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Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1 Tours

Bring a group for special admission rates and programs to fit every age and intellectual interest. Reservations are required.

Rock, Paper, Feathers!

Discovery Tour |

Explore the whole museum with a unique set of experiences for each and every group including interactive stations, real museum collections, touch tables, and art-making. Ideal for non-school groups or first-time classes who want to see everything.
Age 3 and up

Group size:
10 -120 students
Tour length:
1 hour 30 minutes
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
$7/student (adult chaperones free)

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Early Learners Journey ‘Round The Rim Discovery Tour

Discovery Tour | Cultural Traditions

Do you want to travel around the world? Learn about what children do in other countries every day? This world travel experience is perfect for your group! "Travel" to four different countries in our Pacific Voices gallery. Learn what children in Japan wear, try out Hawaiian musical instruments and hold a Northwest Coast mask. Take home both a craft and memories of your world tour.

Group size:
15–35 students
Tour length:
1 hour
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
$6/student (adult chaperones free)

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school tour

Early Learners First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest

Discovery Tour | Cultural Traditions

The First Peoples tour is a great introduction to the native people of the Pacific Northwest. Geared for young learners, this tour uses stories, gallery exploration and our teaching collection to introduce Northwest Coast art and traditions to students. In the Burke’s Pacific Voices exhibit, students will hear a story, and then search the exhibit for objects found in the story. They will be able to touch real baskets, masks, and button blankets. Students will then make a Northwest Coast themed mask to take home with them.

Group size:
15–35 students
Tour length:
1 hour
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
$6/student (adult chaperones free)

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school tour, child with mask

Early Learners Dino Discovery Tour

Discovery Tour | Earth Sciences

A special program for your young students who love dinosaurs and already know almost everything about them. Modeled on our popular Discovery Tour format, students will explore the galleries with a picture "treasure hunt," and handle real fossils.

Group size:
15 - 35 students
Tour length:
45 minutes
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
$6/student (adult chaperones free)

Resources about this tour

dino discovery
Photo by MaryAnn Barron

Guided Tours

Guided Tours are a great way for young students to see the exhibits. Our docents make the exhibits come alive for young, curious minds. Students get a closer look at museum artifacts or scientific specimens, and can handle real fossils and rocks, or beautiful examples of art and tools from our hands-on teaching collections.

Group size:
15–35 students
Tour length:
1 hour
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
$6/student (adult chaperones free)
Tour topics (choose one):
Fossils and Dinosaurs
Pacific Rim Cultures
Northwest Coast Art and Culture

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visitors in gallery
Photo by Rebecca Durkin

Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided groups are welcome on a space-available basis everyday. Use the exhibits as a backdrop for teaching something new, or simply bring your students in to draw some of their favorite objects. We'll send you a free pass to preview the exhibits so you can create your own special tour format.

*Special arrangements can be made for larger groups, and for groups that request longer visits.

Group size:
10–60 students*
Tour length:
1 hour*
Tour times:
Available during regular museum hours (10 am – 5 pm)
Tour price:
$5/student (adult chaperones free)

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self guided tours
Photo by Angela Kwan