School Visits

Fulfill Curricular Goals

Making Connections

Students who attend a field trip to an art museum experience an increase in critical thinking skills of 9 percent of a standard deviation, an increase in historical empathy of 6 percent of a standard deviation, and an improvement in tolerance of 7 percent of a standard deviation. Students from rural or high-poverty regions had even larger gains, of 18 percent of a standard deviation in critical thinking, 15 percent in historical empathy, and 13 percent in tolerance. – Results of a 2001 study titled “The Educational Value of Field Trips” by University of Arkansas researchers Jay Greene, Brian Kisida, and Daniel Bowen.

Schools and student groups from our community and throughout our region schedule visits to SAM during the school year and summer. School visits are uniquely customized to make connections between our current exhibitions and the students’ existing curricular goals.

Scheduling a Visit

All School Visits must be scheduled with the Director of Education in advance. They are scheduled with preference for Thursdays and Fridays. Please have more than one potential date in mind. Unscheduled groups may be turned away at the door if there is a conflict with a scheduled visit.

Buses may drop off and pick up students at the front entrance on Third Street, no earlier than 10:00 am. All school vehicles may park in the free lot behind the museum on James and Calder Streets for the entirety of the visit.

Rescheduling visits require at least 48-hour notice.

What Constitutes a School Visit?

A docent-led tour of the museum with a focus at least one of the exhibitions on view. A hands-on art educational activity which reflects a technique, style or concept that derives from the exhibition(s) visited

How Long does a visit last?

Between 80 – 120 minutes, depending on the age, development or number of students visiting. However, the length of the visit is also adaptable to accommodate the school’s schedule. Midtown destinations that are within walking distance, including the Broad Street Market, provide groups with lunchtime options. When available, the Education Center may be used to eat bag lunches (for a fee which includes set up, breakdown and trash removal).

Virtual School Visit

In response to Covid-19 concerns, the museum can provide a Virtual School Visit with students, through the use of Zoom. If you would like this alternative to an in-person visit, please contact the Director of Education at


The cost of a school visit is $5 per student. Teachers are not charged during school visits.

In order to secure the date of your visit, you must pay a 50% deposit when you schedule the visit. This deposit is NON-refundable; however, it is transferrable towards a rescheduled visit. The remainder of your admission is due upon arrival. When you arrive, please check in at the front desk. The attendant will accept cash, credit, or check.

Any additional rental fees are also due upon arrival. These include fees for venue usage or additional programmatic components, such as the VanGo! Museum on Wheels!

Advanced payment by invoice: the museum can provide an invoice to a school district for the total cost of the visit. (Refunds cannot be issued on the day of the visit.)

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