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.
DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, Te Papa, New Zealand, 2015. Image by Kate Whitley
School Visits 2022
Exhibit and Guided Museum Programs
for K through 12
Tuesday through Friday, March 29-June 17, 2022
10-11:45 am and 12-1:30 pm
The museum is open for field trips Tuesday through Friday. Morning visits begin at 10: 00 am and end at 11:45 am and include a visit to museum exhibits and a tour of the historic Campbell House facilitated by a museum educator. Afternoon visits begin at 12:00 pm and end at 1:30 pm and include a visit to museum exhibits and a program facilitated by a museum educator.
We are at capacity for guided field trips through June 17, but have opened up a self-guided option. Please click on Make a Reservation to see what is available.
Self-guided visits include a museum educator to welcome your group. This visit does not include Campbell House or the classroom program. Funding support is available for self-guided visits – follow the instructions below to apply.
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.
Please schedule bus arrival and departure times to meet the 10 am start and 11:45 end times. 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 their program, as weather permits. Note: The Museum amphitheater is not a designated lunch space.
Please instruct students to stay on the grass and to use the sidewalk or outside stairs to return to their bus as the Group Entry doors are alarmed between programs. 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
Click on the "Make a Reservation!" link below. You will be asked to reserve a date/time for your visit. Advance the calendar to the desired month. Available days/times starting in March 2022 will be listed. Include your school name, your name, class grade level, and total number of students anticipated. Be prepared to provide billing information.
You will receive a confirmation email.
Visit the museum etiquette page before your visit.
Upon arrival at the museum, please check-in and provide the updated number of students participating in the visit. You may pay by check ($10 per student or $4 per Title One school student) to museum staff or request an invoice.
Through the generous support of Dr. Michael Dunn of NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101, the Hagan Foundation, Spokane Arts Grants Awards, Lydig Construction, First Interstate Bank, and Greenstone Homes, we are pleased to be able to offer special funding for school visits in spring 2022.
If you teach at a Title I or Tribal school, please complete this form to apply for funding for your visit to the MAC. Registration confirmation is required for the Funding Request Form.
If cancellation of a school visit is necessary, contact email@example.com immediately.
- 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.
- WA State Standard Alignment – DreamWorks
- DreamWorks Education Pre or Post Visit Resource
- DreamWorks Education Worksheets
- WA State Standard Alignment – Golden Harvest
- WA State Standard Alignment – Awakenings
The educator providing your tour will tailor the content to be appropriate for your students' grade level.
Morning Session Program Descriptions
A Day in the Life
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.
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
3rd – 5th grade
Goals and Objectives
Students will compare and contrast the technology available today to the technology of the early 20th century.
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
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.
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.
Afternoon Session Program Description
DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition
Journey from Sketch to Screen
Drawing Room and Character Design
Explore the process DreamWorks artists use to develop story and character in 2D animation. 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.