Three young adult visitors walk toward the "Maya Peoples: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth" exhibit during a group visit to the Museum.

The Museum of Us offers guided exhibit tours and workshops to registered groups. These offerings examine the human experience through the Museum's exhibits to spark dialogue, self-reflection, and human connections.

Self-guided group visits are scheduled separately. If you are interested in a self-guided group visit, please visit our Education & Group Visits page.

Exhibit Tours and Workshop Overview

Guided tours and workshops are exhibit-specific and require advance registration. After each guided tour or workshop, groups are welcome to stay at the Museum and visit the rest of the exhibits.

Current guided exhibit tours and workshops:

  • Guided Exhibit Tour - Maya Peoples: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth
  • Guided Exhibit Tour - Race: Are We So Different?
  • Guided Exhibit Tour - Hostile Terrain 94
  • Workshop - Hostile Terrain 94 Toe Tag Completion
  • Workshop - Race: Are We So Different? Equity vs. Equality

All guided exhibit tours and workshops start with an official Museum of Us welcome and include time for questions, discussion, and reflection. The reservation information below applies to all guided exhibit tours and workshops:

  • Duration: 30-60 minutes, exact time varies by tour and group
  • Exhibit tour maximum group size: 12 participants plus required group leader or chaperone(s)
    • Exhibit tours are open to all ages.
  • Workshop maximum group size: 30 participants plus required group leader or chaperone(s)
    • Workshop participants must be at least 12 years of age.
  • Price: $14.95 per person
  • One guided exhibit tour or workshop per group visit
  • Scholarship opportunities are available. Scholarship applications are included in the Guided Tour & Workshop Request form. Learn more about scholarships below, or visit the Education & Group Visits page.
  • Access to visit the rest of the Museum is included after each guided tour/workshop has finished.

The number of group participants is limited in order to provide a meaningful and enjoyable experience for all participants and Museum guests. Thank you for your understanding.

Reservation Information

Registration is required for all guided exhibit tours and workshops. To register, groups are required to submit a completed Guided Tour & Workshop Request Form and receive a confirmation email from the Education Team. Submit your request form here.

Guided Tour & Workshop Hours:

  • Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PST 
    • 3:30 p.m. is the last available start time
    • Limited weekend availability

The Museum's standard hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST. Availability of guided exhibit tours and workshops is limited. All dates, times, and offerings are subject to change.

Pricing

All registered groups are eligible for the discounted rate of $14.95 per person. The discounted rate is the same for all ages six and above.

If you need to change your reservation, please contact the Education Team as soon as possible at education@museumofus.org. 

Group members who are not registered and confirmed by the Education Team will be required to pay standard general admission. Additional group members will be able to purchase a ticket at the discounted group rate or standard admission which also includes a complimentary one-year membership.

Groups with unexpected absences will have the option to donate the payment difference to the Museum of Us Education Department or receive a refund for the number of people absent.

Scholarship opportunities are available to support admissions costs. Bus scholarships are also available to K-12, youth, and student groups. Scholarship details and applications are included in the Guided Tour and Workshop Request Form.

Cancellations and No-show's

All cancellations must be submitted by noon on the day before your reservation. If your group needs to cancel your reservation, email education@museumofus.org as soon as possible. Late cancellations and no-shows are required to pay 75% of their total group payment. Groups more than 20 minutes late are subject to cancellation.

Group Chaperones & Leaders

To promote safety and enjoyment for all who enter the Museum, including your group, all groups are required to adhere to the following chaperone/leader guidelines.

For K-12 school and youth (age 18 and under) groups:

  • K-5th grade: 1 adult required per 4 students
  • 6th-12th grade: 1 adult required per 8 students
  • Chaperones and students must remain together at all times. Students are expected to be actively supervised

For post-secondary and adult groups:

  • 1 group leader to serve as the main point of contact

Register for a Guided Exhibit Tour or Workshop

  • Recommended: Submit request form at least 6-8 weeks in advance.
  • Requests are processed in the order that they are received.
  • Request form processing time: Approximately 7-10 business days
  • All reservations must be confirmed by the Museum of Us Education Department.

A representative from the Education Team will review your request, and you will receive an official confirmation email with the details of your visit once registered. Please allow 7-10 business days to process your request.

Guided Exhibit Tour and Workshop Descriptions

Guided Tour - Maya Peoples: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth

This tour, created by Maya consultants, leads participants through the newly updated Maya Peoples: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth exhibit. The tour celebrates the past, present, and future of Maya Peoples worldwide and highlights the diversity of the Maya community. Participants will gain a deeper appreciation of Maya culture by learning about the exhibit update process and the cultural resources currently on display. 

Guided Tour - Race: Are We So Different?

What is racism? Why does race exist? What is the importance of race in today’s world? This participatory tour takes a closer look at the development and maintenance of racism in the United States. Highlighting relationships with today’s world and building personal connections to the exhibit are at the core of the tour. Moments for discussions, questions, and reflection are built into the tour.

Guided Tour - Hostile Terrain 94

The stories in the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit span miles and even millennia. This tour emphasizes the value of human life and discusses how government policies influence the way people think about land, life, and loss. The tour provides deeper understanding of the exhibit features and highlights our inherent relationship with the US-Mexico border and beyond.

Workshop - Hostile Terrain 94 Toe Tag Completion 

The Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit features a participatory map of the lives lost crossing the Sonoran Desert region of the US-Mexico border. Each person is represented by a toe tag, placed on the location where their body was found. During the workshop, participants will write toe tags that will later be installed on the wall map. Time for discussion, reflection, and a brief tour of the exhibit will conclude the workshop. Please note that the inclusion and length of the closing tour may vary by group.

Workshop - Race: Are We So Different? Equity vs. Equality

Equity and equality are important concepts for understanding racism, and while they may seem or sound similar, their differences are essential to fighting against injustice. This workshop is designed to add context to the Race: Are We So Different? exhibit and ongoing conversations about racial injustice by using a popular board game to demonstrate the differences between equity and equality. During the workshop, participants will play the game and engage in facilitated group discussion about their experience.