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Group Visits

Reservations are required for all group tours, even self-led tours. Call the Museum to reserve your tour: 573-882-3591. Make the museum your classroom by scheduling a school tour at the Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Please plan ahead. Groups of 10 or more, whether led by a Museum docent/staff or self-guided by a teacher, must contact the Museum to arrange the visit. Groups without advance reservations cannot be assured that the Museum will be able to accommodate them. Docent-led tours must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance.

Types of Tours

Public, adult
University affiliated, adult
University students, affiliated with a class
College age students from other institutions
High school students
Middle school and junior high students
Elementary students
Home school students
Children’s events
Private tours affiliated with tour provider

Policy Regarding Maximum Group Size for Tours

These policies affect the maximum number of individuals in a led tour; and do not apply to general building walk-throughs which do not require presentations or a tour leader, and for which the group would not be moving through the building en masse.

  • For university students, whether from MU or other campuses or colleges, acceptable group size is no more than 20-25, with larger groups broken up into a series of smaller groups. In this case the professor or instructor scheduling the tour will need to decide how to best divide the group.
  • For general adult or secondary school audiences the maximum led group size is 20. Larger groups should be divided into a series of smaller groups; the teachers or group leaders scheduling the tour are responsible for dividing the group.
  • For elementary school and pre-secondary groups, the maximum group size is 15. Adult chaperones are required.
  • For preschool groups the maximum group size is 10 pre-school children plus 3 or more adult chaperones.

The Museum welcomes all groups, and has adopted these policies to ensure that all visitors, whether individuals or members of groups, can best engage authentic objects and enjoy the Museum's unique and irreplaceable collections of art and artifacts.

Exceptions to these group limits will only be made by the supervising curator of the gallery involved, at his or her discretion.

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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.

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