About School Programs

Click below to read answers to frequently asked questions about DMA School Programs.

If you would like to learn more about DMA School Programs, contact schoolprograms@DMA.org. You can also sign up to receive our monthly Educator Newsletter; click here and check the "Information for Teachers" box. 

 
Frequently Asked Questions About School Visits

How do I schedule a school visit to the DMA?
What is the difference between a guided visit and a self-guided visit?
What types of guided visits are available?
When are guided visits available?
What are the fees associated with a visit to the DMA?
How many chaperones do I need?
Where should we park our school bus/charter bus/oversized van?
Where can my students eat lunch?
Can we bring our sack lunches/coolers/backpacks into the Museum?
Can we order box lunches from the DMA's Cafe?
Can my students take pictures/sketch/write essays during their visit?
What do I do if I have to cancel or reschedule my visit?

 
How do I schedule a school visit to the DMA?

Before filling out a visit request form, please determine three possible dates for your visit, double-checking test dates, holidays, class change times, and lunch schedules.

 

School visits must be scheduled online at one of the following forms at least 3 weeks prior to your requested date. If you have questions about the scheduling process, please email tours@dma.org

 
What is the difference between guided and self-guided visits?
Guided tours are led by volunteers trained to encourage critical and creative thinking while addressing all learning styles. A typical docent-guided tour includes five or six works of art and is presented appropriately for each group's grade level and subject interest. Tours are also aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. 

A self-guided visit allows students and chaperones to independently explore the Museum's collection galleries or special exhibitions as quickly or as slowly as they would like. 

 
What types of guided visits are available?
View our tour offerings here. Visitors may choose a Collection Highlights visit of our permanent collection, or a specific subject or gallery. If your group is interested in a theme or subject not listed, you may also select a 'Custom Visit' and work with a volunteer to tailor a tour for your group.

 
When can my group visit the DMA?

Guided visits are available Tuesday–Friday from September 11, 2018, to May 24, 2019, and are offered on the hour starting at 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Guided visits can be scheduled one hour before the Museum opens to the public because one of our trained Museum representatives and a gallery attendant will be with your students throughout the entire tour in the galleries.

Self-guided groups may schedule a visit whenever the Museum is open: Tuesday–Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Thursdays, self-guided visits are available from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The DMA is closed on Mondays.

Note: Guided and self-guided visits cannot be scheduled during museum-wide ticketed events such as Second Thursdays with a Twist (held after 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month) or Late Nights (held after 5:00 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, except December).

 
What are the fees associated with a visit to the DMA?
The Dallas Museum of Art offers free general admission to our permanent collection.

For student visits scheduled more than three weeks in advance, special exhibition and docent fees (if applicable) will be waived. Exhibits with timed tickets may be ineligible for waived admission. With less than three weeks' notice, students will have to pay the ticket price to visit a special exhibition.

 
How many chaperones do I need to bring?
One adult chaperone is required for every 15 students for both guided visits and self-guided visits. If there are not enough chaperones available upon arrival, your visit to the DMA may have to be canceled on the spot. Not having enough chaperones for your students is both a safety concern for your students as well as a safety concern for the Museum and the art on display. Chaperones must stay with their students until their visit is over, including docent-guided tours.

 
Where should we park our school bus/charter bus/oversized van?
Buses are granted free parking on Harwood Street along the right curb between Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Flora Street. Bus parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum security and the Dallas Police Department require that bus drivers stay with the buses while the students are in the Museum. Directions to the auxillary bus parking lot are included in your confirmation packet.

If anyone in your group is coming by car, parking is available in the Museum's underground garage for a flat rate of $15 per car. DMA Members park free.

 
Where can student groups eat lunch?

Student groups may eat sack lunches in Fleischner Courtard on a first-come, first serve basis. The DMA Sculpture Garden is currently closed. Groups are not allowed to bring sack lunches into the DMA Cafe or the dining area on Eagle Family Plaza. The Museum does not have an indoor eating facility for students in the event of inclement weather and may close outdoor areas due to wet or slippery conditions. Teachers are responsible for making alternative arrangements on cold or rainy days.

Located right outside the Museum's Main Entrance is Klyde Warren Park. There are many places to sit and eat, and students may like having a wide open space to explore.

Note: Fleishner Courtyard is not wheelchair accessible.

 
Can we bring our sack lunches/coolers/backpacks into the Museum?
Food and beverages are not permitted in the galleries. All outside food, including sack lunches, lunch boxes, and water bottles should stay on the bus or in cars during your visit to the DMA. Backpacks, coats, and umbrellas should stay on the bus, but we do have a coat check located across from the main Visitor Services Desk for keeping teacher items safe during your visit.

 
Can we order box lunches from the DMA Cafe?
Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more. Call 214-922-1859 or email atriumcafe@DMA.org for menu options, pricing, and reservations. DMA Cafe Box Lunches Order Form

 
Can my students take pictures/sketch/write essays during their visit?
Photography is allowed in the Museum's collection galleries without a flash. Sketching and writing are permitted in the galleries with graphite and pencils only.

 
What do I do if I have to cancel or reschedule my visit?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your visit, please email tours@DMA.org as soon as possible. If you have a docent-guided tour and you have to cancel on the day of your visit, please email tours@DMA.org AND call the Manager of School Programs at 214-922-1842 as soon as possible so we can contact the volunteers assigned to your tour and let them know they are no longer needed.

 
Frequently Asked Questions about Go van Gogh®

Go van Gogh® brings the Dallas Museum of Art to Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms free of charge. Trained volunteers come to your school and lead hour-long experiences that encourage students to engage with works of art, develop and express ideas and opinions, and make personal and academic connections. All programs include hands-on art-making activities that provide opportunities for individual creative expression. Below are some frequently asked questions about the program. If you have further questions, please email govangogh@DMA.org.

Where does Go van Gogh® go during the school year?
How do I schedule a Go van Gogh® visit to my school in Dallas?
What program topics are available this year?
When are visits available?
How many classrooms can Go van Gogh® visit at one time?
What does the DMA provide for Go van Gogh® programs?
How should I prepare my classroom and students for their Go van Gogh® program?
What if I have a conflict with my program or need to cancel?

 
Where does Go van Gogh® go during the school year?
Go van Gogh® programs are available free of charge for schools within Dallas city limits or part of Dallas ISD, grades Pre-K through 6th. We are in the process of revamping our offerings for schools outside of Dallas; if your school or district is interested in staying informed, contact us at govangogh@DMA.org.

 
How do I schedule a Go van Gogh® visit to my school in Dallas?
To schedule a visit, follow these four easy steps:

  • STEP 1: Determine three possible dates for your visit, double-checking test dates, holidays, class change times, and lunch schedules. If scheduling for other teachers at your school, confirm dates and start times with them before submitting your request.
  • STEP 2: Choose your program topic.
  • STEP 3: Fill out the Request Form at least four weeks before your requested program date.
  • STEP 4: Check your email. You will receive e-mail confirmation of your scheduled date and time within a week of submitting your request.

 
What program topics are available this year?
Go van Gogh® offers a variety of hour-long programs. Read more about this year's program offerings here. Each program is tailored to specific grade levels, and aligns with corresponding curriculum and TEKS objectives. Only one program topic may be scheduled on a single day.

 
When are visits available?
All of our programs take place between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Pre-K visits are available Monday-Friday from September 16, 2019, to May 22, 2020. K-6 visits are available Tuesday-Friday from September 17, 2019 to May 22, 2020. Special Education visits are available Tuesday-Friday in the months of March, April, and May, and receive booking priority during these months.

 
How many classrooms can Go van Gogh® visit at one time?
The number of classrooms we can visit in one morning varies by program type. We can visit four classrooms in a single morning with Pre-K programs and our Spanish K-6 program; one classroom with our Special Education program; and eight classrooms with all other K-6 programs. If scheduling for more than three classes, please schedule half of your classes at 9:30 a.m. and the other half at 10:30 a.m.

 
What does the DMA provide for Go van Gogh® programs?
The DMA provides everything for the program, including all art supplies.

 
How should I prepare my classroom and students for their Go van Gogh® program?
One week before your scheduled Go van Gogh® program, additional confirmation materials will be sent to you to review and distribute to other scheduled teachers. If possible, arrange desks in groups of four to five students each. This will aid in distributing art supplies during the program. Teachers must remain in the classroom during the entire Go van Gogh® program.

 
What if I have a conflict with my program or need to cancel?
Programs cannot be shortened to accommodate conflicts such as lunch schedules or class time changes. If changes occur to your visit after you submitted your Go van Gogh® Request Form, such as changed testing dates, number of classrooms or number of students, contact govangogh@DMA.org at least one week before your program date.