school tours


As an educator, you have a choice of reserving experiences in the Hot Shop Amphitheater, the Galleries, the Education Studio or a combination of all three. A docent will meet your group when you arrive and escort you to your chosen experiences. Each experience lasts 30-minutes and is aligned with Washington State standards. If your group is large (maximum 80 students) or consists of more than one class, we are happy to help you work out a rotating itinerary to get the most from your visit.

Our tours are targeted for grades 3-12, but this does not exclude younger visitors. We are happy to adjust the level of a tour to our audience—we even offer specialized preschool tours.


What will students experience?

Galleries – We identify major themes, stylistic content and aesthetics through careful research to produce an interactive, interpretive experience for students. Students experience the art, are engaged with questions and challenged to draw conclusions.

Education Studio – The art studio provides opportunities for hands-on engagement with the ideas behind the art. An interactive, experiential learning space, the art studio operates as an extension of the Museum’s exhibitions. 

Hot Shop – In the Hot Shop Amphitheater, students witness art in the making! The Museum’s resident team of glass blowers demonstrates the intriguing process of creating art from molten glass. Observing the artists at work enhances each student’s Museum experience by broadening their understanding of the art: the physics and chemistry of glass, as well as its cultural and historical aspects.

Theater – The theater provides a forum for lectures, panels, musical events, drama, storytelling and readings to create multi-faceted learning opportunities and provide a global context for the art. On a typical day, visitors can view a series of special documentaries based on contemporary art and artists and working with the medium of glass.

Can I lead my own tour?

Sorry, the Museum of Glass does not offer self-guided tours for grades K-12.

How much does it cost?

$6 per student ($8 for Science of Art)
$6 per chaperone/teacher

You may pay for your group when you arrive for the tour. Please make your payment a single transaction with cash, organization check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) or purchase order. Sorry, we cannot accept coupons, vouchers, family memberships or other discounts with school tours.

Do you provide financial aid?

The Museum has limited funds available to assist schools needing financial aid for transportation and/or admission costs. To apply for these funds, download our School Group Funding Request Form. The funds are limited to Washington State schools; schools outside of Seattle and Tacoma will have preference for transportation funds. Awards will be based on need and may be any percentage of total cost.

Thank you Tulalip Tribe Charitable Fund and Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Foundation for your support!

Learn about Pierce Transit’s Class Pass Program »

What about lunch?

If you plan to be at the Museum over lunch time, we are happy to provide a stanchioned area for your class to enjoy lunch inside during the colder, wetter days. On more pleasant days, your group can enjoy eating outside on the Museum’s plazas. Children are welcome to bring a sack lunch or purchase a boxed lunch from the Museum Café

What about tours for non-school groups?

Please visit our Group Tours page for information.



Contact Elisabeth Emerson



Our tour coordinator will respond promptly to book your group's tour.  A credit card number is required to hold your reservation.

Please schedule your tour a minimum of two weeks in advance and have a credit card ready to hold your reservation.  Docent-led tours are based on the availability of our docents, so book early!



After you book the tour, we’ll send you pre-visit materials including an overview of the Museum, driving directions and a confirmation letter.



Call Elisabeth Emerson at 253.284.4713 at least 72 hours prior to your visit. We will do everything we can to help you reschedule. “No Shows” will be charged a $30 processing fee to the credit card or purchase order used to hold the reservation.


School Visit Program sponsored by

  • BNSF Railway Foundation
  • Wal-Mart
  • Sound Credit Union

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