School Visits

Please use this form for all school group reservations including self-guided visits. Submit one form per teacher per visit. Required fields are denoted by an asterisk (*). Please write N/A for any required field that does not apply to your group.

School tours and programs for 2015–16 start October 1, 2015. Check back soon for information about schedules and registration.

Teacher's Information
Please enter the teacher's information who is requesting this tour.
School/Group Information
First Choice
Enter the subject of the tour (or enter self-guided) andfee.
Ex. November 9, 9:45
Ex. November 9, 9:45
Ex. November 9, 9:45
Second Choice
Should your first choice be unavailable, please provide a second choice for a tour/program.
Ex. November 9, 9:45
Ex. November 9, 9:45
Ex. November 9,9:45
Special Requirements

Please tell us if you need to book on the same day as another teacher, if your students have special needs, etc.


Payment information will be included in your confirmation letter.
School purchase orders are accepted from the Oakland Unified School District only.
Payment must be received within two weeks of receipt of confirmation letter.
For questions please call: 510-318-8470

Photo by: Dino Morrow. 2010.
Summer Visits (scheduling now through September 30, 2015)*
Docent Tour Times: Wednesday through Friday at 11 am, 12 pm, and 1 pm
Docent Tour Fees:
$30/Oakland K–12 groups (up to 30 students)
$75/non-Oakland K–12 groups (up to 20 students)
$100/non-Oakland K–12 groups (up to 34 students)

*School tours and programs for 2015–16 start October 1, 2015. Check back soon for information about schedules and registration.

During the summer, the Oakland Museum of California opens its doors to youth from schools, camps, and other programs around the Bay Area. Offerings include an array of tours in Art, History, and Natural Science, as well as self-guided visits.

To book a visit, submit an online reservation request. A separate request for each teacher and visit is required. For more information, contact us at or 510-318-8470.

Interested in a self-guided visit? Please refer to our summer rates for self-guided visits.

Self-Guided Visits    (Reservations required)
Times: Wednesday through Friday mornings beginning at 11 am
Fee: $25 Oakland K–12 school groups (up to 30 students)
            $60/ non-Oakland K–12 school groups (up to 20 students)
            $85 for all other groups (up to 30 students)
Drop-in Rates: (Reservations not required)
$2 per person/Oakland K–12 groups or summer camp affiliated with OUSD
$4 per person/non-Oakland K–12 groups
$6 per person non-Oakland summer camp or nonprofit

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 Art and History galleries.

Additional self-guided materials available upon request.

Q. Does OMCA accept Purchase Orders (POs)?
A. We accept POs only from Oakland Unified School District schools.
Q. What methods of payment does OMCA accept?
A. Field trips may be paid for by cash, credit card, or check.
Q. Can we get a refund if we cancel our field trip?
A. You must notify us 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, or call us at 510–318–8470. Due to high call volume 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 or Natural Sciences Galleries on your own, though on very busy days you may be asked to wait to enter. Groups without reserved tours in the Days of the Dead exhibition are not permitted to enter that exhibition until after 2:00.
Q. May I book docent tours of two galleries in one day?
A. No, we find that students cannot concentrate on a second docent–led tour. You are welcome to take the students through the second 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. 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 1/2 price admission 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 1:10 chaperone to student 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 Book a School Tour form. All other colleges and universities, please see our Group Visits information.


School tours and outreach made possible by Clorox  with support from Pacific Gas and Electric.