Supplement your classroom curriculum with one of the Longmont Museum’s high quality, interactive guided school tours and programs. 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.
2019-2020 School Tour and Program Schedule
We have just completed the prototyping season for a new school tour partnership with the St. Vrain School District's Innovation Center, which we are calling Longmont Past Present Future. From September 2019 – May 2020 we will roll out the program to at least 12 schools in SVVSD. The Museum has established a three-year plan to open the program to all 3rd grade students district-wide. More details to come.
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.You may also want to read “Art of Chaperoning” and “Guidelines for Museum Behavior.”
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.
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.
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 “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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.