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School Group Tours

Extend your classroom curriculum and immerse your students in art with a visit to MoAD.

We have designed participatory and engaging art experiences that spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and support your visual arts learning goals.


In the interest of public health and safety because of COVID-19, in-person tours in the Museum are paused until January 2022. In the meantime, we are hosting Virtual Tours and Virtual Art Workshops. Each tour/workshop lasts approximately 50 minutes and is offered through Zoom platform. We use a multimedia presentation that is tailored to your group. Please note that because of the popularity of school programs, we may not accommodate all requests.

Our tours and workshops would not be possible without the talent and hard work of our dedicated docents. We would love to hear from you. Please take a moment to let us know what you think after your tour. 

Virtual Tour Topics
• The Art and Life of William H. Johnson (1901- 1970)
• Notable African American Sculptors of 19th and 20th Century
• Photographs of Black Families in 19th and 20th Century

Virtual Hands-on Workshop Options

No glue collaging
This workshop is ideal for ages 7 and up, and you do not have to possess any artistic skills to participate in this workshop. We will revisit selected works from our exhibitions, and learn the basics of creating composition, balance, and visual harmony while collaging.

For the workshop, you will need
• Pages from magazines, newspapers, or any print media
• Scissors
• A sheet of paper, any color (8.5” x 11”)

Drawing Workshop: Value of Shades
learn the basics of pencil shading and blending to explore value in drawing.

For the workshop you will need
• A dull pencil
• Two sheets of plain white paper (8.5” x 11” or larger)
• Optional: Two Q-Tips or cotton swabs
• Optional: Eraser

If you have questions, please contact us at education@moadsf.org. Please allow 3-4 days for a response.

VIRTUAL TOUR REQUEST FORM

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP REQUEST FORM

IN-PERSON TOUR REQUEST FORM

We are currently accepting tour requests for January and February 2022.
For in-person tours, we can accommodate K-12 school/youth groups of 25 people plus chaperones. We ask school groups to bring at least one chaperone. We may ask chaperones to assist and/or support students during the tour.

Groups enjoy discounted admission, as follows

In person school tour admissions
• School groups (k-12): $2 per person
• School group chaperones: $6 per person
• College students (with valid school id): $6 per person

Virtual Tour
School groups (k-12) and colleges $75 per group for up to 30 people

Virtual Art Workshop
School groups (k-12) and colleges $100 per group for up to 30 people

Things to Know
• A $25 deposit, payable by credit or debit card, is required to schedule a school tour.
• Tours must be scheduled at least 7 days in advance.
• Cancellations require 48 hours’ notice.
• Deposits paid for a canceled tour will be credited toward a future visit.
• If a cancellation or reschedule is not made 48 hours in advance, the deposit will be forfeited.

The Day of Your In-person Visit
• Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour.
• The group leader should check in with Visitor Services at the front desk.
• Browse the museum store or ground floor Salon until your Docent arrives.
• Running late? Call our Tour Manager at (415) 318-7142.
• Please review our Museum Policies and MoAD Health and Safety Plan with your group.

How To Prepare for Your In-Person Visit
• Please do not make transportation arrangements until you have received email confirmation of your desired date.
• Please note that MoAD does not have group lunch facilities.
• If possible, visit MoAD yourself to familiarize yourself with the space and the art.
• Or explore our online resources, including Exhibitions, and Educator Resource Guides.
• We kindly request that you pay before your tour. Be aware that we do not refund tickets, so please consider this when purchasing tickets in advance. Additional funds will become a donation to the museum.

Preparing Tour Chaperones
Chaperones are responsible for the behavior and safety of their students while in the museum. We may also ask them to help students complete interactive materials or activities. Chaperones must accompany their assigned group at all times.

Chaperones help students respect the following guidelines:
• To protect the artwork, we do not allow food, drinks, or chew gum in the museum.
• Non-flash photography is permitted except where it’s noted by signage.
• You may draw and sketch in the galleries with a pencil without eraser only.
• Unless invited by a Guide or docent, please do not touch the artwork or exhibition objects.
• Remain behind black floor markers or stanchions. When barriers are not visible, stay at least 18 inches away from exhibition pieces.
• Speak quietly.
• Walk in the galleries and on the stairs.

During your visit, a member of the MoAD security team may remind you of these rules. Your cooperation will help make the museum a safe, welcoming space, and preserve the art for others to enjoy.

A group of youth and students in education smiling together

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