The minimum group size for all school tours is fifteen students. The maximum is forty or sixty students, depending on the tour. Group size restrictions are listed under each school tour in the School Programs listing.
The minimum group size for performing arts programs is thirty students. The maximum is sixty students. Specific information about individual programs can be found under each school performance in the School Programs listing.
?How many teachers and chaperones may I bring?
Due to space constraints, we limit the total number of adults (teachers and chaperones) to a maximum of ten per tour. Up to four adults are admitted free of charge; additional adults will be charged $6 each.
Please consider the following suggested adult (teachers and chaperones included)/student ratios when booking your school visit:
Pre-K and K classes: one adult for every five students.
Grades 1–4: one adult for every ten students.
Grades 5–12: one adult for every fifteen students.
Teachers and chaperones are responsible for supporting the students’ learning experience and accompanying students at all times during their visit.
?How should I prepare for the visit?
Prior to your visit, view and complete the teacher guide for your tour. To download a PDF, go to the School Programs listing, and click on the “Download the teacher guide” link underneath the appropriate tour description.
?What time do school programs begin?
School tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and are ninety minutes to two hours in length. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to allow for snack and restroom breaks.
Performing arts programs generally begin at 10:00 a.m. and are one to two hours in length. See individual program details in the School Programs listing.
?May we take pictures?
Photography is often not permitted in our changing exhibition galleries. However, you may always take candid photos in the permanent exhibitions, Noah's Ark at the Skirball™ and Visions and Values, as well as in the classrooms and courtyards. Photography may be allowed during select performing arts programs; please e-mail questions regarding photography to email@example.com before taking photos at the performance.
?Can students return on another day with their families?
Yes! All students participating in Skirball school programs receive a Family Pass on the day of their visit that is good for one day of free admission to the Skirball galleries, including Noah’s Ark.
?Is there a gift shop?
Yes. While we do not recommend visiting Audrey's Museum Store with large groups of students, we do offer a $3 goody bag so that students can bring home mementos of their trip to the Skirball. Teachers must pre-order these souvenirs for students at least two weeks before the tour date. Information on the goody bags and order forms can be downloaded here. Teachers also receive a 10% discount at Audrey’s Museum Store for books, art supplies, music, and more. Please show your teacher ID to receive these benefits. Time for adults to shop is not built in to program times. Adults should remain with the group at all times.
?What accommodations do you offer to make the Skirball accessible and inclusive?
As part of its mission, the Skirball strives to welcome people of all communities. An ever-expanding list of amenities and services can be found on our accessibility webpage.
Select your school tour—For detailed tour descriptions, click on the School Programs tab above. Descriptions include dates and times, group size, links to pre-visit materials (if available), and other important information.
Create your account—You must create an account before submitting a tour request. Click on the "REGISTER NOW" button for your desired school tour and follow prompts to create an account. Upon creating an account, you will receive an e-mail with a temporary user name and password. Please check your inbox and follow the instructions in the e-mail.
Schedule your visit—When filling out your tour request form, please follow instructions carefully and make sure to fill out all required fields correctly; our online system does not accept incomplete forms. Please note that providing incorrect information related to grade level, not meeting tour attendance minimum, or significantly exceeding attendance maximum may result in tour cancelation. We are not able to guarantee a tour date if incorrect information is provided. Groups that are not scheduled will not be admitted.
Await your scholarship confirmation—If you have requested a bus and/or admission scholarship, please allow up to four weeks to receive a confirmation of whether or not your group has received financial assistance.
?How do I register for a performance program or film screening?
Select your school performance or film screening—For detailed program descriptions, click on the School Programs tab above. Descriptions include dates and times, group size, links to pre-visit materials (if available), and other important information.
Submit your request—Click on the "REGISTER NOW" button for your desired school performance or film screening. Complete and submit the online request form for that program. Make sure to fill out all required fields; incomplete forms will not be accepted by our online system. You will receive an automated e-mail when your request has been received by our system. Please note that the automated e-mail is not a final confirmation of your trip; it only indicates that your request has been received.
Await your confirmation—Once you have received the automated e-mail acknowledging receipt of your request, please allow up to four weeks to receive confirmation of your visit. Groups who have not been scheduled will not be admitted.
School program admission fee: $2 per student
Up to four free chaperones; $6 per additional adult (maximum of ten adults)
A final invoice will be sent by e-mail after the program is completed. The final cost is based on actual attendance numbers on the day of the visit. Please do not bring payment with you on the day of your visit.
Cancellations must be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org ten days prior to your visit or your school will be billed based on the original confirmation numbers.
?Are transportation scholarships available?
Yes, the Skirball provides bus scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis to public schools in need. You may apply for a bus scholarship online when you submit your school program request form. Scholarship status will be indicated in your confirmation of visit, including a scholarship number and detailed instructions for ordering your bus.
Note: Bus scholarships are not transferable and are limited to $380 per scholarship. Each school may receive up to four bus scholarships per school year.
Schools are responsible for making their own bus arrangements; the Skirball does not book or cancel bus reservations on behalf of schools.
?Are admission scholarships available?
Yes, the Skirball provides admission scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis to public schools in need. You may apply for a bus scholarship online when you submit your school program request form. Scholarship status will be indicated in your confirmation of visit.
The Skirball Cultural Center is located in the Sepulveda Pass just off the 405 Freeway, 2.5 miles south of the 101 Freeway. Traveling north or south on the 405, take the Skirball Ctr. Dr. exit and make a right onto Sepulveda Blvd. For customized driving directions, visit the Google Map and enter your starting address.
?Where do we park at the Skirball?
Buses must park in the Skirball’s eastern parking garage (“East Lot”), located across Sepulveda Blvd.
Yes. Students are welcome to have a snack upon arrival at the Skirball on the front steps. Please arrive thirty minutes prior to the start of your program so that students have time for a snack and bathroom break.
?May we eat lunch at the Skirball?
Due to limited resources, we are not able to accommodate groups for lunch on campus at this time. However, with your e-mailed confirmation, you will also receive a list of nearby parks that can serve as alternate lunch sites. You can also view the list here or download a PDF here.