Supplement your classroom curriculum with one of the Longmont Museum’s high quality, interactive guided school tours and program for grades Pre-K through 5. These offerings address "Colorado Model Content Standards" and 21st Century Learning and Innovation Skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, visual literacy, scientific and numerical literacy and cross-disciplinary thinking. All guided tours and programs are led by trained docents.
You can book a self-guided tour for class in grades Pre-K-12 or your community group. Be sure to make a reservation; some fees may apply. For more information, please see Planning Your Visit and Frequently Asked Questions below.
Download the School Tours and Programs brochure for a full description of all programs and additional information.
2017-2018 School Tour and Program Schedule
Tours available in the morning and afternoon
Fall schedule: Wednesday Nov. 8 - Friday, Dec. 15
Spring schedule: Monday, March 5 - Friday, May 18
Guided School Tours
Guided tours and programs are offered to groups of 12 to 30 students in grades Pre-K-5 Monday through Friday. School tours and programs run from 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes.
Each guided group is led by a docent volunteer who has been trained by Museum staff. The docent will follow a set of learning goals and objectives with well-focused questions and enthusiastic encouragement for each tour.
Self-Guided School Tours
Groups of 10 or more must book their visit no less than two weeks in advance. Self-guided tours are available to groups in grades Pre-K-5, middle school, high school and college. These tours are led by school teachers, homeschool parents, or a community group leaders. Anyone leading a self-guided tour is strongly encouraged to visit the Longmont Museum before their scheduled visit in order to make plans. Large groups are asked to divide into smaller groups with chaperones to closely supervise students in grades Pre-K-12. Please fill out and submit a Self-Guided Tour Request Form.
The Museum offers a variety of Teacher Trunks (Discovery Kits) to use in your classroom or with your community group. Teacher trunks are available for one week rental at $8 per week. To reserve a Teacher Trunk please call the Longmont Museum front desk at 303-651-8374. More information on Teacher Trunks.
Four Easy Steps to Make a Tour Reservation
- Consult the School Tours and Programs Brochure.
- Select possible dates and times that you would like to bring your students to the Museum. Remember to check bus transportation availability and consult your school’s vacation, testing and activities calendar before making a reservation.
- Submit a School Tour Request Form at least three weeks in advance. (If your arrival time must differ from those stated on the form please e-mail [email protected])
- Reservations are not final until you receive confirmation from the Museum. You will be contacted by phone or email. Final confirmation packets are emailed to teachers within one to two weeks.
Confirmation Emails include the following: Email to teachers confirming dates, times, tours/programs, fees; and attachments; overview of tour/program highlighting learning goals and objectives; map/directions; “Art of Chaperoning” and “Guidelines for Museum Behavior.”
Planning Your Visit and FAQs
WHEN ARE TOURS AND PROGRAMS AVAILABLE?
Guided tours, self-guided tours, and facilitated programs are offered Monday through Friday, generally at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm, or as arranged.
DO I NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE?
Yes, all groups must schedule their visits at least three weeks ahead of time. Tours are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make reservations early. November and mid-April through mid-May are the busiest times. Reservations 2016-2017 school year will be taken beginning Sept. 2. To schedule a tour or program, complete and submit a SCHOOL TOUR REQUEST FORM. For additional information or assistance, contact us at [email protected].
HOW MANY STUDENTS CAN WE BRING?
The Museum requires a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 30 for all guided tours and programs. You may bring up to three groups of 30 children per visit. If you have more than 3 groups we ask that you split up and come on 2 different days.
MAY WE HAVE A TOUR IN SPANISH?
No, we do not have Spanish-speaking docents at this time.
IS THERE A FEE FOR STUDENTS? TEACHERS? PARENT CHAPERONES?
There is a fee per student noted in each tour and program description. Teachers and parent chaperones are admitted free. There may be an admission fee for some of the Museum’s special exhibits. For theatrical performances, you must purchase one ticket per person for students, chaperones and teachers.
HOW MANY CHAPERONES DO WE NEED?
We require a minimum of one chaperone per six students for guided tours (unless otherwise instructed) and one adult per five students on self-guided tours. The Museum provides “The Art of Chaperoning” (pdf) for teachers to distribute prior to their field trip.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DOES THE MUSEUM ACCEPT?
The Museum accepts cash, credit cards, or check payable to the Longmont Museum at the Museum’s front desk upon arrival.
ARE THERE LUNCHROOM FACILITIES?
With the addition of the new Stewart Auditorium, the Museum now has an indoor and outdoor space for students to eat lunch! If you choose to eat lunch at the Longmont Museum, plan to eat picnic-style on the ground. During bad weather the auditorium’s atrium is available. You must make arrangements for your students to eat lunch at the Museum at the time of your booking. Without prior notice we do not guarantee the availability of lunch facilities.
IS THE LONGMONT MUSEUM WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Yes, the Museum galleries and courtyard are wheelchair accessible. Please inform us when booking your tour if any of your students have special needs.
IS PARKING AVAILABLE?
Yes. Parking information and directions will be sent to you along with your tour confirmation materials.
IS PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED?
We ask that students do not take photographs during their guided program. In general, visitors may take photographs in the galleries as long as no flash, lights, or tripod are used. Videotaping is not permitted. Photographs may not be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the Longmont Museum.
WHAT DO I DO IF WE NEED TO RESCHEDULE OR CANCEL?
Please notify the School Program Coordinator as soon as possible via email at [email protected] Voicemail is available 24 hours a day at (303) 651-8374.
The Art of Chaperoning
We require a minimum of one chaperone per six students for guided tours (unless otherwise instructed by the School Tour Coordinator) and one adult per five students on self-guided tours. Please distribute “The Art of Chaperoning” (included in your confirmation email) to all chaperones prior to your field trip to help ensure a quality experience for them as well as for the students.
Guidelines for Museum Behavior
Students have a more enjoyable museum experience when they know what to expect and what is expected of them. Before your visit, please review “Guidelines for Museum Behavior” (included in your confirmation packet) with all students and chaperones.