectives to the artwork on view.
No prior knowledge of art or art making is necessary. Students are highly encouraged to think deeply and share freely during their visit, drawing connections between art, their lives, and the world around them so they can become more critically engaged citizens. All tours are exhibition-based and meet Common Core Standards.
A typical guided tour will include time in both the galleries and the Fowler’s studio. In the galleries, students will closely examine three to five works of art through group discussions, group activities, and choice-based learning opportunities. In the studio, students will create their own masterpieces inspired by an artwork on view. The Fowler’s talented gallery teaching team expects to customize their teaching strategies to meet students’ needs, as every group is unique. Fowler educators will select the artwork included in the tour; if you have specific pieces you would like to be included, please register for a self-guided tour.
Guided tours are offered Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. All guided tours last 90 minutes. Students, teachers, and chaperones are welcome to continue exploring the museum after the guided portion of the visit has concluded.
Due to the intimate scale of the Fowler’s galleries, each guided visit accommodates a maximum of 50 students. Classes with more than 25 students are divided into smaller groups. One adult chaperone per ten students is required.
Special Guided Tour for Elementary Students | “Food Around the World”
In April and May 2019, elementary students are invited to experience a special guided tour exploring food and dining practices around the world. Featuring artworks from Nigeria, England, and Mexico, this 90-minute tour examines how food and beverages have been stored, prepared, and consumed from as early as 250 C.E. to the present day.
Each visit accommodates a maximum of 50 elementary students. One adult chaperone per ten students is required. Please note that this special tour does not include time in the Fowler’s studio.
Ready to lead your own tours of the Fowler Museum? During self-guided tours, groups are welcome to explore any of the museum’s current exhibitions.
Self-guided tours are available year-round, Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5:00 PM. Each visit is scheduled for one hour; groups may request additional time, if available.
Each self-guided visit accommodates a maximum of 35 students. Schools who wish to bring groups larger than the maximum may request multiple self-guided visits in the same day, contingent on space availability. One adult chaperone per ten students is required.
Parking Instructions for School Buses
For groups visiting the Fowler via a school bus, free bus parking is available near the Museum. Follow the directions below to reach this designated bus zone: