Tours are available Tuesday and Wednesday of each week except at the Bolt Museum which can accommodate tours throughout the week. Although we can accommodate tours throughout the day, tours scheduled in the morning allow your group to explore the museum without having the general public also present. Morning tours should be scheduled to begin from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, as the average length of a tour is one hour.
The school class tour admission fee is $20.00 per class. We prefer payment in advance, but no later than the day of the tour. We do accept purchase orders in lieu of checks or cash. The fee does cover all the students in a single class, their teacher, accompanying chaperones up to one per five students (extra chaperones are $2.50 each), and includes any bus drivers.
- One Class of 3rd to 6th Grade Students (Max. 35) - $20
- Adult Chaperones (Maximum 1 per 5 students) - Free
- Additional chaperones - $2.50
- No tours available for Pre K3 classes
- School classes above 6th grade (per student) - $2.50.
We do request that there be at least one adult for every five students in the lower grades and at least one adult for every ten students in the upper grades. Because the Museum has small viewing areas, and spaces with many valuable artifacts in them, we prefer to divide the students into groups of ten to fifteen students with at least two adults per group. We do request that the adults DO NOT bring siblings or babies with them; they are too much of a distraction, and strollers do not negotiate the museum spaces easily.
Please discuss the following Museum Rules with your class before the tour. These rules are necessary to preserve the artifacts inside for future generations.
- No handling or touching artifacts, unless directed to do so by a docent.
No sitting on furniture.
No running, jumping or other “outside” behavior.
Stay with your designated group.
Show respect for the docents and fellow students by listening attentively.
Take turns asking questions.
If you wish to tour two museums in one day, you may plan a picnic lunch for your students in between tours. At the Lott Home you may use the picnic area of Sank Park. When you go to the Chinese Temple the Rotary Park is a short block away. At the Pioneer Museum there is the Nature Center across Bridge Street. All of these three places have tables and benches and rest rooms. We recommend that you do not schedule more than two museums in one day, as the students become “museumed-out” and too restless to enjoy their experience.
For Adult groups, the Bolt museum has many options for your visit including a lecture on an historical time or event, such as the Dust Bowl. Just note your interest in such a presentation in the form and we will have one of their docents contact you.
Our docents and hosts at each facility are here to make your visits enjoyable as well as educational and we look forward to a chance to serve you.