Schools & Universities
Thank you for your interest in visiting The Columbus Museum! We are currently scheduling tours for the 2021-2022 school year. Choose from one of the themes you know and love or work with us to design a custom experience. During each 60-minute in-person visit, students will explore 4-5 objects from the Museum’s permanent collection. As always, our guided experiences are free!
The Museum is open Tuesday – Friday, from 10am – 5pm. Early access may be granted, depending on availability.
Please Note: Tour requests must be submitted at least four weeks in advance of the requested tour date and are subject to availability. Your reservation is not confirmed until you have received an official confirmation via email. You will receive confirmation within a week of submitting your request.
In-Person School Tours
Art and Nature (Spring Only)
Explore the Bradley Olmsted Garden with one of our experienced Docents! Through close looking, as well as writing and drawing activities, students will come to better understand how the natural world has inspired artists, artisans, and designers throughout the region and across time.
The Museum gardens are not ADA accessible.
Navigating the Chattahoochee
Students will investigate the history of the lower Chattahoochee Valley from past to present by examining the material culture of the region. Through close looking and interactive, hands-on experiences in the galleries, this tour will develop students’ critical and creative thinking skills.
Look and Listen: Picture Books in the Museum
Picture books are often a child’s first introduction to visual art. Join us in the galleries as we draw connections between a carefully chosen children’s book and works from the permanent collection. Together, students will hone their observational skills while learning to think thematically.
We have a mystery to solve here at the Museum and we need your help! Look closely to uncover big ideas running throughout the collection. Supported by hands-on gallery activities and drama-based movement strategies, this tour is perfect for first-time visitors of all ages.
Examine how art and science are related at The Columbus Museum! Students will imagine new possibilities as they problem-solve, hypothesize, and experiment their way through the collection, building critical thinking and visual literacy skills along the way.
The Museum requires a 48-hour notice if you wish to cancel your tour. Groups that cancel with less than 48 hours notice will have their Museum privileges revoked for the remainder of the school year. Exceptions will be made for emergency situations.
In order to respond to high demand, we must limit each school to no more than one (1) group of up to sixty (60) students per day. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis only.
We strongly recommend one (1) chaperone for every ten (10) students. The Museum reserves the right to limit the number of adult chaperones participating in school group guided visits. If you are unable to meet the recommended number please notify the Museum.
If you wish to eat lunch on-site, you must provide the Museum with advance notice. There is limited indoor dining space that is subject to availability. There are ample outdoor spaces, but we cannot guarantee a backup location in case of inclement weather. Please note, not all outdoor locations are ADA compliant.
Nudity and Artwork
The Museum collects and displays artwork that celebrates the human form. Tours for grades K-5 will not feature such artwork as part of the focused tour discussion, but students may see them while moving around the galleries. If you have concerns about this, we strongly urge you to visit the museum prior to your scheduled field trip to view works on display, and then discuss specific concerns with us in advance.
The Columbus Museum’s Bus Fund was created to provide assistance for those schools that could not otherwise afford the opportunity to visit the Museum. Priority is given to (1) MCSD schools and (2) non-MCSD Title I Schools. All other requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are subject to the availability of funds. Self-guided tours are not eligible.
If your application is approved you will receive a confirmation via email.
MCSD: All transportation costs are covered by the Museum. However, teachers are still responsible for booking their own buses through MCSD’s transportation department.
Outside of MCSD: The Museum will cover up to $150 per date. (e.g. If a school outside of MCSD needs to split their field trip up over three different dates, the Museum will pay up to $450 to cover all three dates.) Teachers are responsible for booking their own buses.
For more information, contact our Academic Programs Manager Rachel Vogt at email@example.com