School Tour Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost?

Our tours are free of cost, thanks to The AVANGRID Foundation, Inc., the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Unum. Free bus transportation for Portland Public Schools is made possible by Culture Club-Portland.


When are visits available?

·             Monday through Friday, Memorial Day through October 31

·             Wednesday through Friday, November 1 through Memorial Day

·             Between 10am-4pm


How long do tours last?

Our tours are one hour. Tours for Pre-K students are 45 minutes. 


How many students can I bring?

Most tours can accommodate groups up to 60 students per tour hour. Students will be broken into smaller groups for their tour experience.


What will my students do on a tour?

Each tour is a unique experience but a few things you can count are exploring between three and eight authentic works of art through a series of conversation, inquiry, and hands-on activities. If you would like something specific, let us know when you book and we’ll do our best to accommodate you requests.


Can we explore on our own afterwards?

Please contact us if you are interested in extending your visit.


Can we request specific artists or artworks to be included on our tour?

We love to customize tours! During the booking process, please let us know what you are interested in and we will do our best to accommodate.


How many chaperones are required?

Students must be accompanied by chaperones at all times while in the galleries. We request that there be at least 1 chaperone for every 10 students in grades 1-12 and at least 1 chaperone for every 7 students Pre-K and Kindergarten. 


Can we eat our lunch on site?

Unfortunately, we do not have indoor space for students to eat. If you would like to eat outside, there is a grassy area on the PMA campus that can accommodate up to 40 students. Nearby Deering Oaks Park or Congress Square Park can also accommodate your groups.


Can we come self-guided without a tour?

The museum strongly encourages docent-led tours for K-12 audiences. If you wish to develop a teacher-led tour, please send an inquiry to the Learning and Interpretation department. Please note unregistered groups will not be admitted to the museum if their visit conflicts with scheduled groups. Admission fees are not waived for unscheduled school groups.

Do you have bus parking?

We do not have bus parking, however buses may temporarily park in the loading zone in front of the museum for student drop of and pick up. During the visits, busses can wait at the City lot at the corner of Park and Commercial streets across the street from the IMT (International Marine Terminal) or at Deering Oaks Park, on the tennis court road.