K-12 tours at the Hammer Museum

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K-12 TOURS

School Group Visits

The Hammer Museum offers a variety of options for teachers who are interested in visiting the Museum with their students.

The Hammer Museum invites K-12 teachers to request a guided visit led by a Student Educator. Student Educators are selected from a variety of different disciplines, bringing unique perspectives to the artwork on view. Learn more and watch a video of Student Educators in action.

All K–12 grade groups require at least one adult chaperone for every 15 students. Tours are free for all student groups. To request a visit, please fill out the K-12 Tour Request form. 

Tour Options

Why Is It Art? (Grades K–12): This problematized but provocative question will be explored by examining art made today and hundreds of years ago. By focusing on concepts such as process, materials, and composition, students will begin to discover connections between seemingly disparate works, and leave with an expanded definition of what art can be. This tour may also include a hands-on art activity.

Art from Diverse Perspectives (Grades K–12): Trace one theme across different works of art, and discover the different forms that art can take. Tour topics may include identity, daily life, nature, community, technology, or artistic process, depending on the artworks on view. Students will practice their skills in comparing and contrasting and will have the opportunity to express their own perspective on the tour topic through hands-on activities.

Art in Social Context (Grades 4–12): Social justice plays a large role in the Hammer Museum’s mission. We believe in the promise of art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world. This tour will prompt students to examine the socio-political implications of certain works of art, and inspire them to think critically about the world around them. Conversations may center on issues of difference, inequality, race, gender, class, or social justice, and will vary depending on the artworks on view.

Self-Guided Tour (Grades K–12): You are welcome to lead your students independently through the galleries at the Hammer Museum. For ideas for activities to complete prior to, during, or after your visit, visit our K-12 Teachers and Students page. 

Scheduling Your Visit

Tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday at 11 a.m., pending availability. The Hammer is closed on Mondays. To schedule a tour, please submit the K-12 Tour Request Form at least three weeks prior to your preferred visit date.

Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

One of the most distinguished outdoor sculpture installations in the country, the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden spans more than five acres of UCLA’s campus with over 70 sculptures by artists such as Hans Arp, Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, and David Smith. 

Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts

School groups of 20 students or fewer can request to view works in The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, which comprises more than 45,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and artists’ books dating from the Renaissance to the present. The Grunwald Center Study Room is open to middle school students and older, by appointment only. For further information or to schedule a visit, please call (310) 443-7078.