School Visits

School Programs Guide 2015–16

Every year, the Oakland Museum of California opens its doors to school groups around the Bay Area with an array of tours and programs designed for specific grade levels that comply with California state curriculum standards. The School Programs Guide below provides teachers with the full range of OMCA offerings for the current school year. If you have questions, contact us at groups@museumca.org or call 510-318-8470.

 

 

Scholarships

To apply for a school visit or bus transportation scholarship, download the appropriate PDF form and submit it via fax or mail as soon as possible after booking your school tour or program.

Downloads
Tours and Programs Scholarship Application

Bus Transportation Scholarship Application

 

2015–16 School Group Offerings At-A-Glance

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Programs
Reserve Online Programs (Fabulous 49ers, Days of the Dead, and Black History Month)
Self-Guided Visits

TOURS

Fees
$30/Oakland class (up to 34 students)
$75/non-Oakland class (up to 20 students)
$100/non-Oakland class (21–34 students)

Gallery of California Art Tours*

California Art for Young Children (Grades K–2)
A Look at California Art (Grades 3–12)
The Art of the Gold Rush and Early California (4–12)
California Photography (Grades 8–12)
*Limited dates October 7 through March 18 in the Gallery of California Art.

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Gallery of California History Tours**

California Families (Grades 2–3)
Transportation in California (Grades 2–12)
Gallery at a Glance (Grades 4–12)
History of Early California (Grades 4–5)
California Indians (Grades 4–5)
California Missions/Ranchos (Grades 4–5)
Gold Rush (Grades 4–5)
Coming to California (Grades 4–12)
**Limited dates March 23 through June 3 in the Gallery of California History.

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Gallery of California Natural Sciences Tours***

Changing California (Grades 3–6)
Plant and Animal Homes (Grades K–6)
What’s for Dinner? (Grades K–­6)
Bees Tour (Grades K–6)
***Limited dates March 30 through June 3 in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences.

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PROGRAMS

Fees
$170/Oakland class
$200/non-Oakland class

ASH! Making Art from the Land (Grades K–6)

Dates: October 7–January 15
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Times: 9:30 am–12:30 pm (includes a 30 to 60 minute break)

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California Indian Lifeways (Grades 4–5)

Dates: October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30; November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19; December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17
Days: Thursday and Friday
Times: 11 am–1:45 pm (includes a 30-minute lunch break); 12–2:30 pm (does not include a lunch break)

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Profile Pictures: Exploring Identity Through Portraits (Grades 2–6)

Dates: January 20–March 18
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Times: 9:30 am–12:30 pm (includes a 30 to 60 minute break)

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Under the Sea (Grades 2–5)

Dates: March 30–June 3
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Times: 9:45 am–12:15 pm (includes either a 15 or 30 minute break)

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PROGRAMS/TOURS RESERVE ONLINE

Prices below are per person for all students, teachers, and adult chaperones. Please estimate the number of chaperones expected to accompany your group when submitting your request.

Those Fabulous 49ers (Grades 4–5)

Dates: March 23–June 3
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Times: 9:30 am–11:45 am (includes a 30-minute break); 9:45 am–11:30 am (does not include a break); 12 pm–2 pm (does not include a break)

Fees
$1/person for Oakland classes
$3.25/person for non-Oakland classes
Gold Panning Workshop: $100/class (up to 34 students)

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Black History Month Performance (Grades K–8)

Dates: February 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Times: 10 am for grades K–3
11:30 am for grades 4–8 (no 11:30 am performances on February 17, 18, 24)

Fees
$3/person for Oakland classes
$4/person for non-Oakland classes

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Days of the Dead Tour (Grades K–12)

Dates: October 14–December 11, 2015
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Times: 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm

Fees
$1/person for Oakland classes
$3.25/person for non-Oakland classes

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SELF-GUIDED VISITS

Reserved self-guided visits

Fees
$25/Oakland K–12 school groups (up to 34 students)
$60/non-Oakland K–12 school groups (up to 20 students)
$85/non-Oakland K–12 school groups (up to 34 students)

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Drop-in admission without a reserved self-guided visit:

Fees
$3/person for Oakland K–12 school groups
$4/person for non-Oakland K–12 school groups

 

Self-Guided Visits

Reserved self-guided visits

Fees
$25/Oakland K–12 school groups (up to 34 students)
$60/non-Oakland K–12 school groups (up to 20 students)
$85/non-Oakland K–12 school groups (up to 34 students)

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Drop-in admission without a reserved self-guided visit:

Fees
$3/person for Oakland K–12 school groups
$4/person for non-Oakland K–12 school groups

Schools, summer camps, and other youth groups interested in scheduling self-guided visits should submit a reservation request online. We are able to schedule a maximum of 3 self-guiding classes or up to 90 students per day to visit the galleries.

Docent-led tours have the right of way in the galleries. In order to avoid congestion in the galleries, you may be asked to start in a less crowded area of the gallery. If you are bringing more than one class you may be asked to start your visit in different galleries. Be sure to check out OMCA's online curriculum materials for the Galleries of California Art and History.

Additional self-guided materials available upon request.

FAQs

Q. How do I sign up for Days of the Dead, Black History Month, and Fabulous 49ers?

A. Click here to sign up for Days of the Dead, Black History Month, and Fabulous 49ers. In this school year, 2015–16, we are testing a new online registration system for these programs only. For all other tours and programs, click here.

Q. How do I pay for Days of the Dead, Black History Month, or Fabulous 49ers using the new online registration system?

A. A credit card payment will be required at the time of registration. If you are awarded a scholarship, that amount will be refunded at a later date.

Q. Does OMCA accept Purchase Orders (POs)?

A. We accept POs only from Oakland Unified District schools. For Days of the Dead, Black History Month, and Fabulous 49ers, the new online registration system requires a credit card.

Q. What methods of payment does OMCA accept?

A. Field trips may be paid for by cash, credit card, or check. For Days of the Dead, Black History Month, and Fabulous 49ers, the new online registration system requires a credit card.

Q. Can we get a refund if we cancel our field trip?

A. You must notify OMCA four weeks in advance if you wish to cancel your tour and receive a refund. If you cancel with less than four weeks’ notice and we have not received payment, you will still be required to pay the amount owed.

Q. Can we change our tour time or date after we have booked a trip?

A. All changes to your tour booking are subject to availability. To request a change please contact us by email at groups@museumca.org, or call us at 510-318-8470. Due to high call volumes during the early fall booking period, our response time may be longer.

Q. May we visit another gallery on our own after our scheduled tour?

A.
You may visit the Art, History, and Natural Sciences galleries on your own, though on very busy days you may be asked to wait to enter. Groups without reserved tours for the Días de los Muertos exhibition are not permitted to enter that exhibition until after 2 pm.

Q. May I book more than one Docent tour in one day?

A. No, school groups are limited to one Docent-led tour per day. You are welcome to take the students through another gallery for a self-guided visit, subject to the constraints noted above.

Q. How much time should we allow for our visit?

A.
 A gallery tour is usually about 45 minutes long. Check the appropriate section of the School Programs Guide for information on the length of specific programs. You may plan to eat lunch or a snack in the Museum gardens before or after your tour.

Q. How many chaperones are required for my group?

A.
 The Oakland Museum of California requires a minimum of one chaperone for every ten K–12 students. We ask that you limit chaperones to no more than one for every four students. Extra chaperones will be asked to pay half price admission ($7.50) on arrival.

Q. Do I have to bring chaperones if I am bringing high school students?

A.
 Yes. Students in K–12 grades need to be with their chaperones at all times while visiting the Museum. The same one-chaperone-to-ten-students ratio is required. Chaperones must be over 18 and not attending a K–12 school.

Q. How do I book my class of university students for a tour?

A.
 East Bay community college teachers may use 
the School Tour Reservation Form to book a tour and will be charged the K–12 school group rates. All other college and university groups will be charged the college group rate if booked in advance. To check availability or to make a reservation, email groups@museumca.org.

Q. How should I prepare my class and chaperones for a visit to the museum?

A. Please review our Group Leaders’ Guide and share the information with your group.

 

School programs and tours made possible in part by generous support from The Clorox Company, Kaiser Permanente, and U.S. Bank.