School Groups

A trained educator takes students on a tour of the BMA.

A BMA educator leads children in conversation in the galleries.

Prepare for your Visit

Students have the best museum experience when they know what to expect and what is expected of them. Prepare for your visit by reviewing the confirmation information, including Gallery Guidelines, with all students and chaperones. Some teachers find it helpful to review the Gallery Guidelines on the way to the Museum.

Bags and Backpacks

Leave backpacks and lunches behind and avoid bringing coats and jackets whenever possible. If a bag is larger than 11x14 inches, it must be checked. Teachers may bring one bag and students who have medications or medical devices (such as an inhaler) may bring those in a small bag.

Lunches are not permitted in the Museum, and must be left at school or on the bus.

Lunch at the Museum

There are no student lunch facilities in the Museum. In good weather, groups may eat bag lunches in the BMA Sculpture Gardens. Please make arrangements to use the garden for lunch when you book your tour with the Education Coordinator.

Students must keep food and drinks away from the sculptures and refrain from touching or climbing on any part of the artwork including its base. Please dispose of all trash and leave the area as found.


Group leaders and chaperones play an important part in making a group's trip to the BMA a safe, enjoyable, and educational success. Please provide one teacher or adult chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones are required to stay with students and encourage good behavior.


The Museum and tiered Sculpture Gardens are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at the Checkroom. Van-accessible parking spaces are available in the BMA East and West lots. Check in at the Welcome Desk for more information.

Alerting us in advance if you or your students need wheelchair access will help us provide the best visitor experience.


Detailed information on individual parking can be found here. Buses may drop off and pick up students in the designated area on Art Museum Drive. On-site parking for buses is not available.


Non-flash photography is allowed in collection galleries and sculpture gardens for personal, non-commercial use except where noted. Art in special exhibitions and on loan may not be photographed. Videotaping is not permitted in the galleries.

If you have scheduled a guided tour, your Docent can advise on the most appropriate time to take photographs during the tour.

Additional Information

If the Museum is reaching capacity in any of its entrances or exits, individuals and groups may be asked to wait before they enter the Museum to ensure a safe and comfortable visit for everyone.

If specific galleries are reaching capacity, visitors may be redirected to other galleries in the Museum. Pre-scheduled groups will be given priority.