K-12 School Groups

We welcome school groups to Arizona State Museum in person or virtually!

 

Meet your Muse2You! guide, Miss Mae.

Muse2You! Virtual Museum Tours were created by Larea Lewis. Larea is a tribal member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians from Palm Springs, CA. She served as a school programs educator guiding ASM fieldtrips and presenting outreach programs for many years. At the University of Arizona, Larea is pursuing a PhD in American Indian Studies focused on federal Indian law & policy. She holds a MA in Anthropology and a BA in Flute Performance. Her interests are in protecting and preserving cultural resources and landscapes, as well as learning and revitalizing her tribe’s cultural heritage. Currently, she serves as Chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Advisory Board for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSE2YOU! VIRTUAL GALLERY TOURS
Best for 3rd-6th grades

Note for 3rd grade teachers: we recommend showing short sections of the videos over a few days. Please preview before sharing with your class.

 

These virtual tours reinforce skills in

  • using primary sources
  • visual literacy
  • observation
  • listening
  • map reading
  • scientific process
  • farming methods
  • cultural competency

and awareness of 

  • Indigenous history
  • Indigenous culture
  • traditional ecological knowledge
  • impact of Spanish, Mexican, and American cultures and laws on Indigenous peoples

Introduction to the Arizona State Museum (5 min)  Meet your tour guide, Miss Mae, to discuss what is anthropology and culture, research and the scientific process, and Native Nations of Arizona to prepare for virtual Muse2You exhibit tours.

Tour of O’odham exhibit (34 min) Learn about the history and culture of the Tohono O’odham and Akimel O’odham on this virtual exhibit tour with Miss Mae. Includes discussion questions. Visit our Education Materials to download related activities to do with your students.

Tour of Yaqui exhibit (32 min) Learn about the history, culture, and religion of the Yaqui people on this virtual exhibit tour with Miss Mae. Includes discussion questions. Visit our Education Materials to download related activities to do with your students. 


 

AT THE MUSEUM GALLERY EXPLORATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

K-12 SELF-GUIDED GALLERY EXPLORATION
FREE for K-12 students, $8 per adult (Native Nations citizens are free)
Available Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Groups larger than 70 may require staggered entrance times. If your group is larger than 18, plan to divide them into groups of 10-18 to rotate through the four galleries with their adult chaperones. We require one adult chaperone for every 8 students. If our staffing allows, we will offer a live 10-15 minute introduction for your students upon arrival. Regardless, we recommend showing this short virtual introduction to your students before coming to the museum.

Introduction to the Arizona State Museum (5 min) 
Miss Mae introduces students to the museum and discusses anthropology and culture, research and the scientific process, and the Native Nations of Arizona. 

Education Materials to use in the galleries or to explore topics with students at any time. 

Find a list of our current exhibits here.
 


 

REGISTER

Pre-registration is required for all visits to ASM to ensure we can accommodate you.

Self-Guided tours: minimum 2 weeks advance notice

Complete this form to register your class visit. 


 

PARKING

Cars and buses may unload students in front of the museum. Arizona State Museum is located just inside the Main Gate on the University of Arizona campus, on the northeast corner of University Blvd and Park Ave. The street address is 1013 E. University Blvd.

Cars may then park in UA garages at either Euclid Ave and Fourth St or Euclid Ave and Second St. The cost is $2.00 per hour with a daily maximum of $8.00. We do not validate parking. 

Buses are asked to park in an specially designated area—usually by the football stadium—and return for students at the end of the tour. Bus parking must be pre-arranged through UA Parking and Transportation Services. Call them at 520-621-3710 at least three days advance of your visit.


 

WHERE TO MEET

We will meet and orient your school group at the front entrance of ASM's north building (1013 E. University Blvd) at the allotted time.


 

CONTACT

Contact us with questions or to explore options if your group size is larger than the maximum.

Ruth B. Jolie, Ph.D.
Associate Curator of Education
520-626-3989
asmedu@email.arizona.edu


OTHER TOURS OFFERED ON CAMPUS

The UA Visitor Center offers tours of other areas of the University of Arizona campus.
Visit their web site for more information about: K-8 school tours and guided tours.