NAAM is excited to offer docent-guided tours of its galleries to local school groups. These interactive and inquiry-based tours are offered throughout the year, providing an in-depth look at the history, art and culture of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest.
Explore the Journey Gallery with our knowledgeable docents as they take you on a fascinating adventure through space and time, giving you glimpses of the vibrant and exciting experiences of the African American community in the Northwest from 1790 to the present.
Your docent will then guide you through the Museum’s Legacy and Northwest Galleries. These two areas feature a rotating schedule of engaging and educational exhibitions that explore the stories of this region’s African American community. Please visit our Exhibits Page to look over our current exhibition offerings.
Download our School Tour Request Form.
A single group can range from 1-30 students. One chaperone is required for every 7 students. All chaperones receive free admission but we do ask that they take an active role in supervising students during the tour, as necessary.
Scheduling a Tour
Tours must be scheduled at least THREE WEEKS in advance depending on available time and gallery space. Reservations can be made by downloading a Tour Request Form and returning it to the Museum. Alternatively, the Tour Request Form can be faxed or mailed to the Museum. Tour bookings are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Availability and Fees
School tours are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with reservation times beginning at 11:00am.
The fee for school tours is $5 per student. One chaperone is admitted free per seven students. Please do not submit payment with your Tour Request Form. You will receive an invoice and payment directions with your confirmation letter.
** NAAM can substantially reduce cost of admission for school groups who demonstrate need.
Preparing for Your Visit
After submitting the Tour Request Form to the Museum, you will receive a confirmation letter with important information about your visit, tips for teachers and chaperones, suggestions for pre-visit activities, a map for your driver(s) and an invoice. You will also receive a telephone call from a docent or Education Department staff member confirming where to meet your tour guide, how to make arrangements for visitors with special needs, and telephone numbers to call if you need to make changes in your scheduled tour. Feel free to ask the docent any questions you have regarding your upcoming visit.
Students will be greeted by a docent or education department staff member at the front entrance to the Museum. Bus parking is available at the Museum and the map provided with the confirmation letter will indicate where this parking is located.
Groups are encouraged to bring sack lunches to enjoy in the outdoor areas when the weather is good or in the NAAM classroom if that space is available. This can be discussed further once the Museum has received your Tour Request Form.
*If you have questions or to schedule a school tour, please contact 206.518.6000 x104 or