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Preparing for a Museum Visit

Here are some things you can do to prepare yourself and your students for a field trip:

  • View our orientation videos (see below) on your own and with your students.
  • Use the Educator Resource Finder or visit the Crown Educator Resource Center to find ideas about using works of art in the classroom.
  • Review the museum rules and expectations for students and chaperones.
  • Review a museum floor plan and plan your itinerary.
  • Browse the Collections page of the museum’s website.

For Docent-Led Tours

In addition to the above:

  • Respond promptly to your caller-docent, who must gather information about your goals and expectations and convey important logistical information to fellow docents
  • Divide your students into the requisite number of groups before you arrive at the museum, as indicated by your caller-docent
  • Create name tags for students, so docents can engage your group members by name
  • Note that you may not be able visit the works of art you’ve used in your classroom on your museum visit; docents will try to incorporate requested works or similar ones on the guided tour. You may remain in the museum after the tour and visit these works on your own.

The new Shirley G. and Patrick W. Ryan Learning Center features five classrooms and three studios as well as a dedicated student entrance to the museum. The entrance to the Ryan Learning Center is located on Columbus Drive, just south of Monroe Street. The bus drop-off can be accessed on the southbound side of Columbus Drive.

The museum does not offer bus parking during student visits, but group leaders may make advanced arrangements with Soldier Field for bus parking. Find more information about parking at Soldier Field.

Please be aware that scheduled construction projects on major highways and in downtown Chicago can impact travel times to the museum. After confirming your visit and scheduling your bus, plan your route the museum and be sure to depart your school with enough time to make your scheduled tour start time.