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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-318-8470.
Interested in a self-guided visit? Please refer to our summer rates for self-guided visits.
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 email@example.com, 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.