SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
Visiting the Muskegon Museum of Art is a great way to provide students with an opportunity to engage and connect with art. Students can explore the Museum’s permanent collection as well as the wide range of temporary exhibitions. K-12 school tours are always FREE.
PLAN A FIELD TRIP
Select a possible date for your visit. Choose a tour that works best for your group:
- 1. 2018-2019 School Tour Guide (PDF)
- Want something specific to fit your curriculum? Let us know and we will design it!
- 2. Call 231.720.2571 to schedule your tour. Please call at least two weeks in advance.
SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION FUND
A transportation fund has been created by generous MMA patrons to help area schools defer transportation costs associated with field trips to the Muskegon Museum of Art. After you have scheduled your tour, please fill out the application.
Transportation info and application
GUIDED GROUP TOURS FOR ADULTS
Enjoy a docent-guided tour for groups of eight or more. Group discount rate is available for groups of 20 or more. To make reservations, or for more information, please call 231.720.2577.
The MMA classroom can be reserved for special activities as a part of a tour experience if time and scheduling permit. Groups of 30 or fewer, please. Call 231.720.2571 to make arrangements.
The program, developed by Muskegon Museum of Art Assistant Director Cathy Mott, is based on a successful model developed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.. Studies have shown that stimulating mental activity combined with meaningful social interaction may lower the risks and rates of cognitive decline.
Cathy and Muskegon Museum of Art docents are trained in conducting these interactive themed private tours of 6 to 8 seated in close proximity to the artwork. These are not second-run pieces guests interact with, but world-renown art drawn from the core of our collection: Homer, Curry, Whistler, Tanner, and others. The docents use artwork to explore and discover new connections while drawing guests and their caregivers into a conversation about the art and its meaning to them by touching upon their own life experiences. Guests are not passive observers of a tour, but active participants, bringing their own perspectives and definitions to the experience.
Tours are conducted in the morning while the museum is closed to the public and when our guests are most alert and rested. They are limited to approximately 30 minutes in length to maximize the attentiveness of the participants.
The goal of Connecting Through Art is to contribute to meaningful engagement for and with our special guests. In a world of limited treatment options, physicians value these kinds of experiences which can build meaning and enrich memory as a vital component in a patient’s care regime.
• Small groups (6-8 guests)
• Private tours (tours conducted when the Museum is closed to the public)
• Three to four works of art per tour, in close proximity
• Themed tours • Chairs to sit on during the tour
• Discussion includes observation, description, interpretation, connection and summary