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2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500
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School Tours

Our Pre-K to Grade 12 tours encourage students to learn actively, use their imaginations, and explore culture and history. The programs align with the Common Core Standards for English language arts and the California State Standards for social studies, language arts, science, and the visual and performing arts. All tours are supported with resources, such as pre-visit materials, to help connect the on-site visit to classroom learning.

For information about registering for School Programs or obtaining bus and admission scholarships, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have already taken a tour or attended a performing arts program and would like to provide us with feedback about your experience, please click here.

School Tours for 2014–2015

Noah's Ark at the Skirball
Journey Through Time: Stories of the Jewish People
At Home in L.A.
Architecture at the Skirball
Americans and Their Family Stories
Archaeology of the Near East
Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Stories
American Identity: Immigration in the Age of Diversity
Stories of Struggle and Resilience
Light & Noir: Exhibition Tour and Film Screening
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
 

REGISTRATION FOR 2014–2015 SCHOOL PROGRAMS IS NOW OPEN.


Noah's Ark at the Skirball

PRE-K–GRADE 2

Noah's Ark at the Skirball


Suggested number of students: 15–50
Duration of visit: 1.5 hours (10:00–11:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted)
CA state standards covered: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Welcome aboard! Inside the Skirball's award-winning destination Noah's Ark—filled with animals crafted from recycled materials and everyday objects—students participate in a variety of hands-on learning experiences such as storytelling, music making, close looking and observation, physical challenges, and collaborating to care for the Ark's inhabitants.

Due to a high volume of requests, Noah’s Ark school programs are now at capacity. Please review other school programs appropriate for your grade level, including school performance programs. For teacher professional development information, click here. To be added to our mailing list, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To download Noah’s Ark at the Skirball pre-visit materials for Pre-KKindergarten, click here.
To download Noah’s Ark at the Skirball pre-visit materials for Grades 12, click here.


BE A "BUILD A BETTER WORLD" SCHOOL!

Grade 2 teachers, interested in learning about community service with your class? Check the "Build a Better World" box on the online registration form to be eligible for a special project designed to teach students about empathy, collaboration, and civic responsibility—beginning on the Noah’s Ark school tour and continuing in your classroom with support from Skirball educators and community partner organizations. Select schools will receive an in-school lesson led by a Skirball educator.


SUMMER NOAH'S ARK SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Summer Noah’s Ark School Programs are open to year-round schools, pre-schools, and summer programs serving Pre-K through Grade 2 students.

Due to a high volume of requests, summer Noah's Ark school programs are now at capacity. To be added to the waitlist, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS IN NOAH'S ARK

Suggested number of students: 15–50
Duration of visit:1.5 hours (3:30–5:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted) 

Organizations with after-school programs are invited to register for facilitated, interactive visits to Noah’s Ark at the Skirball. Tours are available on selected Tuesdays afternoons, during public Museum hours, throughout the school year. Each program includes educator-led activities along with exploration time aboard Noah’s Ark.

To register for after-school programs in Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, click here.

A limited number of bus and admission scholarships are available for organizations with after-school programs. Apply for bus and admission scholarship when you submit your online tour request. For more information, see the FAQ page. 

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Journey Through Time

GRADE 2

JOURNEY THROUGH TIME:
STORIES OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE


Suggested number of students: 15–50
Duration of visit: 2 hours (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Through immersive storytelling and exploration of objects in the Museum's permanent collection, students gain a greater understanding of Jewish culture. Journeying back in time, they travel a route to ancient Israel, become merchants at a trading post along the Silk Road to China, visit fifteenth-century Spain, and move into a crowded house in an Eastern European village. Each class also re-enacts the Hanukkah story through dramatic play, and completes an art project inspired by Patricia Polacco’s book The Keeping Quilt.

To register for Journey Through Time: Stories of the Jewish People, click here.

To download Journey Through Time: Stories of the Jewish People pre-visit materials, click here.

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At Home in L.A.

GRADE 3

At Home in L.A.


Suggested number of students: 15–50
Duration of visit: 2 hours (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Los Angeles’ incredible diversity and the cross-cultural values of teaching and learning,  hospitality, and caring for the earth are celebrated in this interactive program. Students make music together, discuss their own families’ cultural celebrations around a Jewish holiday table, explore major life events through objects, and create a take-home project related to community service.

Due to a high volume of requests, At Home in L.A. school programs are now at capacity. To be added to our waitlist, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information about other opportunities appropriate for your grade level, please review our school performance programs. For teacher professional development information, click here.

To download At Home in L.A. pre-visit materials, click here.

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At Home in L.A.

GRADE 4

Architecture at the Skirball


Suggested number of students: 15–50
Duration of visit: 2 hours (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
CA standards covered: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Students discover the art and science of architecture by exploring the dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces of the Skirball campus, designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A take-home architecture sketchbook helps students capture the lines, measurements, and textures of the Skirball's unique campus. Students then act as architects themselves through a collaborative building project. 

Due to a high volume of requests, Architecture school programs are now at capacity. To be added to our waitlist, e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information about other opportunities appropriate for your grade level, please review our school performance programs. For teacher professional development information, click here.

To download Architecture at the Skirball pre-visit materials, click here.

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Americans and Their Family Stories

GRADE 5

Americans and Their Family Stories


Suggested number of students: 15–60
Duration of visit: 2 hours (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
CA state standards covered: Social Studies

Students explore stories of immigrants from around the world by examining artifacts from different cultures and time period, then re-enact the American immigrant experience at the turn of the twentieth century by undergoing the inspection process at Ellis Island, attending public school in 1908, and searching for an occupation in the midst of a bustling New York City neighborhood.

Due to a high volume of requests, Americans and Their Family Stories school programs are now at capacity. To be added to our waitlist, e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information about other opportunities appropriate for your grade level, please review our school performance programs. For teacher professional development information, click here.

To download Americans and Their Family Stories pre-visit materials, click here.

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Archaeology of the Near East

GRADE 6

Archaeology of the Near East


Suggested number of students: 15–60
Duration of visit: 2 hours (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Science

At the Skirball’s Archaeology Discovery Center and in a simulated archaeological site modeled after an ancient town discovered in the Near East, students use authentic tools of the trade to explore the history, commerce, religion, and cultural practices of people from the Iron Age, and compare life today with life in the ancient past.

NOTE: In case of rain, an indoor alternative will be substituted for the dig-site activity.

Due to a high volume of requests, Archaeology school programs are now at capacity. To be added to our waitlist, e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information about other opportunities appropriate for your grade level, please review our school performance programs. For teacher professional development information, click here.

To download Archaeology of the Near East pre-visit materials, click here.

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Immigration Journeys to America

GRADE 8

Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Stories


Suggested number of students: 15–60
Duration of visit: 2 hours (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Through interaction with historical artifacts and discussion of contemporary issues in immigration, students uncover the stories of American Jewish immigrants from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and consider how they compare to immigrants’ experiences today. A take-home scrapbook further helps the students capture these historical stories, as well as their own. 

To register for Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Stories, click here.

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American Identity: Immigration in the Age of Diversity

High School

American Identity: Immigration in the Age of Diversity


Suggested number of students: 15–60
Duration of visit: 2 hours (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
CA state standards covered: Social Studies

Through encounters with artifacts and stories in the Museum galleries, students delve into the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American Jewish experience, explore commonalities and differences among immigrant groups in the United States, and consider how contemporary immigration issues affect family, heritage, culture, and public policy.

To register for American Identity: Immigration in the Age of Diversity, click here.

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Stories of Struggle and Resilience

High School

STORIES OF STRUGGLE AND RESILIENCE


Suggested number of students: 15–60
Duration of visit: 2 hours (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
CA state standards covered: Social Studies

The Jewish experience in Europe from the mid-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century was marked by perseverance in the face of adversity. Students learn about this tumultuous period and the rise of totalitarianism in Europe by viewing copies of the Nuremberg Laws—the blueprint for the Third Reich—and related artifacts. The tour also features a screening and discussion of powerful video testimonies by Holocaust survivors from the USC Shoah Foundation archives.

To register for Stories of Struggle and Resilience, click here.

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Light & Noir

High School

Light & Noir: Exhibition Tour

November 2014–February 2015 only!


Suggested number of students: 15–60
Duration of visit: 2 hours (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

What is film noir and what is its relationship to American immigration and cultural history? By exploring the Skirball exhibitions Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 and The Noir Effect, students explore the historical and contemporary relevance of the noir sensibility and the central role that immigrants fleeing Nazi Germany played in its creation. 

To register for the Light & Noir exhibition tour, click here.

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Bill Graham

High School

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

Spring 2015 only!


Suggested number of students: 15–60
Duration of visit: 2 hours (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Students take a rockin’ journey through two momentous decades in American musical history—the 1960s and 1970s—by touring the Skirball exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. Immersive gallery experiences, vintage rock posters, and historical artifacts from the period shed light on this era of cultural change and on music’s powerful role in raising awareness about social and civic issues. The exhibition’s subject, rock impresario Bill Graham, was a pioneer whose early experiences as a European Jewish orphan and American immigrant influenced his career and social beliefs.

For more information about the Bill Graham and the Revolution of Rock school program, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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