Information for Educators Bringing a Group to the Museum

August 22, 2016


How to Plan for Your ASM Visit

Location and Parking

Arizona State Museum is located just inside the Main Gate of the University of Arizona on the northeast corner of University Blvd. and Park Ave.

Groups meet on the steps in front of the museum's north building. Buses may unload students in front of the museum, park in the designated area, and return for students at the end of the tour. Buses may not park in front of the museum during the tour. Bus parking must be arranged through UA Parking and Transportation Services at 520-621-3710. Parking reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance.

Park cars at one of two nearby garages, at 2nd St. and Euclid Ave. and Tyndall Ave. and University Blvd. The cost is $2.00 per hour. Max $8.00.

Chaperones and Teachers

Chaperones are a must! We require three chaperones, including teachers or parents, for each class, or 1 adult per 8 children. Self-Guided visits are free for students and $5 per chaperone/teacher. These visits must be pre-scheduled.

Lunch and Snacks

Food and drinks are not allowed in the museum. However, we can store your lunches in our lunchroom, and your class is welcome to eat on the museum’s lawn. UA’s Student Union is about a block away and has a variety of food vendors, but be forewarned that it is often crowded during lunch break.

The Day of the Tour

Please arrive on time. We are unable to accommodate any group that arrives more than 15 minutes late.

  • A minimum of three adult chaperones must accompany each class (1 per 8 students). Chaperones are responsible for discipline and should be familiar with the student behavior guidelines outlined below.
  • Please have students wear name tags. This improves communication with students and your chaperone’s ability to discipline them.
  • Classes may be divided into small groups for visiting the exhibit gallery. Before you arrive, please assign your students and chaperones to their groups.
  • Five minutes before your scheduled tour time, please organize your students into their groups and wait outside to the left of the museum stairs. The museum's coordinator will greet you here.
  • If you arrive very early, we suggest you take a walking tour of campus or play on the museum lawn. Please do not allow students to congregate on the museum walkway and block the museum entrance.

Restrooms are available in the building.

"Native Goods" Museum Store

Most teachers find it best to keep students out of the small museum store with its many delicate art works. However, students can enjoy the store 6 at a time, with an adult chaperone.

Before Your Visit

Guidelines to discuss with your group:

To ensure a productive, enjoyable visit, we ask that teachers and students review the following museum behavior guidelines before coming to the museum.

  1. Museum behavior is very similar to classroom behavior — students are expected to be polite and calm, use low voices, walk (no running or rough-housing), and to take turns talking and sharing objects.
  2. Enjoy our “Please Touch” exhibit areas, but please do not touch exhibit panels, photomurals, or paintings. These are costly to repair or replace.
  3. Food and drinks are not allowed in the museum. Lunches and water bottles can be stored in the lobby area during your tour.
  4. If you take notes during the tour, use pencils only.
  5. Classes are divided into small groups to go through the exhibit gallery. Students will be assigned to a group and a specific adult chaperone by their teacher and must remain with that adult and follow their directions at all times.
  6. Galleries are monitored by video cameras for your safety and security.
  7. Many objects in museums are rare and cannot be replaced — please be very careful in exhibit areas.
  8. Museums are for life-long learners! We hope our exhibits inspire you to think, to care, and to act. We want you to come back often to the Arizona State Museum to learn more about what interests you — and bring your families!

Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy your visit!