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School tour scheduling

School tours are available Tuesday through Friday 9:30am to 3:30pm. School tours of the Museum are FREE except for ticketed special exhibitions.

Please schedule at least three weeks in advance. Tour bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are two ways to schedule a free docent-led tour:

  1. Use our online request form.
  2. Contact the Museum’s Education Department by phone at 205.254.2964.

You will receive a response to your tour request within 5 business days.  Tours are not confirmed until you receive a confirmation letter by email.

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Current Exhibitions

The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection

  • Tour capacity: 30 people
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Age range: this exhibition is for all ages

Third Space: Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art

  • Tour capacity: 30 people
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Age range: this exhibition is for all ages, but the content of the exhibition correlates with 9 – 12 grade curriculum
  • Studio add-on: this tour has a limited addition studio component that can be booked in conjunction with the tour! If booking, we can accommodate up to 60 people (with 30 on the tour and 30 in the studio and switch after an hour).

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Tours for students by grade level

Click on a tour for details and to book.

Grades K – 2: Art Safari
70 visitor capacity // due to studio size, 60 student capacity if booking tour & studio combo

Grades 3 – 5: Color My World
60 visitor capacity

Grades 6 – 8: Crosscurrents of Culture
60 visitor capacity

Grades 9 – 12: European Masterpieces: The Grand Tour
75 visitor capacity // due to studio size, 60 student capacity if booking tour & studio combo

Grades 1 – 12: Museum Adventure
100 visitor capacity


Additional School Tours

  • BMA Your Way (Don’t see a tour that correlates to the needs of your classroom? With BMA Your Way, we’ll customize a tour to correlate to a specific subject or theme)
  • Visually Impaired Program

Studio add-on options for tours

The Museum offers hands-on art lessons for students. Book a studio option when you schedule a tour and discover how art comes alive in the hands of your students.

  • Each studio adds approximately one hour to the tour
  • Studios are limited to a maximum group size of 60 students
  • Studio options are available September through May

Click on the tour descriptions above to find out what studio add-on is offered with each tour!


Want to tour on your own?

Self-guided groups are welcome to visit the Museum on their own. Contact us at tours@artsbma.org to reserve your space at least three weeks in advance. Gallery space is limited.


Teacher Resources and Culture Cases

Bus Assistance

Important information about your tour

Special considerations for school groups