Asian Art Museum | Education

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Frequently Asked Questions

Booking a School Tour

How much do school tours cost? 
School tours are offered free of charge.

How many chaperones must my group have?
Please plan to have a minimum of one adult for every ten students in your group.

How can I request a school tour?
Please submit a completed School Tour Request Form. For summer school tours, please submit a Summer School Tour Request.

Before My Scheduled Tour

Who do I contact to make changes to my tour?
Call (415) 581-3697 and/or email schools [at] asianart.org as soon as possible for changes. Any request for changes in a tour date, time, program, or number of chaperone tickets must be made in advance.  Requests are accommodated according to availability. Changes to the number of student or adult tickets must be made at least 1 week in advance of the tour date.

What is the Asian Art Museum's cancellation policy?
All our docents and storytellers generously volunteer their time and effort. If you must cancel your tour, please do so at least two weeks before your scheduled date. For tour cancellations call (415) 581-3697 and/or email schools [at] asianart.org

How should I prepare my class for their school tour?
A wealth of resources is available free in Explore Resources.

Can I use Title I funds to support field trip costs? 
Yes, schools operating a schoolwide program may use Title I funds to support activities such as field trips to increase access to hands-on humanities experiences and activities. For more information read the Department of Education's letter on leveraging ESEA, IDEA, and Perkins Funds for humanities education. 

On the Day of My Tour

Can we eat lunch in the museum?
There is no lunch facility designated for school groups inside the museum. We recommend that you have lunch with your group outside the museum before or after your visit. Groups often choose to picnic in the children’s playground in the Civic Center Plaza located across the street from the museum. Groups interested in purchasing lunch from Cafe Asia should contact cafeasia [at] asianart.org or call (415) 581-3632.

Can we enter the museum before the start of our tour?
No, groups may not enter the museum before their scheduled tour time. Free school tour admission is only valid for the designated start times. Groups that arrive late may receive a modified program.

What can I do near the museum before my tour starts?
The San Francisco Main Library and San Francisco City Hall are located within 5 minutes walking distance of the museum. The public library has a wonderful children's section, cafe, gallery, and programming that you can take advantage of.  City Hall offers guided tours free for school groups.  For more information contact the respective institutions directly through their websites.

What should I do with bags and backpacks?
All backpacks and bags larger than 12" x 12" will need to be checked before entering the galleries.

What if it is raining?
If it is raining, the museum can provide limited spaces for school groups to each lunch inside. These spaces are offered depending on availability. It is best to have a contingency plan in case these spaces are not available.  Contact schools [at] asianart.org or 415-581-3697 for more details.

Can we exit and re-enter the museum after our tour?
Yes, school groups may exit and re-entry the museum freely after the end of a school tour. School groups are encouraged to stay in the museum after the end of their tour as long as they wish.

For more information: Call (415) 581-3697 or email schools [at] asianart.org.