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The Fowler Museum at UCLA invites K-12 students to experience the power of global arts and cultures during guided and self-guided tours coordinated by the Education Department.

Due to the popularity of the tour program, online reservations for both guided and self-guided tours are required at least two weeks in advance. All visits are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are committed to removing financial barriers by offering all K-12 schools free admission; no fees are associated with guided or self-guided tours. The Fowler Museum is unable to accept unsolicited applications for bus scholarships.

Guided Tours for K-12 School Groups

In small groups led 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.

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. 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. In the studio, students will create their own masterpieces inspired by an artwork on view. 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.

All tours are exhibition-based; no prior knowledge of art or art making is necessary.

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 10 students is required. Each guided tour is scheduled for 90 minutes, unless otherwise noted.

Click here to review and sign-up for 2019-2020 Exhibitions

Through Positive Eyes
Tours available October 17, 2019—February 13, 2020
Appropriate for grades 9—12

Through Positive Eyes is a large-scale photography and storytelling project that illuminates the life experiences of more than 130 people living with HIV and AIDS. The exhibition presents 50 of these personal statements. The works include intimate self-portraits as well as everyday imagery of relationships, bodies, hobbies, and more abstract meditations on joy, grief, and resilience.

During the 60-minute guided tour, high school students will explore photo-essays by people living with HIV and AIDS around the world with a Student Educator, a current UCLA student trained to lead group discussions using inquiry-based learning strategies. Students will also hear from an Artivist, an adult living in LA who has HIV. This section of the exhibition is titled “Banishing Stigma,” and the Artivists will share their personal experiences combating stigma related to their positive status. Please note that the stories and corresponding photo-essays may include descriptions of how the Artivists became positive, learned their diagnosis, and/or challenges they faced while seeking treatment.

Guided tours of Through Positive Eyes are meant to supplement high school students’ classroom instruction regarding HIV and AIDS. As such, guided tours of this exhibition are only available to high school students (grades 9-12).

Content is sensitive in nature, and it is the school’s responsibility to ensure all participants (students, chaperones, educators, etc.) and guardians are aware of the exhibition’s content. Teachers and school administrators are encouraged to visit the exhibition in advance. Groups are highly encouraged to invite one of their school counselors to attend this field trip. Learn more about this exhibition here.

Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World
Tours available January 8—May 29, 2020
Appropriate for grades K—12

Make Me a Summary of the World brings together several of Banerjee’s monumental installations in conversation with more than two dozen sculptures, as well as a thorough selection of works on paper to create an otherworldly and multi-sensory space. Using a variety of gathered materials ranging from African tribal jewelry to colorful feathers, light bulbs, and Murano glass, Banerjee’s works investigate the splintered experiences of identity, tradition, and culture, prevalent in diasporic communities. These assemblages present themselves simultaneously as familiar and unfamiliar, thriving on tensions between visual cultures and raising questions about exoticism, cultural appropriation, globalization, and feminism. Her works are paired with thought-provoking and poetic titles that are works of art in themselves, ranging in length from 50 to 180 words. Learn more about this exhibition here.

Guided tours of this exhibition include both time looking at artwork in the galleries and time dedicated to a hands-on art project.

Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives
Tours available October 16, 2019—May 29, 2020
Appropriate for grades K—12

Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives explores the roles that art plays in creating meaning and defining purpose for people across the globe. Art is not only a reflection of culture but can actively shape thought and experience. The objects on display have all intervened in the lives of those who made or used them—whether to educate, solve problems, assert leadership, assist in remembering, or provision loved ones in the afterlife. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the local histories and contexts of these objects and the stories and performances that surround them. The objects featured in the exhibition are primarily from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas and they range in date from the third millennium b.c.e. to the present. Major sections of the exhibition consider how arts from diverse cultures have served as vehicles of action, knowledge, power, and transformation. Learn more about this exhibition here.

Guided tours of this exhibition include 45-minutes in the gallery and 45-minutes in the Fowler’s studio, where students will create their own masterpiece inspired by the artwork on view.

Reflecting Culture: The Francis E. Fowler, Jr. Collection of Silver
Tours available October 16, 2019—May 29, 2020
Appropriate for grades K—12

Comprising 251 objects representing 16th through 19th century Europe, Great Britain and the United States, this exhibition interprets silver in its social contexts. Gleaming vessels from renowned workshops—such as those of British silversmith Paul de Lamerie (c.1800), Russian jeweler Karl Fabergé (c.1900), and American patriot silversmith Paul Revere (c.1760)—highlight important styles and techniques. Learn more about this exhibition here.

Guided tours of this exhibition include 45-minutes in the gallery and 45-minutes in the Fowler’s studio, where students will create their own masterpiece inspired by the artwork on view.

Self-Guided Tours

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 for school groups are available Wednesday through Friday, when the Museum is open to the general public. 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.

Activity Guides
Click below to access PDFs of our in-gallery guides. Limited copies are also available at the front desk.

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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:

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

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