University Groups

Tour Topics

Guidelines
Please don’t forget to review our general guidelines for group visits to the museum.

Tours of the David Owsley Museum of Art can be designed to fit your group's specific needs and interests or to relate to current classroom topics. Those who benefit from our institutional tours include:

  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • History
  • Honors College
  • Modern Languages and Classics
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • School of Art
  • Teachers College
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Virginia Ball Center

Schedule a Tour

If you would like to view specific works of art or exhibitions, or if your students will be given an assignment related to their museum visit, please let us know ahead of time (use the special instructions area of the online request form). If there is a certain artwork you wish to use, we highly recommend you check the work of art is on view as anticipated. You are also welcome to schedule a pre-visit appointment with a staff member to discuss your planned activity.

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Note

If you must cancel your scheduled visit for any reason, please notify the museum, by phone call, as soon as possible.


Tour Topics

Guidelines
Please don’t forget to review our general guidelines for group visits to the museum.

Tours of the David Owsley Museum of Art can be designed to fit your group's specific needs and interests or to relate to current classroom topics.

Schedule a Tour

If you would like to view specific works of art or exhibitions, or if your students will be given an assignment related to their museum visit, please let us know ahead of time (use the special instructions area of the online request form). If you there is a certain artwork you wish to use, we highly recommend you check the work of art is on view as anticipated. You are also welcome to schedule a pre-visit appointment with a staff member to discuss your planned activity.

Schedule Now

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Note

If you must cancel your scheduled visit for any reason, please notify the museum, by phone call, as soon as possible.


Group Visit Guidelines

Preparing for Your Visit

It is important to prepare your students by reviewing the museum visit guidelines with them. Please share the information with all teachers and adults who will be accompanying the students.

Students will be greeted and given a brief introduction to the museum. Most groups will be greeted in the Sculpture Court; however, this is subject to change depending on the size of the group and nature of the visit. Please check your tour confirmation message for more information.

  • Clipboards and pencils for writing and sketching will be provided as needed. Pens and markers are not to be used in the galleries.
  • No drinking, eating, or chewing gum during the museum visit.
  • Non-flash photography, for personal use, is permitted in the galleries with the exception of special exhibition areas. Consult a docent or museum guard for more information.
  • Coats, purses, backpacks, and umbrellas must be placed in the coatroom or in cubbies in the coatroom.
  • For safety, and to preserve the collection, we ask all visitors to not touch or lean against works of art and display cases in the galleries. Human hands can transfer dirt and oils to delicate surfaces, leading to damage over time.
  • We reserve the right to ask a student who is not following the guidelines to not participate in the class visit. We will ask a teacher or chaperone to stay with the student near the museum entrance until the visit is over.

Teachers and chaperones should be present during the visit and are expected to assist with activities and student behavior as needed. We request at least one adult be present for every 10 students.

Designate a lead teacher or chaperone who will meet with tour leaders upon arrival to review the tour plan and any logistical issues.

Plan to arrive no later than 5 minutes of the scheduled tour time. Volunteers lead tours; we do not require them to wait more than 15 minutes for a group to arrive, although many of them will if their schedule allows. Any group arriving later might forfeit the opportunity for a guided tour. Please contact Cathy Bretz if you encounter an unexpected delay.

School buses may drop off students in the pull-off area near the Riverside Avenue entrance to the Fine Arts Building. Bus parking is available directly south of the Student Center, along College Avenue (near the Student Center Parking Garage). For more information on where to park, please contact Parking Services.

Public restrooms are on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building, near the museum entrance and at the west end of the third floor. Additional restrooms are centrally located near the vending machines on the first floor. As our restroom facilities are limited, please encourage students to take a restroom break before traveling to the museum.

For school groups only: Limited bag-lunch facilities are available. Reservations must be made in advance at the request of Museum of Art staff on behalf of the group and are subject to availability.

If you would like to reserve bag-lunch space for your group, contact Cathy Bretz.

For groups wishing to purchase meals, dining options are available across campus. Two food courts are in easy walking distance (5-10 minutes) of the museum: The Atrium in the Art and Journalism Building and the Tally in the Student Center. Find locations and hours.

Elevators are always available. Two weeks’ advanced notice is requested to reserve an individual program or accessibility services. When requesting an accessibility service, please specify the mode of communication required (e.g., for sign language: ASL, PSE, or Signed Language). For visitors who are blind or have low vision, we offer docent-led tours. Sign language interpreters can be made available for tours, public programs, or evening lectures with advance notice. Service animals are welcome.