Prepare for your Visit
Visitors 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 members of your group.
If you’re visiting with a school group, consider reviewing the Gallery Guidelines on the way to the museum.
Bags and Backpacks
Make your entry to the museum easy. Leave backpacks and lunches behind. If a bag is larger than 11x14 inches, it must be checked.
Because backpacks cannot be worn on the back, choosing a shoulder or tote bag for your visit may be more comfortable. Students who have medications or medical devices (such as an inhaler) may bring those in a small bag.
Lunch at the Museum
The only lunch option at the museum is to dine at Gertrude’s. Groups may wish to make a reservation for this sit-down restaurant.
There are no student lunch facilities in the museum. In good weather, groups may eat bag lunches in the BMA Sculpture Gardens. If you are interested in eating in the garden, please request this option when you book your tour with the Education Coordinator.
Please 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.
Chaperones for Student Groups
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.
Please review our accessibility page for more information.
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.
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.