Tours & Art Classes

Book your School Tour today! Email tours@bowers.org or call 714-567-3680.

Tours and art classes at the Bowers Museum are designed for grades K-12 and are available all year to accommodate school districts and school-site services with year-round schedules. These experiences provide unique opportunities for students to engage with cultural arts from around the world. Students enjoy an interactive, docent guided or self-guided tour of our permanent and/or changing exhibitions designed to explore critical thinking skills and promote cross-cultural understanding. As a part of their tour, students participate in a hands-on art class inspired by themes in our galleries that they are able to take home with them and share with their families.

/ Current Offerings

We are currently booking school tours for the months of March 2019 - June 2019

Arthur Beaumont: Art of the Sea
 

Guo Pei Art Project Tile

Suggested Grades 4+
Art project: Watercolor Resist

FREE Exhibition Catalogue Per School

Features a stunning array of watercolors capturing the grandeur of the sea and vessels that sail on it.

Dimensions of Form: Tamayo and Mixografia
 

California Bounty

Suggested Grades 4+
Art project: Printmaking

Fifty prints on loan from Mixografia studio in Los Angeles depicting silhouetted figures, celestial bodies, and the feathered serpent-god Quetzalcoatl illustrating Tamayo's uniquely Mexican style in form.

Families Around the World
 
 

January 23 Educator Open House Final

Suggested Grades K-1
Art project: Clay Totems

Explore how families from around the world celebrate, connect, and create!

Communities Around the World

Communities

Suggested Grades 1-2
Art project: Kula Necklace

Learn about how different cultures structure their communities!

First Californians
 

First Californians

Suggested Grades: 2-5
Art project: Native American Baskets

Explore how the first Californians life and art were shaped by their natural environment.

Californa Legacies: Mission & Ranchos

Missions and Ranchos

Suggested Grades: 3-5
Art Project: Cochineal Prints

Explore the history of Orange County and California from the early Spanish missions to the rancho settlements.

California Bounty: Image & Identity, 1850-1930

California Bounty

Suggested Grades: 3+
Art project: Plein Air Landscapes

Learn about the unique visual culture of California by exploring landscapes, portraiture, and still life!

Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy

Ancient Arts of China

Suggested Grades: 5+
Art Project: Watercolor Scrolls

Witness the incredible evolution of Chinese art and culture from the Neo-lithic Era to the last dynasty!

Spirits & Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands

Spirits and Headhunters

Suggested Grades: 6+
Art Project: Shields

Explore ceremonial masks, weapons of war, implements and vessels for feasting, and the art of personal admornment from the vast and diverse Pacific Islands!

School Tour and Art Projects

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Tours are 2-2.5 hours long
  • 1 Hour Private Docent-Led Tour
  • 30 Minute Break
  • 1 Hour Private Art Project
Pricing
  • $13 per Student/ $15 for Special Exhibitions
  • Free Chaperone (Parents/Guardians/Volunteers) per 10 Students
  • Teachers/Special Needs Aides Free
  • $6 Each Additional Chaperone/$8 for Special Exhibitions
Availability
  • Tuesday-Friday
  • School Tours start at 9:30 am each morning
  • Minimum of 15 Students; 70 Students Maximum Per Visit
  • If less than 15 students, $200 minimum payment

Scholarships

Scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis. Please fill out a tour request form to receive your scholarship application.