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Scheduling and Planning Self-Led Tours

Reservations are required for all group tours, even self-led tours. Call the Museum to reserve your tour: 573-882-3591. Groups without advance reservations cannot be assured that the Museum will be able to accommodate them.


Adult chaperones are responsible for the students’ conduct and adherence to the rules for proper behavior in the Museum galleries. Chaperones must remain with their groups at all times. One adult chaperone for every ten students in grades 4 through 12 and one adult chaperone for every six students in grades 3 and under is required. Failure to adequately supervise your students may result in the group being asked to leave the Museum.


To avoid cancellations, check your school’s calendar for test dates, holidays, report card pick-up days, special activities, etc., before scheduling your tour. If you must cancel a tour, call 573-882-3591 immediately so that Docents assigned and prepared for your tour may be informed.


Admission to the Museum of Art and Archaeology is free (with some exceptions for special events).


The main entrance to the Museum of Art and Archaeology is on the west side of the building overlooking the Francis Quadrangle. You may also enter the Museum from the east entrance facing Ninth Street. See Visitor Information.


The Museum has limited parking at the east entrance, and spaces are reserved for handicap and volunteer parking only. There is metered parking outside the Museum on and near Ninth Street. For additional parking information, see Visitor Information: Parking.

Bus Parking: Busses may park temporarily just south of the stop sign on Ninth Street outside the Museum. For more options for bus parking, call Bus Parking Information at 573-882-4568.

Classroom Preparation

Prepare your students to look at and discuss works of art at the Museum. See Pre-visit Activities (in Word; in pdf) and Post-visit Activities (in Word; in pdf).

Museum Manners

Please remind your group of Museum Manners:

  1. Walk through the galleries – and look in the direction you are walking;
  2. Keep your voice respectful in volume and tone;
  3. Keep your hands to yourself; touching objects can damage them;
  4. Food and drink are not allowed in the upstairs galleries;
  5. Photography of objects is limited and subject to the approval of the Museum staff;
  6. Use pencils only when writing/drawing;
  7. Backpacks, book bags, and umbrellas are not permitted in the galleries – space is provided near the information desk for storage of these items.
  8. Please use your cell phone outside of the Museum.

Students with Disabilities

When making a reservation, please indicate your need for any specialized information or assistance for your students. The Museum is wheelchair accessible.

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- Online Exhibitions

- Missouri Art, Artists & Artifacts: A Fourth Grade Social Studies Curricular Tour (Word)   
- Learning to Look Guide (pdf)
- Discussing sensitive subjects with children (Word)
- Addressing nudity in art (Word)
- Pre-Visit Activities (Word) (pdf)
- Post-Visit Activities (Word) (pdf)

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Event Photos
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Lion King Photo Gallery
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Thank You Notes
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Thank you notes to Betty Brown
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The Museum is currently closed and moving to Mizzou North. Please continue to check our website for updates and the openings of galleries.