Self-Guided Visits 2021–2022

Explore California art, history, and natural sciences in our galleries and special exhibitions with your students and chaperones. Self-guided school groups have access to all galleries and exhibitions. On busy days, your group may be asked to wait to enter special exhibitions and other busy galleries.


We are currently sold out of self-guided school group visits. Please consider adding yourself to our waitlist; if a visit opens up that matches your request, we will contact you to make your reservation.

If you need to reschedule or cancel your visit, please contact at least two weeks before your scheduled visit to receive a refund.

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Self-guided groups are welcome to visit any of the following galleries and special exhibitions:

Gallery of California Art
Follow the story of the Golden State’s creative evolution through the themes of California Land, California People, and California Creativity in the Gallery of California Art. View works from all disciplines—from paintings and sculpture to new media. Students discover their role in California’s lineage of creativity and expression as they make connections between the state’s best known artists and their own lives. Student guides for grades 3–5 are available in our Teacher Resources.

Gallery of California History
Uncover the many stories of Coming to California in the Gallery of California History. Explore the impact and legacy of our state’s diverse population and its enduring influence on our individual and collective identities through engaging artifacts, anecdotes, and interactives. Student guides for grades 4–11 are available in our Teacher Resources.

Gallery of California Natural Sciences
Get a fresh focus on California’s natural history in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Investigate seven regions depicting the rich diversity of climate, geology, habitats, ecosystems, and wildlife in California, and learn about current research, contemporary issues of land use, environmental conflict, and conservation projects in our biologically-unique state. Student Guides for grades 3–4 are available in our Teacher Resources.

To see what new and special exhibitions we have on-view, check out our exhibitions page.