Please read information below about scheduling and what to expect from a School Visit at the Getty Center before filling out the request form.

Reservations for the 2017-18 school year will open at 9:00 a.m. on June 5, 2017.

Getty Center Visit Request Form

Scheduling Your Visit
Monday Visits
Chaperone Requirements
Guided Visits
Self-Guided Visits
Before Your Visit
After Your Visit
Picnic Times and Box Lunches
Other Frequently Asked Questions

Scheduling Your Visit
School Visits at the Getty are FREE and will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

A reservation may be made for up to 120 students in grades K–12. Submit your request online.

Q: What if I want to bring a group that is larger than 120 students?
You must submit two requests. The groups will be scheduled at different times, and will not be scheduled on the same day.

Q: May I make a school group reservation over the phone?
Due to the high volume of school requests and the number of details we must collect, please use the online request system.

Q: I am bringing more/fewer students than I indicated in my request. How do I make a change?
To modify attendance on an existing request, please log in to your account, or call (310) 440-7322.

Q: I don't want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are required for all school groups, whether self-guided or guided.

Monday Visits
The Getty Center is pleased to offer Guided Visits on Mondays when the Museum is closed to the general public. Please note that only select galleries are open and school groups must exit the Museum galleries promptly after the Guided Visit is over. The Family Room and Sketching Galleries are closed on Mondays. Monday school groups may visit the Central Garden. You may also self-guide through the Special Exhibition pavilion beginning on the third Monday after an exhibition opens. All school groups must exit the Getty Center grounds by 1:00 on Mondays.

Dates special exhibitions will be available to self-guiding Monday groups in the 2017–18 school year are:
Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas, October 2, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World, March 27 – September 9, 2018

Due to the high volume of requests that we receive, we prioritize sending confirmations according to the date of the visit requested. If you have any questions on the status of your request or you have not received a confirmation email within four weeks, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

Chaperone Requirements
We require one teacher or adult chaperone for every 15 students. Chaperones are responsible for monitoring and accompanying students at all times during their visit, even if students are high-school aged, for safety and security purposes.
Download Getty Center Chaperone Guidelines in English and Spanish (PDF, 119KB)

For Guided Visits, be prepared to separate your entire school group into smaller groups of 10-15 students. Your groups may be as small as 8 and as large as 18 students. We will tell you the exact number when you arrive. We will do our best to keep students in your class together, but please be flexible according to staff requests to divide students. Chaperones are responsible for monitoring and accompanying students at all times during their visit, even if students are high-school aged, for safety and security purposes.

Q: What responsibilities do chaperones have?
All chaperones are responsible for monitoring student behavior and making sure the group stays together, even if students are high-school aged. During a Guided Visit, each chaperone must stay with the tour and be quietly engaged for the full duration.

Q: Is there a maximum number for chaperones?
Yes. A maximum of two chaperones per 15 students are allowed. Only two chaperones may join each guided group, which may be smaller than 15 students each. Additional chaperones may tour the galleries on their own and rejoin the school group after the tour has ended.

Q: Do I really need chaperones for my high school students? They are practically adults.
Yes. All school groups in grades K–12 must be accompanied by a non-student adult age 18 or older for safety and security purposes. If students are found wandering the site without adequate chaperones, they will be required by Security to rejoin their chaperone or leave the galleries.

Q: How long will my entire visit last?
For planning purposes, estimate that your entire visit will last approximately three hours. However, your group may stay at the Getty in small groups with chaperones as long as your schedule permits.

Guided Visits
Our “A Closer Look” lesson is ideal for first-time art museum visitors. Your docent will engage students through grade-appropriate discussion and activities carried out across four 15-minute stops, each in a different gallery. Students will practice looking closely at one or more works of art in each gallery, learning to actively construct understanding using their own observations.
This lesson addresses Common Core Standards and supports the Visual Arts Content Standards in the area of perception and aesthetic valuing for grades K–12.

Q: How long is the guided portion of the visit?
Guided Visits are one hour: four 15-minute stops, each in a different gallery. Please arrive on time. Arriving late will require your tour to be shortened.

Q: Can my students have a tour of a particular exhibit or display?
Unfortunately, we cannot conduct Guided Visits of specific exhibitions, but you may explore any exhibition before or after your scheduled Guided Visit. Visits scheduled on Monday cannot self-guide in the Museum except for the Special Exhibitions pavilion beginning the third Monday after an exhibition is open. See exact dates for specific exhibitions above. Monday school groups may also visit the Central Garden.

Q: What if I want to guide my students through the galleries myself?
Please request a Self-Guided Visit. We offer several activities covering many topics for self-guiding teachers: Self-Guided Visit Activities

Self-Guided Visits
Teachers of grades K–12 are welcome to independently lead students through the galleries at the Getty Center. We highly recommend that you arrive at the Center with a plan for your visit. We have grade-specific activity packets for your visit (see Visit Activities), or you can create your own lessons.

If your group is larger than 20 students, please separate them into smaller groups each with its own chaperone. Each group must tour independently. One self-guided group is allowed in any particular gallery at a time. Please be aware that Guided Visits led by docents may be happening at the same time you are in the galleries. Wherever possible, please allow docents access to works of art so that they can teach their lessons.

GettyGuide® Multimedia Players
Teachers of students in grades 6–12 may request and reserve GettyGuide multimedia players at no cost during Self-Guided Visits on a first-come, first-served basis. GettyGuide interactive multimedia content features videos, audio recordings, and detailed information about the works of art on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum. GettyGuide can be accessed on an iPod touch® at the Museum, on your smartphone with the Goggles® app for iPhone and Android, and on the Museum Collection section of this website.

Q: How do I request multimedia players?
On the request form, indicate that you would like to reserve GettyGuide multimedia players. You may reserve up to 120 devices. One adult per every 15 students must provide picture ID as collateral for the players, and will be held responsible for any missing or broken players.

Q: Can I preview the content on the multimedia players?
We recommend that you visit the Getty prior to your visit and use a multimedia player to pre-plan your stops. Find more information about our Getty Guides. Make a free reservation by calling (310) 440-7322 and speaking with a school group associate.

Q: Are there any age restrictions for multimedia players?
Only teachers of grades 6–12 may request and reserve GettyGuide multimedia players.

Before Your Visit
In preparation, please do the following activities with your students in the classroom before your visit:

Q: Will clipboards and pencils be available for my visit?
Pick up clipboards and pencils in the designated School Group Area when you arrive. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Please return all materials after use so that the next school group may use them. Please note that we do not provide paper.

After Your Visit
When you return to your classroom, use our post-visit activities to encourage students to reflect upon their experiences at the Getty Center.

Parking is FREE for school groups.

Q: Some chaperones want to arrive separately by car. Do they have to pay, and do they need a reservation?
When filling out your application, make sure to use the field where you can indicate that additional chaperones will be arriving by car in order to receive accommodations. If you need to make changes to an existing reservation, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

Picnic Times and Box Lunches
Download Getty Center Picnic Guidelines (PDF, 107KB)

An unsheltered, outdoor picnic area is available at the Getty Center for school groups to use at pre-scheduled times. Your picnic time is determined by your arrival time and is not changeable. On rainy days we cannot accommodate picnics; please have an alternate lunch plan, such as having students eat before leaving school in the morning or upon returning to school after their visit. If you choose to eat on site, students will need to eat on the bus.

Q: May we purchase lunches at the Getty?
Teachers can preorder box lunches for students. Please contact Bon Appètit's catering department at (310) 440-6213 or for current prices and menus.
Box Lunch Menu (PDF, 229KB)

Q: May we change our scheduled picnic time?
Due to the high volume of school groups using the picnic facilities, your picnic time cannot be changed.

Q: When it rains, may we eat lunch inside the Getty Center Cafe?
We cannot allow large school groups to eat in the Getty Center Cafe due to fire code safety and capacity regulations. On rainy days, we recommend that school groups eat lunches on the bus or in the car before arrival, or after visiting the Getty Center.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I don't want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are required for all school groups. If you would like to guide your students yourself, please request a Self-Guided Visit.

Q: Do I have to submit an application for each location if I want to come to both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa?
Yes, two separate requests are required.

Q: Do you have programs for homeschools?
Homeschool groups of 15 students or more are welcome to request a visit. Homeschool groups must follow the same procedures and guidelines as all other school groups.

Q: My school is concerned about the appropriateness of the artwork at the Getty.
The Getty Center displays works of art produced throughout Western art history. Many of these depict nudity and religious scenes.

If you are concerned, we recommend you review our collection on our website and also welcome you to make a free reservation to come see our galleries before your scheduled visit. Please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate. We also recommend that you request a Self-Guided Visit so that you can determine the exact sequence of artworks you wish to see.

Q: What happens if we arrive late?
Please arrive on time. Arriving late will result in a shortened Guided Lesson since gallery docents and picnic times are scheduled at consecutively appointed times.

Q: Why didn't I receive a free bus?
Getty bus funding for eligible Title I schools is limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Bus funding is not guaranteed and not automatic. If bus funding is available at the time you request a school visit, the online request system will provide further instructions and information.

Q: I am receiving bus funding. When will you schedule my bus?
It is the school's responsibility to schedule transportation. If you are approved for bus funding, you will receive instructions about how to schedule your bus prior to your visit. See bus-funding guidelines for more information, or call (310)440–7322 to speak with a school group associate.