K-12 Student Visit Information

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I schedule a school visit to the DMA?
What is the difference between a docent-guided tour and a self-guided visit?
What types of docent-guided tours are available?
Why are docent-guided tours available before the Museum opens?
What are the fees associated with a visit to the DMA?
How many chaperones do I need?
Where should we park our school bus/charter bus/oversized van?
Where can my students eat lunch?
Can we bring our sack lunches/coolers/backpacks into the Museum?
Can we order box lunches from the DMA's Cafe?
Can my students take pictures/sketch/write essays during their visit?
What do I do if I have to cancel or reschedule my visit?
More information and resources

 

How do I schedule a school visit to the DMA?
To schedule a visit, follow these four easy steps:
STEP 1: Decide if you would like a docent-guided tour or a self-guided visit.
STEP 2: Choose a few dates that work best for you. Make sure you double-check testing dates, holidays, and bus availability before requesting a visit.
STEP 3: Submit the Docent-Guided Tour Request Form or the Self-Guided Visit Request Form. This should be done at least three weeks before your visit date. For docent-guided tours, we recommend requesting at least six weeks in advance.
STEP 4: You will receive e-mail confirmation of your scheduled dated and time within approximately three to five business days of submitting a request form.

 

What is the difference between a docent-guided tour and a self-guided visit?
Docent-guided tours are one hour long and allow students to form meaningful connections with works of art through close looking and interactive gallery experiences. Led by trained volunteers, these visits encourage critical and creative thinking while addressing all learning styles. A typical docent-guided tour includes five or six works of art and is presented appropriately for each group's grade level and subject interest. Tours are also aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Docent-guided tours are available Tuesday-Friday from September 22, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Docent-guided tours are offered on the hour starting at 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

A self-guided visit allows students and chaperones to independently explore the Museum's collection galleries or special exhibitions as quickly or as slowly as they would like. This option is available whenever the Museum is open: Tuesday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Thursdays, self-guided visits are available from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

What types of docent-guided tours are available?
We have LOTS of different docent-guided tours available that relate to many aspects of what your students are learning in the classroom. You can choose a special exhibition, a tour created for a specific grade level, or even a location in the world or a specific time period! And if one of these tours isn't quite right, you can choose a custom tour option and tell us what you're looking for.

 

Why are docent-guided tours available before the Museum opens?
Docent-guided tours can be scheduled one hour before the Museum opens to the public because one of our trained Museum representatives or staff members will be with your students throughout the entire tour in the galleries. Since self-guided visits do not have a volunteer or staff presence, they cannot be scheduled until the Museum is open at 11:00 a.m.

 

What are the fees associated with a visit to the DMA?
The Dallas Museum of Art offers free general admission to our permanent collection!
For docent-guided tours: If your tour is scheduled more than three weeks in advance, the fees for the docents as well as any special exhibition tickets (if applicable to your guided tour) will be waived.
For self-guided visits: Student groups must still schedule their visit at least three weeks in advance to secure a place on our calendar. If you are interested in viewing a paid exhibition for free, you must request this on your original form at least three weeks before. With less than three weeks' notice, students will have to pay the ticket price to visit a special exhibition.

 

How many chaperones do I need to bring?
One adult chaperone is required for every ten students for both docent-guided tours and self-guided visits. If there are not enough chaperones available upon arrival, your visit to the DMA may have to be canceled on the spot. Not having enough chaperones for your students is both a safety concern for your students as well as a safety concern for the Museum and the art on display. Chaperones must stay with their students until their visit is over, including docent-guided tours.

 

Where should we park our school bus/charter bus/oversized van?
Buses are granted free parking on Harwood Street along the right curb between Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Flora Street. Bus parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum security and the Dallas Police Department require that bus drivers stay with the buses while the students are in the Museum.
If anyone in your group is coming by car, parking is available in the Museum's underground garage for a flat rate of $10 per car. DMA Members park free!

 

Where can student groups eat lunch?
Student groups bringing sack lunches are welcome to eat in the DMA's outdoor Sculpture Garden. The Museum does not have an indoor eating facility for students if there is inclement weather. Another popular option is Klyde Warren Park, located across the Woodall Rodgers Freeway access road from the Museum.

 

Can we bring our sack lunches/coolers/backpacks into the Museum?
All outside food including sack lunches and lunch boxes should stay on the bus or in cars during your visit to the DMA. Backpacks, coats, and umbrellas should stay on the bus, but we do have a coat check located near the main Visitor Services Desk for keeping teacher items safe during your visit.

 

Can we order box lunches from the DMA Cafe?
Absolutely! Reservations are required for groups of fifteen or more. Call 214-922-1859 or e-mail atriumcafe@DMA.org for menu options, pricing, and reservations. Atrium Cafe Box Lunches Order Form.pdf

 

Can my students take pictures/sketch/write essays during their visit?
Absolutely! Photography is allowed in the Museum's permanent collection without a flash; however, photography is not allowed in special exhibitions.
Sketching and writing are permitted in the galleries with graphite and pencils only.

 

What do I do if I have to cancel or reschedule my visit?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your visit, please e-mail tours@DMA.org as soon as possible.
If you have a docent-guided tour and you have to cancel on the day of your visit, please e-mail tours@DMA.org AND call the Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs at 214-922-1842 as soon as possible. This is so we can contact the volunteers assigned to your tour and let them know they are no longer needed.

 

More information.
If you would like to learn more about K-12 programs and visiting the Dallas Museum of Art, please sign up to receive our monthly Educator Newsletter. Click here to sign up and check the "Information for Teachers" box. 

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