Plan Your Visit
When to Schedule
- Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance for guided tours.
- If you are visiting the museum with a school group but do not plan on taking a guided tour, please make a reservation. Reservations for self-guided tours must be made at least one week in advance, depending on availability.
- Our school tour reservation office is open Monday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm.
How to Schedule
- First, review tour listings to choose a field trip type then determine possible dates, and times before calling to make a reservation.
- Ensure that transportation is available for any possible dates before calling.
- To make a reservation, call 720-913-0130.
How to Prepare for Your Field Trip
- You will receive an e-mail confirmation letter/invoice, plus a map showing you the bus drop-off location, bus parking, and the school entrance.
- Look for Art of Chaperoning and Museum Manners in English and Spanish with your e-mail confirmation. To help ensure a quality experience for everyone please share this with teachers and chaperones BEFORE coming to the museum.
- If your tour is guided, one of the tour guides will call three to five days before your visit to confirm details about your tour(s).
- Divide your students into groups ahead of time according to the chaperone/student ratio listed for the tour you choose.
- Find lesson plans and resources related to your tour on this website, Creativity Resource for Teachers. Choose the Related Resources link for the tour you scheduled or search our Art Images and Lesson Plans tabs. Works of art on Creativity Resource may not currently be on display at the museum.
Payment & What to Do When You Arrive
- Payment is due upon arrival. Please collect the money ahead and pay for the whole group in one payment (credit card, check, or cash). We do not provide refunds.
- Buses park on Lincoln and Broadway between 14th and Colfax in the far right lanes. Cars can park at meters, in lots south of the museum, or in the Civic Center Cultural Complex Garage on Broadway. Enter the garage from 12th Avenue, just west of Broadway. These locations are marked on the map that you’ll receive with your confirmation letter. All parking requires fees.
- Arrive 15 minutes before the start time. For special exhibitions, arrive 30 minutes before start time. If you arrive earlier, please wait outside.
- You will enter through the school entrance which is the silver tube doorway of the North Building (the castle-looking building) on 14th Avenue Parkway. You will receive a map with your confirmation letter that will show you the school entrance as well as bus drop-off and bus parking locations.
- Check in with the tour receptionist, who will show you where to put your stuff and where to meet your museum tour guides.
- We have plastic bins for lunches and cloth bins for coats. Both bins will be labeled with your school’s name for easy retrieval. If at all possible, please leave backpacks on the bus. The museum is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Take anything valuable with your or put it in a locker.
Lunches, Photography, Sketching, etc.
- You may take pictures of objects that belong to the museum. You may not take pictures of objects in special exhibitions or on loan to the museum. No flash is permitted. You will see a “no photography” icon next to any objects or galleries for which photography is not permitted. You may also ask the museum guide or the officer giving the security talk for more information. In the galleries any security officer can tell you if the museum owns an object or not.
- You can sketch in most areas of the museum. You must use black graphite pencil and 11×14″ paper. No pens or clipboards. We have strong cardboard to use as backing.
- The museum has no lunchroom for students. Parks around the museum are great places for a picnic. Some groups may want to eat on the bus.
- All of our programs are available for all students. Please inform the reservationist of any special needs your students, chaperones, or teachers have.
If you need to cancel on the day of your tour, call our security office at 720-865-5005. If it is before the day of your tour, call the school tour reservationist at 720-913-0130.
Scholarship & Bus Funding
The Denver Art Museum offers tour scholarships for school groups. We also have partial funding for bus transportation for schools in the SCFD (Scientific and Cultural Facilities District). Funds are limited and available on a first-come/first-served basis and as needs are demonstrated. Funds are only available for schools with confirmed reservations.
Download the PDF, fill out and e-mail it to the museum at email@example.com. Instructions are on the form. You will be notified by e-mail about your scholarship.
Bus funding is limited and available on a first-come/first-served basis and as needs are demonstrated. Only schools within the seven SCFD counties are eligible for bus funding: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson counties.
Download the PDF, fill out and e-mail it to the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructions are on the form. You will be notified by e-mail about your bus funding.
If you still have questions, contact the DAM by e-mailing email@example.com.
Teacher Art Mail
Be among the first to hear about the newest opportunities for schools and teachers. Sign up for our free Teacher Art Mail e-newsletter by selecting School & Teacher Programs and get four–six e-newsletters a year. Teachers also can buy discounted museum memberships, with several benefits including receiving a bimonthly member newsletter about everything happening at the museum.