Adult group tours

I agree to the following:

  • The group leader/contact will respond to the tour scheduler in a timely manner to confirm the reservation.
  • Arriving late for a reserved tour will result in a shorter tour.
  • Arriving more than 20 minutes late for a reserved tour will result in cancellation. A new form will need to be submitted to request another reservation.

School group tours

I agree to the following:

  • The group leader/contact will respond to the tour scheduler in a timely manner to confirm the reservation.
  • The group leader/contact will communicate any special needs as “additional information” on the request form. Subject to availability, the museums can provide:
    • tours in some foreign languages (please specify)
    • tours for visually impaired visitors
    • sign-language interpreters
  • The group leader/contact will carefully read the written confirmation and logistical information, including which museum the group should enter, that will be provided two weeks before the experience.
  • Arriving late for a reserved tour will result in a shorter tour.
  • Arriving more than 20 minutes late for a reserved tour will result in cancellation. A new form will need to be submitted to request another reservation.
  • To cancel or change tours, the group leader/contact will call the tour scheduler immediately at 202.633.1012. (For same-day or weekend cancellations and changes, please also call 202.633.0470.)
  • The students participating in this experience are within the recommended ages listed on the Experiences for Schools page.
  • At least one chaperone must be provided per ten students.
  • Chaperones will remain with their assigned group at all times.
  • Chaperones must assist with encouraging museum rules, managing the group, and modeling good behavior.
  • Students will not be given assignments by teachers or chaperones to complete during guided tours. (Docents will have activities prepared for students.)
  • The following rules will be shared with students and chaperones in advance of the visit and reinforced by teachers and chaperones throughout the tour:
    • Food, beverages, and gum are not permitted.
    • Please walk—do not run—in the galleries.
    • Please do not lean on cases.
    • Use your eyes, not your hands, to examine objects on display.
    • You may speak at a regular level in the galleries, but please do not shout.
    • Please make sure there is enough room for people to get around your group and through nearby entryways.
    • Photographs may be taken of the permanent collection but not of loan objects or exhibitions; please be aware of “no photography” signage in the galleries.

Self-guided groups

I agree to the following:

  • At least one chaperone will be provided per ten students.
  • Chaperones will remain with their assigned group at all times.
  • Chaperones must assist with encouraging museum rules, managing the group, and modeling good behavior.
  • The group will provide clipboards for students if they will be writing.
  • Students will use only pencils as writing implements.
  • The following information will be shared with students and chaperones in advance of the visit and reinforced by teachers and chaperones throughout the tour:
    • Food, beverages, and gum are not permitted
    • Please walk—do not run—in the galleries
    • Please do not lean on cases
    • Use your eyes, not your hands, to examine objects on display
    • You may speak at a regular level in the galleries, but please do not shout
    • Please make sure there is enough room for people to get around your group and through nearby entryways