Plan Your Field Trip

A trip to the Denver Art Museum ignites students’ curiosity and supplements your classroom curriculum. Choose from a selection of guided field trips and use the resources below to prepare for your visit.

Contact Group Services with any questions at 720-913-0088 or groupsales@denverartmuseum.org.

Buzzbee, the school field trip check-in location.
Map for School Field Trips with parking and access information to the Denver Art Museum

NEW! ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN INSTRUCTIONS

For School Field Trips November 27 & Later:

  • 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 groupsales@denverartmuseum.org 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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Details for Your Field Trip

2017–18 School Year

School Tour Requests for the 2017-18 school year are now being accepted (complete at least 3 weeks prior to your anticipated visit).

School tours are available with advance reservations Monday–Friday, September 2017–June 2018. Note: Monday school tours will begin November 27, 2017.

For Chaperones

Print and share this guide with your chaperones:

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 groupsales@denverartmuseum.org.

Review the DAM’s offerings and choose a tour. All tours have limited capacity. Please inquire about availability of tours provided in Spanish. 

Complete and submit the School Tour Request Form or contact Group Services at 720-913-0088 (Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm) or email groupsales@denverartmuseum.org.

Before calling to make a reservation, please have possible date(s), times, and number of students determined. Please note: guided tours are not available during the summer months.

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

Students
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
Chaperones
  • 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.

Reservation

  • 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 groupsales@denverartmuseum.org 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). 

Chaperones

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.

FOR FIELD TRIPS ON NOVEMBER 27 & LATER:

Buses

  • 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

  • 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. 

Check-In

  • 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: Marie Stanley

100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy

Denver, CO 80204

If you still have questions, contact Group Services at 720-913-0088 (Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm) or email groupsales@denverartmuseum.org.

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