Teacher-Led School Tours
Teacher-led school tours are available for K-12 teachers who wish to bring their students on learning visits Mondays, or Wednesdays–Fridays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. October through May only. For docent-led school tours, see School Programs.
- Teacher-led school groups are welcome Mondays, or Wednesdays–Fridays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Reservations for groups of 15 or more must be made at least 3 weeks in advance.
- Admission is $13 per student, teacher, and/or chaperone. We are unable to accept purchase orders. A limited number of reservations are available on Free Days.
- Parking reservations are required for buses or vans carrying 10 or more people. Call 626-405-2240 or email for parking reservations.
- Homeschool self-guided visits are available on non-holiday Mondays during public hours. Advance reservations required.
- One adult for every ten children is required for visits to the gardens, library, and art galleries. For visits to the Children's Garden and Conservatory, one adult for every four children is required. Groups without adequate adult supervision may not enter the grounds.
- Students must stay with their chaperoned groups during their visit and may not be on their own without adult supervision.
- Keep touring groups to ten or less. Have small groups visit different areas rather than remaining in one large group.
- In consideration of other visitors, lecturing is not permitted inside buildings. Prepare students outside beforehand.
- Please help us to protect the collections: no running, food, gum, or beverages in the gardens or the galleries. Only pencils and handheld notebooks are allowed in the galleries – no ink or colored pencils. No backpacks in the galleries (lockers are available). See Huntington Helpfullness for additional tips.
- Picnic tables are available in Howard's Picnic Grove located near the bus drop off. There are no protected lunch areas on rainy days.
- There is only one legal bus route to and from The Huntington when arriving from the north. Police may ticket you if you do not follow this route.
How to Schedule
- Complete the Reservation Form
- Reservations must be made at least 3 weeks in advance.
Tips for your Teacher-Led Visit
Introduce the function of museums to your students. Questions to ask:
- What are museums for?
- What do they do?
- If you could build a museum, what would your museum look like?
- What would you put in your museum? Why?
- What kinds of things do you collect?
- How do you add to, sort, and care for your collection?
Plan your visit. The museum should be an enjoyable extension of the classroom:
- Remember quality is more important than quantity. It's better enjoy what you visit than to see everything.
- Imagine yourself as one of your students: Would you enjoy the trip you are planning?
- Select a theme for your field trip. Relate the trip to subjects you are discussing in the classroom.
- Go over the rules: no touching, running, food, beverages, or chewing gum.
- Bring enough chaperones and prepare them ahead of time; make sure they understand their responsibilities, have written information for them including the day's goals, maps, etc.
- Know what time to return to the bus.
Back at school, reinforce the museum experience with your students:
- Have them sketch their favorite thing.
- Write a short story or poem about their visit.
- Ask them what they liked and what they did not, and why.
- Have students make their own museum at school; have them design the building, choose objects for display, make exhibits, and interpret their items.
- Relate what they saw to their daily lives, including how objects around them are similar to things they saw at the museum.
Teacher-Led Activity Sheets
Object Analysis Worksheet (4-12)