School Tours

FREE School Tour Program

Supported in part by grants from Idaho Commission on the Arts, US Bank Foundation, and the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation.

BAM offers four school tours this year, featuring changing exhibitions and the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Students explore the artwork in the gallery and end their tours with hands-on art experiences in the Albertson’s Education Center Studios. Each tour and studio project is adapted to the appropriate age levels. Tours for pre-kindergarten through 1st grade last 60 minutes. Tours for 2nd grade through high school last 90 minutes.

Download 2018-2019 Brochure

  • Tour Times:
    Guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. from September 25, 2018 through May 24, 2019. Tours last 60 to 90 minutes depending on the ages of the students.
  • Group Size:
    There is a 15-student minimum and 30-student maximum for all guided tours. Up to four adult chaperons, including the teacher, are included for free. Additional adults pay regular admission and are not considered part of the touring group. One adult per 15 students is required.
  • Cost:
    This program is offered free to school groups
    thanks to generous grant support. Students who participate in a guided visit to BAM will receive a Free Return Pass to visit the Museum.
  • Content and Imagery:
    As a museum, we often exhibit artwork with challenging content and explicit imagery, which you may feel is inappropriate for young visitors. However, tours are designed to include appropriate content for students and are adapted for each grade level. If you have questions about an exhibition, we suggest that you preview the artwork with the free Teacher Preview Pass included in your Pre-Visit Art Pack before your scheduled visit to BAM.
  • Self-guided Visits:
    Teachers can make special arrangements with the Education Department to visit BAM for a self-guided visit. Self-guided tours are limited to a maximum of 30 students per hour and typically scheduled between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., depending on space availability. Self-guided groups must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance to be eligible for a free visit. Up to 4 adult chaperons are admitted for free with a self-guided group. Additional adults pay regular admission. One adult chaperon per 10 students is required. Chaperons must stay with students at all times.
  • College Groups
    College groups must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. A partnership with Boise State University  provides for free individual admission for BSU students, faculty, and staff from August 20, 2018 to August 23, 2019 with their valid BSU identification cards.


    Please read BAM’s School Program descriptions carefully and choose one or more options that are suitable for your curriculum and class needs. The Museum is accessible to all visitors. Please notify staff of any special needs or concerns when scheduling a tour.
    Reservations are necessary. Although the Museum’s School Programs are free of charge, they must be scheduled in advance. Two weeks’ notice is required; however, we suggest you schedule early, as Spring dates often fill in the Fall. Beginning August 17, 2018, teachers can contact BAM at 208-345-8330 ext. 136 to make a reservation for their class only. Teachers, parents, and volunteers may not make reservations for colleagues, friends, or other teachers. The week of August 20 – August 24, teachers may call between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning August 27, 2018, and continuing until full, teachers may call during BAM’s administrative hours.
    Beginning August 17, 2018, teachers may request a tour by completing
    an online form»
    Online requests allow you to select preferred dates and times for tours. Requests are then reviewed and scheduled based on availability. A confirmation will be emailed to you once the tour is scheduled. Tour request forms must be received at least two weeks prior to the first requested tour date.
    An email confirmation will be sent to you upon scheduling your tour. When you receive the confirmation, please carefully review the dates, times and policies.*
  • *BAM’s Chaperon Policy: Up to four adult chaperons, including the teacher, are included for free. Additional adults pay regular admission and are not considered part of the touring group. One adult per 15 students is required. A self-guided visit must include one chaperon per ten students. Chaperons are responsible for supervising students at all times.
    A free Pre-Visit Art Pack will be emailed two weeks prior to your scheduled visit. Pre-Visit Art Packs include important information about the tour and help prepare your students for their visit to BAM. Current Pre-Visit Art Packs are also available online»
    Because we have a limited number of visits available and an extensive waiting list, we do require at least two weeks notice for cancellation. Groups cancelling after that time will be charged the full visit fee, unless the tour/visit can be rescheduled ($60 for School Tours and ArtReach Visits).
    If you have questions about which program works best for your school, please call us at 208-345-8330, ext. 36. BAM’s Education Department will work with you to find the best program option for your class.
    Transportation Reimbursement Program:
    BAM offers a transportation reimbursement program that allows for schools outside the Boise School District to offset their busing costs. Please ask us about this program when scheduling your tour.

    BAM offers special days for homeschool students accompanied by an adult. Students discuss artwork, play games, and create their own works of art inspired by the day’s theme. Free for groups of up to 10 students and up to two adults. RSVP Required. Call 208-345-8330, ext. 136 or email to RSVP.

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