Located in Mizner Park, the Museum offers extraordinary opportunities for college and university professors to bring their students for a positive, personal encounter with art. Museum tours engage and challenge students to achieve a greater awareness and understanding of the visual arts. Professors may schedule a self-guided or docent-guided tour. Please note that lecturing is not always permitted due to gallery space constraints. Advance reservations are required for all college groups.
- When scheduled through the Education Department and the group enters together, admission is free.*
- Tours may be scheduled Tuesdays through Fridays beginning at 10:00 am or Saturdays & Sundays beginning at 12:00 Noon.
- Tours last approximately 1 hour.
- The focus of the tour is determined when setting up the reservation.
- Complete the reservation request form by clicking here. A confirmation email will be sent to you. Your tour IS NOT booked until you receive a confirmation.
Contact the Education Department, 561.392.2500, ext. 106 with any questions.
*Free admission for faculty and students (with valid ID) of colleges and universities that are accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools or the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
The role of docents in the Museum is to facilitate the visitor's understanding and enjoyment of the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. This is accomplished by using the Socratic Method, a technique of inquiry and dialogue. Docent-lead, thematically-based tours develop a "big idea," enabling visitors to figure out what they are seeing by learning to "read" a work of art.
Docents often find that they learn just as much or even more than our visitors – but don’t just take our word for it. See what docents have to say about volunteering in the galleries.
Every two years, the Museum seeks applicants for the Docent Candidate program from permanent, year-round South Florida residents. While it is advantageous for applicants to have attended Art History/Art Appreciation courses, it is not required.
Candidates must be able to: participate in a six-month course of study and, after graduation, commit to one half day a week service and attend all Docent training sessions.
The training program includes: immersion in the Museum's permanent collections; touring techniques; touring strategies; tour planning; and learning the logistics of guiding groups through the exhibitions. Practice presentations in the permanent collection galleries are made by the candidates throughout the course of study.
Applications for the Docent Candidate program will be accepted again in 2019. Persons interested in the program may contact Bari Martz, Museum Educator, at 561.392.2500, ext. 136 or [email protected].
Grades K-12 are invited to participate in a two hour creative and stimulating experience. One portion is a studio workshop for students to create a work of art based on a selected theme. The other portion involves a docent guided tour investigating the theme in greater detail by looking at original works of art from the Museum’s Permanent Collection.
Workshops are limited to 50 participants per morning. The Museum offers this program at no charge.
This program begins September 2019 and run through March 2020, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings 10:15 am - 12:15 pm. Workshops are limited to 50 participants per morning. The Museum offers this program at no charge. Space is limited so register and schedule your group early.
Check the schedule for available dates before applying.
Field Trip Funds
The Museum's Field Trip Funds program is an innovative grant initiative designed to fund a field trip to the Museum for students and teachers in South Florida. The funds are awarded to accredited K-12 public, private or charter schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
The following documents are required support information for each Field Trip Grant recipient.
The Boca Raton Museum of Art is proud to offer Field Trip Funds for those who qualify.
Professional Development for Educators
The Education Department of the Boca Raton Museum of Art provides professional staff development that is approved by the Fine Arts Department of the School District of Palm Beach County. These workshops are available either on-site at the Museum or at individual schools. These meetings focus on how to use the vast collection as a resource for integrating the visual arts into the curriculum utilizing a studio component to reinforce art integration strategies.
The Education Department also provides School-Wide Workshop opportunities. Please inquire for details. Keep checking back for upcoming workshops.
Friday, October 18th, 8:00AM-NOON, Professional Development for Elementary School Art Teachers Portraits and Literacy
The Museum enhances the vital classroom learning experience by providing docent-led tours of our Permanent Collection and temporary exhibitions. Supporting the Florida State Standards, Museum tours engage and challenge students to achieve a greater awareness and understanding of language arts, social studies, science and math through the visual arts.
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One of the objectives of the Museum's Education Department is to expand the educator's ability to apply the Visual Arts to their curriculum by providing lesson plans, modeling arts integration for school staff through workshops and guided tours. We strive to build students' self-esteem by giving them the tools to view and discuss the visual arts and thereby enhance their own self-expression. These lesson plans are intended to enlighten and inspire students, as well as familiarize them with the wonderful works of art that reflect the feelings and observations of numerous artists who have produced visual masterpieces.
It is the Museum's goal to have the students, teachers, parents and the community-at-large, use its vast collection of art works as an educational resource. While it is always worthwhile to visit the Museum, we believe it is equally valuable to bring the Museum into the classroom and are pleased to offer these outstanding lesson plans to you and your students.
The Museum's lesson plans have been written to assist classroom teachers in applying the Visual Arts across the curriculum. Each lesson focuses on an academic skill that correlates with the Florida State Standards.
Please feel free to download these plans and images from our website for use in your classrooms. Be sure to revisit our website often for additional lesson plans, images and educational materials.