Supplement your classroom curriculum with one of the Longmont Museum’s high quality, interactive guided school tours and program for grades Pre-K through 5. 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. Program descriptions
You can book a self-guided tour for class in grades Pre-K-12 or your community groups. Be sure to make a reservation; some fees may apply. For more information, please see Planning Your Visit and Frequently Asked Questions. (*Source: Museum, Libraries and 21st Century Skills, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2009.)
Download the 2012-2013 School Programs brochure for a full description of all programs and additional information.
GUIDED SCHOOL TOURS
Guided tours and programs are offered to groups of 12 to 30 students in grades Pre-K-5 Monday through Friday beginning at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm or as arranged with the School Tour Coordinator. Most tours and programs last one hour.
Each guided group is led by a docent volunteer who has been trained by Museum staff. The docent will follow a set of learning goals and objectives with well-focused questions and enthusiastic encouragement for each tour. Tour topics and fees
SELF-GUIDED SCHOOL TOURS
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. Reservations must be made in advance to ensure availability of gallery space. Anyone leading a self-guided tour is strongly encouraged to visit the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center 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.
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The Museum offers a variety of Discovery Kits (trunks) to use in your classroom or with your community group. For more information, please click here
4 EASY STEPS TO MAKE A TOUR RESERVATION!
- Consult the School Tours and Programs Brochure.
- Select possible dates and times that you would like to bring your students to the Museum. Remember to check bus transportation availability and consult your school’s vacation, testing and activities calendar before making a reservation.
- Submit a School Tour Request Form at least three weeks in advance.
- Reservations are not final until you receive confirmation from the Museum. You will be contacted by phone or email. Final confirmation packets are mailed to teachers within one to two weeks.
Confirmation Packets include the following : Letter to teachers confirming dates, times, tours/programs, fees; overview of tour/program highlighting learning goals and objectives; map/directions; “Art of Chaperoning”; and “Guidelines for Museum Behavior.”
PLANNING YOUR VISIT and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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. FALL SEMESTER TOURS: October 1 – December 14, 2012. SPRING SEMESTER TOURS: February 4 – May 17, 2013.
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. Reservations for the 2012-2013 school year will be taken beginning September 6. To schedule a tour or program, complete and submit a SCHOOL TOUR REQUEST FORM. For additional information or assistance, contact us at email@example.com or via phone at 303-774-4786.
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.
MAY WE HAVE A TOUR IN SPANISH?
Yes! All guided tours and programs are available in Spanish upon request and with advance notice. They are led by a native Spanish-speaking docent.
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.
HOW MANY CHAPERONES DO WE NEED?
We require a minimum of one chaperone per eight students for guided tours (unless otherwise instructed) and one adult per five students on self-guided tours. The Museum provides “The 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?
Unfortunately there are no student lunch facilities inside the Museum. In good weather, school groups are welcome to enjoy their sack lunch in the Museum’s courtyard or in front of the Museum near the pond. You must make arrangements when you book your tour.
IS THE LONGMONT MUSEUM WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Yes, the Museum galleries and courtyard are wheelchair accessible. Please inform the Tour Coordinator 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 Tour Coordinator as soon as possible. Voice mail is available 24 hours a day at 303-774-4786.
THE ART OF CHAPERONING
We require a minimum of one chaperone per eight 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” (pdf) (included in your confirmation packet) 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 MANNERS
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 Manners” (pdf) (included in your confirmation packet) with all students and chaperones.
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