Group Tour Options
Groups of ten or more may visit the museum independent of a guide. Please schedule at least two days in advance to receive discounted rates.
$16 per adult / $14 per senior/veteran / $10 per college student / $4 per Pre-K - 12 student
Groups of ten or more may schedule tours with our guides, who are paid professionals and fully trained in tour pedagogy and content. One tour guide can accommodate up to 25 people. Guided tour price covers admission, valid for the entire day of your visit.
$16 per adult / $14 per senior/veteran / $10 per college student
Plus $60 tour guide fee
Pre-K - 12 School Groups
See options below to select the tour that would best complement your curriculum. One tour guide can accommodate up to 25 people. Guided tour price covers admission, valid for the entire day of your visit.
1-hour tour: $4 per student plus $30 tour guide fee
2-hour tour: $8 per student plus $30 tour guide fee
Add art-making (1/2 hour): $4 per student
Self-guided: $4 per student
Chaperones: 1 adult free for every 10 students; additional adults $16 per adult
Senior education intern Zorelly Cepeda-Derieux presents Nick Veasey’s Bus to grade 3 Brayton Elementary students.
Tour Themes for School Groups
● Highlights tour (1 hour): Gain tools for looking at and interpreting art through the lens of our current exhibitions (most popular option).
● Kidspace tour (1 hour): Explore current exhibition through mindfulness practices and inquiry-based gallery conversations (limited availability).
● Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective tour (1 hour): Discover Sol Lewitt’s three floors of wall drawings and their connections to geometry, architecture, and music.
● Adventures in Art tour (1 hour): Investigate the meaning of the word “art” by exploring the vast materials, processes, and ideas in current exhibitions.
● Combined tours (2 hours):
- Kidspace + Highlights tour
- Kidspace + LeWitt tour
- LeWitt + Highlights tour
● Design Your Own tour (1 - 2 hours): Have an idea of how to link your curriculum to the museum? We would be happy to brainstorm with you. Call the Education Department at 413-664.4481 ext. 8150. Past tour themes have included: architecture; industrial revolution/site-specific factory history tours; literature and art; connections among science, technology, and the arts.
Visits are scheduled according to availability, but we make every effort to accommodate your scheduling needs. At least two weeks’ advance notice is required to schedule a guided tour. Self-guided groups must provide at least 2 business days’ notice to qualify for group rates. To make reservations, or for more information, please contact Museum Educator Hilary Knecht at (413) 664.4481 x8150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All tickets must be purchased in one transaction at the time of or before the visit.
Hours + Availability
● Fall/Winter/Spring hours: 11am-5pm, closed Tuesdays
● Summer hours: 10am-6pm (Sun-Wed), 10am-7pm (Thurs-Sat)
● During 3-day music festivals, such as Solid Sound and FreshGrass, we do not offer discounted group rates or group tours.
● Kidspace is frequently booked with school visits, and availability of tours in this space is limited. Please sign up early.
For all school groups, one adult chaperone per every ten students is admitted into the museum free of charge. Each additional chaperone is charged the adult group rate of $16 per adult. Please note that we rely on chaperones to help supervise students during their visit. Help us make your visit go smoothly by downloading these guidelines and sharing them with the chaperones who will be accompanying your group.
Parking is available for individual vehicles and vans in our general parking lot. Buses must park in the parking lot behind the Big Y grocery store’s rear lot, located on Holden Street (see map below). Please be considerate of space when parking large buses in the lot. There is no parking fee.
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Unfortunately, we are not able to provide subsidies for buses, but, if you are in Massachusetts, your school may be eligible for a grant from the local Cultural Council. Download a fact sheet about the Big Yellow Schoolbus Program or fill out an online application.
All groups that wish to eat lunch at MASS MoCA must reserve space in the Brown Bag Café with Museum Educator Hilary Knecht at (413) 664.4481 x8150 or email@example.com. Groups may bring their own lunches or order boxed lunches from Lickety Split (in MASS MoCA’s lobby), which is pleased to provide healthy, affordable lunches, drinks, and desserts. Two business days’ advance notice is required for boxed lunches. Depending on the weather, seating at the Brown Bag Café is either inside, near the Kidspace gallery on the second floor, or outside, at our picnic tables. There are also several other restaurants in North Adams that offer lunch options.
Students examine Johnny Carrera’s large-scale The Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary with Museum Educator Shannon Toye.
Other Educational Programs
Art Assembly programs offer youth the opportunity to experience today's most innovative performing artists in professional theater spaces. Three to four live theater, dance, and music performances are offered each year, geared to school-aged audiences. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Grade 4 students pose in front of the three-dimensional fluorescent head that they made with artist Marilène Oliver for the Art Assembly performance Body-Ody-Ody, in November 2014.
MASS MoCA offers FREE teen programs open to anyone between ages 13 and 19. Join us for one, some, or all. Teens can get involved by contacting Amanda Tobin, Senior Museum Educator, at (413) 664.4481 x8154 or email@example.com, or by liking the Teen Facebook page.
● Teen Summit – Join forces with MCLA college students for a night of art-making and sharing ideas.
● Teen Task Force – Weekly program planning sessions with art-making or performing arts.
● Teen Intensives – Teens work with professional artists-in-residence to learn more advanced art-making skills.
● Teen Summer Residency – A month-long art-making intensive in partnership with professional artists.
● Teen Invitational – Artwork from 7 local high schools curated by Teen Task Force members and displayed in a pop-up exhibition at MASS MoCA.