School Visits

School Programs Guide 2014-15

 

 

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 and 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.

NOTE: We will not accept reservation requests for the 2014-2015 school year until Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Any forms received before that date will have to be resubmitted.

 

Downloads
School Tours and Programs At a Glance
Reservation Request Form
Note: Reservations for 2014-2015 school year begin on September 2, 2014.

Scholarships

A limited number of partial program scholarships are available for schools in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). A limited number of bus scholarships are also available for both OUSD and Richmond public schools. To apply, download the forms and submit by fax or postal mail. Please note that reservation and scholarship requests are processed in the order they are received.

Scholarship Request Form
Bus Scholarship Request Form

 

 

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.

NOTE: We will not accept reservation requests for the 2014-2015 school year until Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Any forms received before that date will have to be resubmitted.
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

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
Times: Wednesday through Friday at 11 am, 12 pm, and 1 pm
Fee: $15 – docent tours for Oakland Unified schools (up to 30 students)
            $50 – docent tours for all other schools (up to 20 students); $70 for docent tours (21-30 students)

From July through September, docent-led tours are offered on a summer schedule. Schools, summer camps, and other youth groups can make a reservation for a docent-led tour of the Art, History, and Natural Science Galleries. 

To book a visit, submit a reservation request using the Book A School Tour form online or print out the Reservation Form PDF and fax or mail it in. A separate request for each teacher and visit is required. For more information, contact us at groups@museumca.org or 510-318-8470.

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

Self-Guided Visits    (Rates for July–September 2014)
Times: Wednesday through Friday mornings beginning at 11 am
Fee: $10 per class for Oakland Unified schools (up to 30 students)
           $30 per class for all other groups (up to 30 students)

Schools, summer camps, and other youth groups interested in scheduling self-guided visits should submit a reservation request online using the Book A School Tour form or print out the Reservation Form PDF and fax or mail it in. 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 groups@museumca.org, 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.

Black History Month programs at OMCA made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America.