Request a gallery lesson taught by a gallery docent.

Please read information below about scheduling and what to expect from a Guided Visit at the Getty Center before filling out the request form.

Getty Center Guided Request Form

Scheduling Your Visit
Chaperone Requirements
Lesson Topic
Self-Guided Visit Option
Before Your Visit
After Your Visit
Length of Visit
Picnic Times and Box Lunches
Other Frequently Asked Questions

Scheduling Your Visit
Guided Visits to the Getty Center are available September 3, 2013, to June 27, 2014.

School Visits at the Getty are FREE and will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guided Visits are available for up to 120 students in grades K–12. Submit your request online, or print out a Request Form and mail it in.

Q: What if I want to bring a group that is larger than 120 students?
You should submit two applications for two groups. The groups will be scheduled at different times, and may not be scheduled on the same day.

Q: May I make a school group reservation over the phone?
Due to the high volume of school requests and the number of details we must collect, we need you to fill out the form.

Q: I am bringing more/fewer students than I indicated on my request form. How do I make a change?
To modify attendance on an existing reservation, please call (310) 440-7322.

Within 8 weeks of submitting your request, you will receive a confirmation letter indicating how your group can be accommodated. If you have any questions or have not received a confirmation letter after 8 weeks, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

Q: What if you cannot accommodate my requested date?
We make every attempt to contact you by phone to offer alternative dates. We will leave voicemail messages, so please be sure to provide contact information so we can reach you.

Q: Why wasn't my visit booked for the date/time/lesson format I indicated as my first choice?
All applications are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. If you select more than one option on your request form, it is possible that you will be assigned to any one of those options.

Chaperone Requirements
We require one teacher or adult chaperone for every 15 students.
Download Getty Center Chaperone Guidelines in English and Spanish (PDF, 155KB)

When you arrive, please have your students divided into small groups of 15 or fewer. Chaperones are responsible for monitoring and accompanying students at all times during their visit, even if students are high-school aged.

Q: What responsibilities do chaperones have?
All chaperones are responsible for monitoring student behavior and making sure the group stays together. During the tour, each chaperone must stay with the tour and be quietly engaged for the full duration.

Q: Is there a maximum number for chaperones?
No. Extra chaperones have the option of touring on their own and meeting up with the student group after the Guided Visit is over.

Q: Do I really need chaperones for my high school students? They are practically adults.
All school groups in grades K–12 must be accompanied by a non-student adult age 18 or older for safety and security purposes. If students are found wandering the site without adequate chaperones, they will be queried by Security.

Lesson Topic
We offer a guided lesson called “A Closer Look”: Ideal for first-time art museum visitors, this lesson engages students in an exploration of a variety of objects from the Getty Museum's collection of Western European art through grade-appropriate discussion and activities. Students will practice looking closely to actively construct understanding about works of art using their own observations.
This lesson addresses Common Core Standards and supports the Visual Arts Content Standards in the area of perception and aesthetic valuing for grades K–12.

Q: Can my students have a tour of particular exhibit or display?
Unfortunately, we cannot conduct Guided Visits of temporary exhibitions, but you may explore any exhibition before or after your scheduled Guided Visit.

Q: What if I want to guide my students through the galleries myself?
Please request a Self-Guided Visit. We offer several activities covering many topics for self-guiding teachers: Self-Guided Visit Activities

Self-Guided Visit Option
Guided Visits are in very high demand. You may indicate on the request form whether you would like a Self-Guided Visit at the Center in the event that we cannot accommodate your Getty Center Guided Visit request. Learn more about Self-Guided Visits.

Before Your Visit
In preparation, please do the following activities with your students in the classroom before your visit:

Q: Will clipboards and pencils be available for my visit?
Pick up clipboards and pencils in the designated School Group Area when you arrive. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Please return all materials after use so that the next school group may use them. Please note that we do not provide paper.

After Your Visit
When you return to your classroom, use our post-visit activities to encourage students to reflect upon their experiences at the Getty Center.

Length of Visit
Lessons are 1 hour.

Please arrive on time. Arriving late will necessitate a shortened lesson since docents are scheduled to teach consecutive lessons at appointed times.

Q: How long will my entire visit last?
For planning purposes, estimate that your entire visit will last three hours. However, your group may stay at the Getty in small groups with chaperones as long as your schedule permits.

Parking is FREE for school groups.

Q: Some chaperones want to arrive separately by car. Do they have to pay, and do they need a reservation?
When filling out your application, make sure to use the field where you can indicate that additional chaperones will be arriving by car in order to receive accommodations. If you need to make changes to an existing reservation, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

Picnic Times and Box Lunches
Download Getty Center Picnic Guidelines (PDF, 107KB)

An unsheltered, outdoor picnic area is available at the Getty Center for school groups to use at pre-scheduled times. Your picnic time is determined by your arrival time and is not changeable. On rainy days we cannot accommodate picnics; teachers will need to make other arrangements.

Q: May we purchase lunches at the Getty?
Teachers can pre-order box lunches for students and chaperones with at least one week's notice. Questions? Please contact Bon Appetit's catering department at the Getty Center at (310) 440-6213 for current prices and menus.

Q: May we change our scheduled picnic time?
Due to the high volume of school groups using the picnic facilities, your picnic time cannot be changed.

Q: When it rains, may we eat lunch inside the Getty Center Cafe?
We cannot allow large school groups to eat in the Getty Center Cafe due to fire code safety and capacity regulations. On rainy days, we recommend that school groups eat lunches on the bus or in the car before arrival, or after visiting the Getty Center.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I don't want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are required for all school groups. If you would like to guide your students yourself, please sign up for a Self-Guided Visit.

Q: Do I have to submit an application for each location if I want to come to both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa?
Yes, two separate applications are required.

Q: Do you have programs for homeschools?
Homeschool groups of 15 students or more are welcome to request a Guided or Self-Guided Visit. Homeschool groups must follow the same procedures and guidelines as all other school groups.

Q: My school is concerned about the appropriateness of the artwork at the Getty.
The Getty Center displays works of art produced throughout Western art history. Many of these depict nudity and religious scenes.

If you are concerned, we recommend you review our collection on our website and also welcome you to make a free reservation to come see our galleries before your scheduled visit. Please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate. We also recommend that you request a Self-Guided Visit so that you can determine the exact sequence of artworks you wish to see.

Q: What happens if we arrive late?
Arriving late will impact your visit since docents and picnic times are scheduled at consecutively appointed times.

Q: Why didn't I receive a free bus?
Getty bus funding for eligible Title I schools is limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Bus funding is not guaranteed and not automatic. If bus funding is available at the time you request a school visit, the online request form will provide further instructions and information.

Q: I am receiving bus funding. When will you schedule my bus?
It is the school's responsibility to schedule transportation. If you are approved for bus funding, you will receive instructions about how to schedule your bus prior to your visit. See bus-funding guidelines for more information.