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School Visits Program 2019-20

The MAC is pleased to offer school field trip programs that complement and enhance elementary, middle school, and high school student learning. Our goal is to make history, art, and culture come alive through engaging exhibits, guided tours, and facilitated programs.

Exhibit and One Guided Museum Program
for K through 12

Wednesday–Friday, September 4, 2019–June 12, 2020
10 am to 11:45 am and 12 pm to 1:45 pm

The museum is open for field trips Wednesday-Friday. Choose from morning or afternoon programs. A school visit to the museum includes a visit to museum exhibits and a tour of the historic Campbell House or a guided classroom program facilitated by a museum educator. The morning program begins at 10:00 am and ends at 11:45 am a Campbell House Tour. The afternoon program begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 1:45 pm and includes a painting program.


The price for school visits is $7 per student ($4 per student for Title One Schools) from September 4, 2019 to February 6, 2020.
For Pompeii: The Eternal City, which runs from February 8-May 3, 2020, the price for school visits is $10 per student ($4 per student for Title One Schools).

School visits must have a minimum of 18 students and a maximum of 30 students. If you would like to bring more than one class, please register each class separately. One instructor and up to five chaperones will receive free admission. School visit groups are required to abide by a ratio of one chaperone for every five students. (additional individuals will be billed at the regular admission rate.) The minimum cost of a school visit is $180. Groups smaller than 18 are permitted with payment of the minimum fee.


Programs begin at 10:00 am and end at 11:45 am or begin at 12:00 pm and end at 1:45 pm. Please schedule bus arrival and departure times accordingly. Buses should arrive to the Museum's Group Entrance on Riverside and Hemlock five minutes prior to the program start time.


Unfortunately, the museum does not have an indoor lunch space available for school visits. However, students may eat on the grass outside the Admission level on First Avenue before or after your program, as weather permits. Note: The Museum amphitheater is not a designated lunch space.

Please instruct your students to stay on the grass. Please use the sidewalk or outside stairs to return to your bus as the Group Entry doors are alarm-armed between programs. Note: Once dismissed from your program you will not have access to the building from the Group Entrance. Take all belongings with you at this time.


Please provide the updated number of student participants at check-in. Checks are preferred — sorry, we can only accept one check. Make them payable to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Alternatively, you can be invoiced. Upon receipt of the invoice, payment may be made by check or credit card.

How It Works

Step 1:
Click on the "Make a Reservation!" link below. You will be asked to reserve a date/time for your visit. Include your school name, your name, class grade level, and total number of students anticipated. Be prepared to provide billing information.

Step 2:
You will receive a confirmation email.

Step 3:
Visit the museum etiquette page before your visit.

Step 4:
Upon arrival at the museum, please check-in and provide the updated number of students participating in the visit. You may pay by check ($7 per student or $4 per Title One school student) to museum staff or request an invoice.

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Cancellation Policy

If cancellation of a school visit is necessary, contact immediately.

Additional Information

  • Prior to bringing your students to the museum we encourage you to visit in advance. Check-in at the Visitor Services counter with your teacher ID and your school visit registration information for a complimentary admission.
  • Please review our museum etiquette guidelines prior to your visit.
  • Contact the Education Department with any school visit questions.

Guided Programs                        

Campbell House
A Day in the Life

Target Grades
Kindergarten – 2nd

Goals and Objectives
Introduce students to the Campbell family and their servants.
Students will compare and contrast their own lives with those who lived a century ago.

Program Description
Tour the house from the perspective of the Campbell family and staff who lived there. Follow anecdotes and stories of life in 1910 while exploring early 20th century lives and how they parallel and differ from the lives of the students.

Technology and Innovation

Target Grades
3rd – 5th grade

Goals and Objectives
Students will compare and contrast the technology available today to the technology of the early 20th century.

Program Description
Study the house and the lives of the Campbell family as they evolve from the traditional oil lamp lit Victorian Era to the Progressive Era, filled with temperance movements, suffrage, and carbon filament light bulbs.

Design and Architecture

Target Grades
6th – 12th grade

Goals and Objectives
Discover how traveling and awareness of other cultures influenced the design of the Campbell House.
Explore Kirtland Cutter's architectural work on the Campbell House and in Spokane.

Program Description
Delve deep into the structure of the house from its oak beams to the hierarchy of the household. This tour highlights Kirtland Cutter and his architectural contributions to Spokane and explores the diversity of the Campbell's travels and taste, as well as how the house has evolved through its existence.


Students will use artist quality materials in a painting project exploring color theory. Students will create, develop, and support ideas through collaborative conversations. The program is facilitated by a Museum Educator using the Visual Thinking Strategy method to ensure a student-centered experience.

Museum LAB 
Tuesday-Friday from January 7-June 12, 2020

Explore volcanoes and apply STEM concepts in this hands-on program. The Museum LAB is facilitated by a Museum Educator using the Visual Thinking Strategy method to ensure a student-centered experience.

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Virtual Field Trips
Now Available
Learn more.

2020 Exhibitions

Mt. St Helens: Critical Memory
40 Years Later

Dec 21, 2019-Sept 6, 2020

Pompeii: The Immortal City
Feb 8-Sept 6,2020

POP Power
from Warhol to Koons

Oct 3, 2020-Jan 24, 2021