School + Adult Group Visits

The Smith College Museum of Art welcomes groups of all ages and types, offering interactive guided and self-guided tours of our permanent collection and changing exhibition galleries.

Reservations are required for self-guided and guided groups, and we can accommodate up to 40 people per visit. We ask for three to four weeks advance notice for guided tour requests. Groups larger than forty people often divide themselves between the College’s Lyman Plant House (“Botanic Garden”) and the Museum of Art. The Botanic Garden also offers guided and self-guided visits for groups of all ages.

Guided Group Visits

Guided visits are conversation-based learning experiences facilitated by SCMA's Student Museum Educators. Our Smith College educators-in-training gain important teaching practice by leading K-12 school and community adult groups in making meaningful connections to works of art.

Guided visits may be scheduled Tuesday through Friday at 10:30AM, 11:30AM or 1:00PM. Visits scheduled during weekends and College breaks may be accommodated depending on availability.

SCMA In-gallery experiences: 

- Promote transformative experiences with art objects

- Cultivate museum and visual literacy

- Employ dialogue and inquiry to encourage slow looking (including observing, describing, analyzing, and interpreting) and critical thinking

- Respect and acknowledge the value of multiple perspectives and viewpoints and seek to create interactions that embody a collaborative, non-authoritative, participatory model.

Self-Guided Group Visits

Independent exploration of the Museum may be scheduled at any time during Museum hours.

Request a Guided or Self-Guided Visit

Please fill out the Group Reservation Form or call (413) 585-2781


K-12 and College groups are free of charge.  Museum Admission fees apply to other groups.  There is no extra fee for having a student guide your group. Adult groups having a guided tour are asked to make an additional donation of $2 per person; funds support education programs.

Changes and Cancellations

Please call (413) 585-2781 or email as soon as possible after your visit is confirmed with any changes or cancellations so that we can plan accordingly.

Additional Group-Specific Information

K–12 Schools + Teachers

College Classes + Faculty