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    General FAQs

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    • ?How many students may I bring?

      The minimum group size for all school tours is 20 students. The maximum is 50 students for Pre-K through Grade 4 school programs and 60 students for Grade 5 through 12 school programs. Specific information about individual programs can be found under each school tour in the School Programs listing.

      The minimum group size for performing arts programs is 30 students. The maximum is 60 students. Specific information about individual programs can be found under each school performance in the School Programs listing

      Please note that our Noah’s Ark tour, for Pre-K through Grade 1, has a minimum age limit of 4 years old.

    • ?How many teachers and chaperones may I bring?

      Due to space constraints, we limit the total number of adults (teachers and chaperones) to a maximum of 10​ per tour. Up to 4 adults are admitted free of charge; additional adults will be charged $6 each.

      Please consider the following suggested adult (teachers and chaperones included)/student ratios when booking your school visit:

      • Pre-K and K classes: 1 adult for every 5 students.
      • Grades 1–4: 1 adult for every 10 students.
      • Grades 5–12: 1 adult for every 15 students.

      Teachers and chaperones are responsible for supporting the students’ learning experience and accompanying students at all times during their visit.

    • ?How should I prepare for the visit?

      Prior to your visit, view and complete the teacher guide for your tour. To download a PDF, go to the School Programs listing, and click on the “Download the teacher guide” link underneath the appropriate tour description.

    • ?What is the Skirball doing to keep students healthy and safe during their school visits?
      The well-being of the Skirball community is our highest priority. In light of public-health concerns related to COVID-19, all on-site Skirball school programs have been cancelled until further notice. We look forward to welcoming school groups back to campus once it is safe and responsible to do so. 
    • ?What time do school programs begin?

      School tours begin at 10:00 am and are ninety minutes to two hours in length. Please arrive by 9:30 am to allow for snack and restroom breaks.

      Performing arts programs generally begin at 10:00 am and are one to two hours in length. See individual program details in the School Programs listing.

    • ?May we take pictures?

      Photography is often not permitted in our changing exhibition galleries. However, you may always take candid photos in the permanent exhibitions, Noah's Ark at the Skirball™ and Visions and Values, as well as in the classrooms and courtyards. Photography may be allowed during select performing arts programs; please email questions regarding photography to schoolperformances@skirball.org before taking photos at the performance.

    • ?Can students return on another day with their families?

      Yes! All students participating in Skirball school programs receive a Family Pass on the day of their visit that is good for one day of free admission to the Skirball galleries, including Noah’s Ark.

    • ?Is there a gift shop?

      Yes. However, we do not recommend visiting Audrey's Museum Store with large groups of students. Adults should remain with the group at all times. Teachers receive complimentary Museum admission, so visit another time to take advantage of a 10% teacher discount on books, art supplies, music, and more. Please show your teacher ID to receive these benefits.

  • Registration

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    • ?How do I register for a school program?
      1. Select your school program—For detailed descriptions, click on the School Programs tab above. Descriptions include dates and times, group size, links to pre-visit materials (if available), and other important information.
      2. Select a date—After clicking on the “REGISTER NOW” button for your desired program, you will enter the Skirball’s online registration system. If this is your first time using this system, enter your email address and follow the prompts to create an account. Once you are logged in, select the date on which you’d like to attend.
      3. Complete your registration—Once you have logged in and selected your program date, complete the registration form. Please follow registration instructions carefully and make sure to fill out all required fields; incomplete forms will not be accepted by our online system. You may log in to your account and update your visit information at any time. If you request bus and/or admission scholarships for your visit, you will be asked to submit additional required information regarding your request.
      4. Await your confirmation—After you have submitted your request, you will receive an automated email indicating that you have completed your registration. Please note that this email is not a final confirmation of your visit. It only indicates that your request has been received. Please allow up to four weeks to receive official confirmation of your scheduled visit.

      Please note: One teacher is eligible to register for one school tour and one performance within an academic year.

    • ?How can I contact you?

      For school tour and in-school residency inquiries, email education@skirball.org.

      For questions about school performances, email schoolperformances@skirball.org.

      For questions about teacher programs, email teacherprograms@skirball.org.

      Please remember that the only way to book a school program is to complete an online request.

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    Cost and Scholarships

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    • ?How much does a school program cost?

      School program admission fee: $2 per student
      Up to four free chaperones; $6 per additional adult (maximum of ten adults)

      A final invoice will be sent by email after the program is completed. The final cost is based on actual attendance numbers on the day of the visit. Please do not bring payment with you on the day of your visit.

      Cancellations must be emailed to education@skirball.org ten days prior to your visit or your school will be billed based on the original confirmation numbers.

    • ?Are transportation scholarships available?

      Yes, the Skirball provides bus scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis to public schools in need. You may apply for a bus scholarship online when you submit your school program request form. Scholarship status will be indicated in your confirmation of visit, including a scholarship number and detailed instructions for ordering your bus.

      Note: Bus scholarships are not transferable and are limited to $420 per scholarship. Each school may receive up to four bus scholarships per school year.

      Schools are responsible for making their own bus arrangements; the Skirball does not book or cancel bus reservations on behalf of schools.

    • ?Are admission scholarships available?

      Yes, the Skirball provides admission scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis to public schools in need. You may apply for an admission scholarship online when you submit your school program request form. Scholarship status will be indicated in your confirmation of visit.

  • Accessibility

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    As part of its mission, the Skirball strives to welcome people of all communities. For a complete list of the ever-expanding amenities and services available at the Skirball, visit our Accessibility webpage. To request specific accommodations for your visit, please follow the directions below or notify a member of staff upon your arrival.

    • ?How do I request a sensory bag?
      To request a sensory bag (which includes noise-dampening headphones, stims, fidgets, and fine-motor manipulatives) prior to your visit, please email education@skirball.org.
    • ?How do I request noise-dampening headphones for school performances or tours?
      To request noise-dampening headphones, please email schoolperformances@skirball.org.
    • ?If a student needs to take a break at any time, are quiet spaces available?
      Educators can assist teachers and chaperones in finding a quiet space in the galleries, performance halls, or courtyards. A teacher or chaperone must remain with the group at all times.
    • ?If a student needs assistance from an adult in the restroom, are inclusive restrooms are available?
      Yes. Inclusive restrooms are available for students who need additional assistance. We request that all students use the restroom at the beginning of their visit.

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    Directions and Parking

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    • ?How do we get to the Skirball?

      The Skirball Cultural Center is located in the Sepulveda Pass just off the 405 Freeway, 2.5 miles south of the 101 Freeway. Traveling north or south on the 405, take the Skirball Ctr. Dr. exit and make a right onto Sepulveda Blvd. For customized driving directions, visit the Google Map and enter your starting address.

    • ?Where do we park at the Skirball?

      Buses must park in the Skirball’s eastern parking garage (“East Lot”), located across Sepulveda Blvd.

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    Snacks and Lunch

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    • ?Is there time for a snack before the program?

      Yes. Students are welcome to have a snack upon arrival at the Skirball on the front steps. Please arrive thirty minutes prior to the start of your program so that students have time for a snack and bathroom break.

    • ?May we eat lunch at the Skirball?

      Due to limited resources, we are not able to accommodate groups for lunch on campus at this time. However, with your emailed confirmation, you will also receive a list of nearby parks that can serve as alternate lunch sites. You can also view the list here or download a PDF here.