Mark Your Calendars for 2019–20 School Tours
LACMA will begin accepting school tour reservations for the 2019–20 school year on Tuesday, July 16, at 9 am. Seven tours of special exhibitions will be offered throughout the year. Tours for students in grades 1–5 will last 60 minutes and will begin at 10:30 am. Tours for students in grades 6–12 will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on the exhibition and will begin at 11 am.
Tour Sign-up Dates
This year we will open reservations over the course of three days from July 16 to July 18. Sign-up dates are listed below. Visit schooltours.lacma.org to make your reservations.
Tuesday, July 16
- Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art (Grades 1–5)—offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from September 23 to December 6, 2019
- Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge (Grades 9–12)—offered Tuesday and Thursday from October 8 to December 5, 2019
Wednesday, July 17
- The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China (Grades 6–12)—offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from September 16 to December 6, 2019
- Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying (Grades 6–12)—offered Tuesday and Thursday from February 25 to May 14, 2020
Thursday, July 18
- Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific (Grades 1–5)—offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from January 13 to May 22, 2020
- Julie Mehretu (Grades 6–12)—offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from January 13 to May 15, 2020
- Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera (Grades 5–8)—offered Monday and Friday from March 30 to May 22, 2020
LACMA-funded buses are available for teachers at Title 1 schools in L.A. County. In an effort to serve as many schools as possible, LACMA will award no more than five buses to a single school and no more than 10 buses to a consortium of schools. If your school is eligible, teachers may receive one free passenger bus a year for a group of at least 50 students. Teachers are not able to request buses for other teachers—the teacher making the request must be coming on the trip.
To request a LACMA-funded bus, check the box in the Transportation section of the online reservation form. If bus funding is no longer available when you make your reservation, you may join the waitlist by checking the appropriate box. To accommodate the staggered sign-up dates, buses will be awarded through a lottery system. Eligible reservations requesting a LACMA-funded bus made through 12 pm on Friday, July 19, will be assigned a number, and numbers will be randomly selected. Those who are not selected through the lottery will be moved to the waitlist. LACMA education staff will notify teachers who receive a LACMA-funded bus no later than Friday, August 9.
This fall, the permanent collection galleries will be closed to the public in preparation for the construction of the new proposed building for the permanent collection designed by Peter Zumthor, which is expected to open by the end of 2023. Select works from LACMA’s collection will be on view in upcoming exhibitions in BCAM and the Resnick Pavilion. Though the exhibitions will change throughout the years, what will remain is our emphasis on dialogue, deep looking, and critical thinking through direct encounters with original works of art from a broad range of cultures and historical periods.