Planning School Visits

Tour group in gallery

Inspire learning, have fun, and help meet Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) at the KIA. Add a hands-on art-making project to your visit for a small charge.

School tours are free! Many Kalamazoo County K-8 schools qualify for bus transporation rebates busing subsidy (PDF) from KRESA/EFA.

  • Tours are free for school groups.
  • Tour themes are connected to the exhibitions on view, and are customized for the needs of different ages and interests.
  • Minimum group size is 10; maximum group size is 60.
  • Please schedule 3-4 weeks in advance.
  • Educator Packets provide information and classroom connections.

School tour times

  • Tuesday-Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. Galleries are closed on Mondays.
  • K-12 Tours with hands-on project are available Tuesday through Friday between 10 am and 12 pm.
  • Learn more about preK-2 or K-12 tour options.

Scheduling your visit

  • For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Assistant Curator of Youth & Family Programs Jessica Sundstrom at jessicas@kiarts.org or 269/585-9277
  • Call or email with date and time, alternate dates, and any special needs the group may have.
  • Groups provide their own transportation.
  • Group leaders are encouraged to visit the KIA in advance for a pre-visit tour with museum educators, please call for an appointment.
  • The KIA is handicap accessible, and we can provide wheelchairs upon request.
  • School group chaperone requirement: Through 1st grade: 1 adult per 8-10 students; Grades 2 and up: 1 adult per 10-15 students.
  • There are no facilities or space for eating lunch in the museum.

Thanks to our tour Sponsors Santreece Foundation and Pfizer, Inc.