K-12 Group Tours

During a School Group Tour to UMMA, we aim to reflect, discuss, and learn together about culture and our world. We incorporate various activities and approaches to foster connection and engage multiple learning styles for K-12 students. 

Planning a K-12 Group Tour at UMMA

Number of Students per Tour: One classroom (approx. 25-30 students) 

Chaperones: For K-5 tours, please provide 1 chaperone per 6 students. Adults may find it helpful to have gallery maps and parking information, found on UMMA’s Plan Your Visit page

Self-Guided: You are welcome to visit during open hours. Letting us know of your visit in advance allows us to see if other groups also plan to use the galleries at the same time. Assigning one chaperone per small group is recommended. 

Guided: Experienced volunteer docents will lead students and chaperones on a thematic tour.

Guided Tour Description: Students will engage with approximately 4 works of art related to a theme. Objects will be selected from a variety of exhibitions. Discussion will focus on artistic process and materials as well as connecting art to personal experience, current events, and classroom content. An emphasis will be placed on how art can advance equity and justice.

Tour Themes: 

  • How We Express Ourselves: Identity, Creativity, and Persuasion
  • Where We Are in Place and Time
  • How the World Works: Systems, Processes, and Materials
  • Sharing the Planet: Sustainability and the Environment
  • Writing: Do you want to incorporate writing?
  1. Complete the online K-12 Group Tour Request form below, listing your preferred dates and start times.
  2. You will receive an automatic reply that it has been submitted.
  3. UMMA staff will manually schedule your visit. We will do our best to honor your preferred date. Priority will be given to schools without a full-time art program, those in which at least 50% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and those visiting UMMA for the first time.
  4. You will receive a personalized email confirmation that includes detailed preparation information. Note: Your visit is not officially scheduled until you receive this confirmation. 
  5. Two weeks prior to your tour, we will ask you to confirm that all details for your class visit are correct. 
  6. After your tour is complete, you may submit the Bus Reimbursement Application
  7. Please contact Cheyenne Fletcher ( if your plans change. To cancel, please let us know at least one week prior to your scheduled tour so we have ample time to notify staff and volunteers. We can not guarantee availability in the case of rescheduling but will do our best to accommodate if possible.

Make nametags: Provide each student with a bold nametag prior to arrival to help the transition run smoothly. We will have extra on hand. 

Create small groups: Please divide your class into four groups. Each group will most likely have around 5-7 students in it. You know your students and which pairings will be most successful. If you aren’t able to choose small groups in advance, the Docent Guides will do this at the beginning of the tour. 

Communicate Accommodations: ASL and cart services available with at least two weeks notice. Please reach out about amplification, translators, or individual aides.  

Plan Lunch and Snacks: UMMA does not have a dedicated lunch space for K-12 tours. The Michigan Union across the street offers fast food options, and many restaurants are located on South University or State Street. If the weather is nice (fingers crossed in Michigan!), students could eat outside on benches on the diag near Hatcher Graduate Library. 

Take COVID Precautions: Per University of Michigan policy, all visitors must wear masks while inside the museum. Also, the leader must complete a ResponsiBLUE health screening for the group. It involves asking a few questions about your health and recent COVID-19 exposure risk and provides information for contact tracing. You may complete the health screening questionnaire up to 24 hours prior to your visit. Thanks for promoting a healthy community.

Review Museum Guidelines: 

  • Art is special. Please protect it by looking and not touching. 
  • Galleries and restrooms are accessible by wheelchair and strollers. Wheelchairs are available.
  • All-gender restrooms available on Floor 2. Changing tables available on Lower Level.
  • To protect the art, no food or drink are allowed in the galleries. 
  • We will provide tour supplies (pencils, paper), so backpacks should be left on the bus.
  • Photography is allowed. No flash or video please. We encourage students to be fully engaged without phones during tour discussion. 

Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow for bathroom breaks and hanging jackets. 

School Bus: Please share this drop off location map with your bus driver. It is not safe to unload on State Street, which is where they will drop off if they program the address into GPS. Buses may not park at this location during the tour. Please proceed south on State Street to Briarwood Mall parking lot and then return when the visit concludes to pick up at the same location on South University Street. 

AATA Public Bus: Routes 4, 5, and 6 drop off in front of the museum. To ensure accurate up-to-date maps and routes, please consult The Ride website and plan your trip. 

Entrance Procedure: Enter through the accessible door next to the large white head sculpture (Behind the Walls, by Jaume Plensa). You will find a check-in desk and lobby area by the Museum Shop. Restrooms are on the Lower Level.

Please complete the Bus Reimbursement Form within 30 days after your visit. After completing the bus reimbursement form, please email your bus invoice receipt and your W-9 as attachments to Cheyenne Fletcher (

Priority will be given to schools: 

  • Without a full-time art program
  • In which at least 50% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • Those visiting UMMA for the first time

K-12 Group Tour Request Form

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Thank you for your interest in visiting UMMA for your K-12 field trip. All slots for K-12 Guided Tours are booked for the remainder of this academic year. Please keep UMMA in mind for a 2022-23 field trip and sign up for the K-12 Newsletter for key updates!

UMMA offers a subsidy for bus transportation; priority is given to schools with a high percentage of students who receive free and reduced lunch and those with limited art staff and opportunities in their building, and those who are visiting UMMA for the first time.

Please contact Grace Vandervliet ( or Cheyenne Fletcher ( with any questions about K-12 experiences.


Bus grants available! UMMA will reimburse transportation funds for qualifying schools. Priority will be given to schools: without a full-time art program, in which at least 50% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and those visiting UMMA for the first time. Click here to fill out the Bus Reimbursement Form.

Virtual Field Trips

Can't make it to the museum? Looking for more ways to connect your classroom to UMMA's collection?

Take a tour of UMMA’s galleries and objects, narrated by UMMA staff and volunteer educators.

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