Welcome! We're so glad you're thinking about bringing your students to the Getty Center.

Beginning in September 2018, all school visits will include a one-hour guided tour with a Getty docent. Students, accompanied by chaperones, are encouraged to explore the galleries on their own following their guided tour.

Reservations for the 2018–19 school year will open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Getty Center Visit Request Form

Here are three steps to schedule a FREE visit.

1) Request a visit time
2) Recruit chaperones
3) Confirm transportation

Click on the links on the right-hand side of this page for important documents.

Step 1: Request a visit time
Scheduling FAQs
Confirmation
Step 2: Recruit Chaperones
Chaperone FAQs
Step 3: Confirm transportation
Your Guided Tour
Guided Tour FAQs
Before Your Visit
After Your Visit
Picnic Times and Box Lunches
Other Frequently Asked Questions

 

Step 1: Request a visit time
A reservation may be made for up to 120 students in grades K–12. If the number of students is larger than 120, please submit two requests, for two different days. Submit your request online.

Monday Visits
The Getty Center is pleased to offer Guided Visits on Mondays when the Museum is closed to the general public. Please note that only select galleries are open and school groups must exit the Museum galleries promptly after the Guided Visit is over. The Family Room and Sketching Galleries are closed on Mondays. Monday school groups may visit the Central Garden. You may also self-guide through the Special Exhibition pavilion beginning on the third Monday after an exhibition opens. All school groups must exit the Getty Center grounds by 1:00 pm on Mondays.

Dates special exhibitions will be available to self-guiding Monday groups in the 2018–19 school year are:
The Renaissance Nude: 1400-1530, November 12, 2018–January 27, 2019
The Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World, May 27–August 18, 2019

Scheduling FAQs

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, please use the online request system.

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

Q: I don't want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are required for all school groups. All reservations include a guided tour. Students are encouraged to explore the galleries with chaperones following their guided tour. This is an ideal time for customized lessons assigned by the teacher, or for teacher-led exploration.

Confirmation
Due to the high volume of requests that we receive, we prioritize sending confirmations according to the date of the visit requested. If you have any questions on the status of your request or you have not received a confirmation email within four weeks, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

Step 2: Recruit Chaperones
We require one teacher or adult chaperone for every 15 students. Chaperones are responsible for monitoring and accompanying students at all times during their visit, even if students are high-school aged, for safety and security purposes.
Download Getty Center Chaperone Guidelines in English and Spanish (PDF, 119KB)

Please be prepared to separate your entire school group into smaller groups for the Guided Tour and self-guiding with chaperones after the tour. Your groups may be as small as 8 or as large as 18 students, though we strive for groups of 10-15 students each when matching students with docents. We will tell you the exact number when you arrive. We will do our best to keep students in your class together, but please be flexible according to staff requests to divide students.

Chaperone FAQs

Q: What responsibilities do chaperones have?
All chaperones are responsible for monitoring student behavior and making sure the group stays together, even if students are high-school aged. During a Guided Visit, each chaperone must stay with the tour and be quietly engaged for the full duration.

Q: Is there a maximum number for chaperones?
Yes. A maximum of two chaperones per 15 students are allowed. Only two chaperones may join each guided group, which may be smaller than 15 students each. Additional chaperones may tour the galleries on their own and rejoin the school group after the tour has ended.

Q: Do I really need chaperones for my high school students? They are practically adults.
Yes. 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 required by Security to rejoin their chaperone or leave the galleries.

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

Step 3: Confirm transportation
Parking is FREE for school groups.

If chaperones want to arrive separately by car, 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.

The Getty offers bus funding for eligible Title I schools. This funding is limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for Title I schools within a 30 mile radius of the Getty's two sites. Bus funding is not guaranteed and not automatic. If bus funding is available at the time you request a school visit, the online request system will provide further instructions and information.

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, or call (310)440–7322 to speak with a school group associate.

Your Guided Tour
Our “A Closer Look” lesson is ideal for first-time art museum visitors. Your docent will engage students through grade-appropriate discussion and activities carried out across four 15-minute stops, each in a different gallery. Students will practice looking closely at one or more works of art in each gallery, learning to actively construct understanding 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.

Guided Tour FAQs

Q: How long is the guided portion of the visit?
Guided Visits are one hour: four 15-minute stops, each in a different gallery. Please arrive on time. Arriving late will require your tour to be shortened.

Q: Can my students have a tour of a particular exhibit or display?
Unfortunately, we cannot conduct Guided Tours of specific exhibitions, but you may explore any exhibition before or after your scheduled Guided Tour. Visits scheduled on Monday cannot self-guide in the Museum except for the Special Exhibitions pavilion beginning the third Monday after an exhibition is open. See exact dates for specific exhibitions above. Monday school groups may also visit the Central Garden.

Q: What if I want to guide my students through the galleries myself?
We offer docent-led Guided Tours for every school that visits the Getty. Students, accompanied by chaperones, are encouraged to explore the galleries on their own following their guided tour. This is an ideal time for customized lessons assigned by the teacher, or for teacher-led exploration. We offer several activities covering many topics that can be used during the self-guided portion of your visit: Self-Guided Visit Activities

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.

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


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.

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; please have an alternate lunch plan, such as having students eat before leaving school in the morning or upon returning to school after their visit. If you choose to eat on site, students will need to eat on the bus.

Q: May we purchase lunches at the Getty?
Teachers can preorder box lunches for students. Please contact Bon Appètit's catering department at (310) 440-6213 or bonappetit@getty.edu for current prices and menus.
Box Lunch Menu (PDF, 229KB)

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. We offer docent-led Guided Tours for every school that visits the Getty. Students, accompanied by chaperones, are encouraged to explore the galleries on their own following their guided tour. This is an ideal time for customized lessons assigned by the teacher, or for teacher-led exploration.

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 requests are required.

Q: Do you have programs for homeschools?
Homeschool groups of 15 students or more are welcome to request a 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.

Q: What happens if we arrive late?
Please arrive on time. Arriving late will result in a shortened Guided Tour since gallery docents and picnic times are scheduled at consecutively appointed times.