Plan Your Field Trip

General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE for all youth ages 18 and under every day, including school field trips and other youth group visits. Additionally, transportation funding assistance may be available for designated Title I schools.

About Field Trips

Ignite your students’ curiosity and enhance your classroom curriculum. School tours explore human creativity from the Stone Age to the present, engaging students in hands-on activities and lively thought-provoking conversations. All tours address Colorado Academic Standards and 21st Century Skills.

Advance Reservations are Required for School & Summer Groups

For the time being, we are suspending field trip reservations while the museum is closed. For more information please read our official statement on COVID-19. We look forward to welcoming you back to explore our galleries and experience our programming at a future date.

Pre-K students learning about art through movement on a Creative Explorers field trip at the Denver Art Museum

Early Childhood Field Trips

Storytelling, artmaking, movement, and tactile activities inspire pre-K students (ages 3–5) to experience art in a new way.

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Elementary school students exploring art during a field trip at the Denver Art Museum

Elementary School Field Trips

Students in grades K–5 can spark creative thinking by exploring art across cultures and time. Tours include participatory games, hands-on activities, close looking, and collaboration.

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High School students exploring Western American art during a field trip at the Denver Art Museum

Middle & High School Field Trips

Through interactive, multi-sensory tours, students in grades 6–12 will be transported to another time and place as they explore creative ideas seen in the DAM's global art collection.

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Students on a field trip about design and architecture at the Denver Art Museum

Special Exhibition Field Trips

Explore our temporary exhibitions through these unique offerings. Our 2019 special exhibition fieldtrips include:

  • Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature
  • Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington
  • Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom
  • Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection
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Buzzbee, the school field trip check-in location.
Denver Art Museum School Field Trip Parking Map


  • School Group Reception will now be taking place outside on Martin Plaza. Upon arrival, your school will need to STAY SEATED on the bus until a DAM staff member greets you. If you are driving personal vehicles, you will check in at Buzzbee, our new School Group Reception Hub.
  • Please be sure you bring your ITINERARIES for each of your small groups, as these will act as your tickets into the museum.  Please contact Group Services at if you need assistance with these.
  • Please LEAVE back packs at school or on the bus, as these are not allowed in the museum and storage space is very limited.
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My Visit to the Denver Art Museum social story with exterior photograph of the Hamilton Building


These social stories provide visual and written information about various social interactions, situations, behaviors, and concepts students will experience at the museum. They can be helpful in preparing teachers, chaperones, and students with their visit to the museum.

Download a PDF version of My Visit to the Denver Art Museum in English and in Spanish.

Details for Your Field Trip

Advance reservations are required for all school visits and must be made at least three weeks in advance, pending availability. All tours have limited capacity.

For more information, contact Group Services at 720-913-0088 (Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm) or email

To qualify for the pricing below, tickets must be reserved in advance.


Free for Kids funds free general admission for youth ages 18 and under, and discounted youth pricing for special ticketed exhibitions.
  • General admission field trips and youth group visits: FREE for students
  • Special Ticketed Exhibitions: $5 per student


  • Chaperone tickets within the required ratio of 1 chaperone per 10 students: FREE (funded by the museum)
  • Additional chaperones are encouraged to attend and will receive the discounted group rate.

Transportation funding assistance is available.

To apply for transportation assistance, complete a Scholarship Transportation Application. Once an application has been submitted, you will receive confirmation of receipt. Notification of award is made within two weeks. The Denver Art Museum scholarship transportation can fund up to 90% of transportation costs and determined by need on a first-come, first-serve basis.


  • You will receive an email confirmation upon completion of your reservation. This will include important details about the logistics of your field trip, including drop-off information, where to park, and how to enter the museum, along with a School Field Trip Map. 
  • The confirmation email also will include The Art of Chaperoning & Museum Manners Guide. To ensure a quality experience for everyone, please share these documents with all attending chaperones and teachers to review BEFORE coming to the museum.
  • Read your confirmation to make sure the tour date and time is correct, and that you understand the logistical information. Email to make any changes. 
  • You will receive a confirmation call from a staff member 5-7 days before your visit to confirm details about your tour(s). 


General Admission Tour & Visits

  • Creative Explorers requires 1 adult chaperone for every 5 students.
  • Imagination Games & Skills requires 1 adult chaperone for every 8 students.
  • All other tours require at least 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students.
  • A maximum of 3 adult chaperones is allowed for every 10 students. These chaperones receive free general admission.

Special Ticketed Tour & Visits

  • 1 adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. These chaperones receive free admission.
  • Additional chaperones are encouraged to attend and will receive the discounted group rate.

Dividing Student Groups

  • Guided Tours: Divide your students into small groups ahead of time according to the information you receive in your confirmation call (which you will receive 5-7 days prior to your visit).

For Your Classroom

Find teaching resources related to your visit on each field trip page and by exploring teaching resources on Creativity Resource.

Arrival & Check-In Instructions


  • Buses drop off students at 12th Avenue and Acoma Street, next to the large bronze sculpture Scottish Angus Cow and Calf.
  • STAY SEATED on buses until a staff member greets you and provides instruction.
  • Buses can park on the west side of Acoma Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. The city provides this free parking. Space is limited.


  • Cars can park at meters, in public parking lots, or in the Civic Center Cultural Complex Garage (enter on 12th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock). Car parking requires fees. Learn more about location and parking.
  • Check-in at Buzzbee, the new School Group Reception hub, located on the plaza just north of 12th Street. 


  • A Group Services Associate will be there to greet your group and assist with the check-in process.
  • For buses, STAY SEATED on the buses until a staff member greets you and provides instruction. 
  • For car arrivals, go to Buzzbee and a staff member will greet you and provide instruction.
  • To expedite check-in, board the bus in your pre-divided small groups so that you are ready to exit the bus in these groups.  Also, have your final count of students and chaperones ready.
  • There will be plastic bins labeled with your school/group name to store lunches and coats. Please leave student backpacks and valuables on the bus. The museum is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
  • All students must be supervised by their adult chaperones at all times including restroom breaks (museum docents are unable to assist with restroom breaks).
  • Please be courteous and respectful of other visitors. We appreciate our school groups being on their best behavior so that all of our guests can enjoy the museum.
  • The museum has no lunchroom, but parks around the museum are great places for a picnic lunch and some schools may want to eat lunch on the bus.
  • Sketching is allowed in most areas of the museum with black graphite pencil and 11×14″ or smaller paper only. No pens, colored pencils, or clipboards are allowed. We have writing surfaces and extra pencils available.
  • In case of emergencies, first aid, or lost and found, find the nearest Gallery Host located in the gallery you are in (identifiable by a bright green DAM lanyard around the neck). They will assist you with contacting Security.

Please review the Museum Manners with your students:

  • Help protect the art. Do not allow students to touch any of the artwork or sit or stand on object pedestals, as the slightest touch can damage the artworks.
  • Encourage students to use walking feet and indoor voices during their time in the museum.
  • Please only use designated places in the museum to snack or enjoy your lunch. Chewing gum is not permitted in the museum.
  • Photography is allowed, however flash is not permitted. Some galleries or specific artworks do not allow photography and will be marked with a “no photography” icon.

For cancellations and to reschedule your tour, please contact Group Services at 720-913-0088 (Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm).

We will work to find another date for your tour, but please understand that we cannot guarantee that your requested date will be available.

We appreciate receiving thank you letters, especially to share with the donors who provide such generous programming and opportunities. If you choose, please mail thank you letters to:

Denver Art Museum

Attn: Group Services

100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy

Denver, CO 80204

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Teachers are also eligible to become museum members at a discounted rate (visit a welcome center with your teacher ID), and enjoy all the benefits of an individual membership such as free general admission, discounts on programs, lectures, in The Shops, and more.