School + Adult Group Visits

The Smith College Museum of Art welcomes groups of all ages and types for visits to our permanent collection and changing exhibition galleries. Advance reservations are required for any group that includes 10 or more people, and groups are limited to 40 people per time slot. Groups larger than 40 often divide themselves between the Botanic Garden of Smith College and the Museum of Art.


PreK-12 group visits

Guided and self-guided museum visits are available for preK-12 groups. For more information, visit our page for Schools and Teachers.


Adult group visits

Adult groups are invited to schedule visits on a self-guided basis. Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance for groups of 10 or more people. 

College group visits

College class visits are scheduled separately. College faculty and instructors should contact Charlene Shang Miller to schedule a visit for their class.



  • PreK-12 groups
    • Children under 18 are always free. There is no additional cost for a guided preK-12 visit. For preK-12 groups, a bus subsidy of $200 is available to defray transportation costs. For more information, visit our page for Schools and Teachers.
  • Adult groups
    • Regular admission fees apply for adult groups. Admission is waived for non profit-organizations. 

Making a reservation

Group organizers should complete the Group Visit Request Form at least 2 weeks in advance, and a staff member will be in touch to schedule your visit. Please allow up to 5 days for a confirmation of your date and time.


Planning your visit

Four floors of galleries provided unlimited opportunities for active learning in the Museum. Visit the Museum in advance or peruse the collections online. Groups may visit permanent collection galleries or focus their exploration in one of SCMA's current changing exhibitions.


Bus Parking

Buses are not allowed to park in front of the museum. Bus parking is available on West Street at the periphery of campus. When dropping off groups of visitors, pull up on the museum side of Route 9/Main Street (the eastbound side). Traffic in front of the museum is often heavy and large numbers of people crossing the street can be dangerous. If you are approaching on the westbound side (heading uphill from downtown Northampton), go one block beyond the museum to the next light and use the traffic island on the right at Prospect Street to turn around. Long term bus parking is available at the parking lot where the Smith College horse stables were formerly located. To find this lot, facing downtown Northampton (Route 9 eastward bound), pull up to the traffic light in front of the museum. Go straight through this light, take a right at the next light onto West Street (or Route 66). Follow for 1 mile. Pass over the river. The second left turn is a parking lot. Please wait here until your group is ready to exit the museum.

For details about individual parking, see Planning a Visit.

Additional Group-Specific Information

PreK–12 Schools + Teachers

College Classes + Faculty