Education Programs at the Museum

Since its inception, The Long Beach Museum of Art has been dedicated to providing high-quality visual arts programs serving the City of Long Beach and surrounding areas. The Museum’s Education Department works to promote life-long learning, nourish creativity, and foster self-expression by engaging our diverse communities with original works of art, artistic processes, and art making.

In addition to directly promoting access to and understanding of the visual arts, the Museum recognizes the potential of arts education to serve as a means of academic advancement and personal and social development. To that end, the Museum offers a wide range of programs for children, adults, teachers, and families at the Museum, in the Long Beach schools, and throughout the community.

Everyone is invited to participate in the programs, services, and activities presented by the Education Department. Programs are designed to engage a variety of audiences with our collections and exhibitions through inquiry and an appreciation of the creative process. For more information about our programs, please contact Lisa Marsh at or call (562) 439-2119 x 255.

The following are the educational programs that are currently available:

Art First
Art First Tours
Family ArtMaking
Museum Studies Program
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Community Based Programs
Adult Workshops
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Artist in Residence
Artist Talks at Long Beach Museum of Art
Artist Talks
Art Chat


KidsVisions is the Museum’s primary educational program, serving nearly 6,500 fifth-graders in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) each year. The program is free of charge to all participants, including the costs for bus transportation, and adheres to California State Standards in the Visual Arts and other fifth-grade curriculum subjects, including mathematics, history, science and language arts. It is offered during the school year in order to serve all elementary schools in the LBUSD.

The program is multi-faceted with in-class visits by Museum educators for pre-visit activities, gallery tours, hands-on art-making activities, and pre-and post-lesson plans for teachers. In advance of each class visit, LBMA educators conduct orientations with students at their schools for their Museum visits. Teachers receive pre- and post-visit curriculum materials that align with in-class curriculum to prepare students for their trip to the Museum and to enhance their experience.

At the Museum, classes tour the galleries and interact with (view, discuss, draw, etc.) works of original art in a wide range of media. Students are exposed to art mediums, techniques and tools, are introduced to visual arts concepts, and actively engage with art vocabulary. KidsVisions tours are followed by hands-on art-making activities based on curriculum and tour content, and offer students opportunities to work with a variety of media, especially those not typically encountered in fifth-grade. Every summer an exhibition in the Toyota Children’s Gallery highlights examples of the KidsVisions’ projects done during the school year. Each student receives a free admission pass to return to the Museum with their families.

Schedule a KidsVisions Tour (5th graders within the LBUSD)

KidsVisions tours can be scheduled online here. Museum requests that there be one chaperone per ten students. Two weeks before each visit, Museum Educators visit each classroom to provide students with an overview of the museum. For more information, please email Lisa Marsh or call (562) 439-2119 x 255.

Art First Tours

The ongoing, year-round program includes gallery tours and art-making activities that meet California State Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts. During each academic year, educators individually schedule field trips to the Museum. Classes are divided into groups of ten to twelve children who tour the galleries to view, discuss, draw, and experience original works of art.

Children learn about a variety of art mediums, techniques and tools, are introduced to visual art concepts, and actively engage with visual arts vocabulary. Visits include tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions, including exhibitions of children’s artwork in the Museum’s Toyota Children’s Gallery. In addition to the visual arts, connections are made to other curriculum subjects, and all programming aligns with California State Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts. After gallery tours, children engage in age-appropriate, hands-on art-making activities that focus on the media, techniques or themes of the exhibitions that they experience on their tours. Tours are free for all Long Beach Unified School District students; transportation NOT included. For all other school districts, the fee is $3 per student.

Schedule an Art First Tour

Art First Tours (formerly Toyota Tours) can be scheduled online here. For more information, please email the Education Department or call (562) 439-2119 x 256.

Schedule a tour for non-LBUSD ($3 per student)

Tours for non-LBUSD students can be scheduled online here. For more information, please email the Education Department or call (562) 439-2119 x 256.

Family ArtMaking

marisla-logoFamily ArtMaking Workshops provide free family-oriented art-making activities on the Museum’s lawn with a view of the ocean. Parents and children participate together to create an art project. Workshops are inspired by the current exhibitions and include hands-on art-making projects. Family ArtMaking Workshops often spark a conversation between the multi-generational participants. During art making everyone has a smile on their face. Since 2008, this program has received generous annual support from the Marisla Foundation.

Upcoming Workshops

  • September – May: 3rd Sunday of the month, 11 am – 3pm
  • June – August: EVERY Sunday, 11 am – 3 pm

Museum Studies Program

In 2012, the Long Beach Museum of Art and Millikan High School in Long Beach began a new Museum Studies program in which students learn how to curate and install exhibitions, and how to teach and lead tours about artworks. This pilot program provided students with meaningful and practical experience in visual arts and museum studies, and made important cross-curricular connections.

Designed for Junior and Senior high school students, the course provides a balanced visual arts program by explicating the role of museums as repositories and stewards of our shared visual culture. Students study art history and consider curatorship, education, publishing, conservation, administration, and more, to develop and install exhibitions.

Students receive curricular Academic Service Learning credit from Millikan High School and are eligible for University of California transfer credit. Students are trained by educators from the Museum for experience in public outreach, gallery education, and museum operations. The results, beyond educational credits, include the planning and installation of a student art exhibition, which is subsequently installed at the LBMA.

Support given annually by TABC, Inc., in Long Beach (a proud member of the Toyota Family)

Community Based Programs

Bring your community group to the museum for a tour. Community tours are designed for groups such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, after school programs and senior groups. Tours of the Museum are led by Museum Educators and/or LBMA trained Docents who will engage participants to look deeply and freely discuss the artwork. Student group tours include a hands-on artmaking workshop led by a Museum Educator.

Tours are offered from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and are subject to availability. All groups over 7 people (including chaperone) must schedule a visit. $3 per person.  Self-guided tours are limited to 15 participants at one time in the Museum.

Schedule a Community Tour

Community Tours can be scheduled online here. For more information, please email Lisa Marsh or call (562) 439-2119 x 255.

Adults Workshops

Monthly workshops led by the Museum’s Education staff or guest artists explore various mediums and techniques. Prices vary depending on the artist and materials.

Upcoming Workshops

Check the Museum’s Calendar for upcoming workshops.

Artist in Residence

The Long Beach Museum of Art provides space for local artists to create their work while interacting with Museum visitors in the Ralston Family Learning Center, lower level of the Hartman Pavilion Gallery. This is part of a long tradition at the Museum to bring contemporary artists and the public into closer communication. Past residencies have included poets, painters, video artists, and more recently installation-based artists. Whenever feasible, the residency is also aligned with current exhibitions and/or with artists whose works are represented in the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

Upcoming Artist Residencies

Check the Museum’s Calendar for more information about current and upcoming residencies.

Artist Talks

This program was launched in January 2014 to showcase artists whose work is being displayed in the museum, or have a connection to the museum to speak about their work and/or the current exhibition.

Upcoming Artist Talks

Check the Museum’s Calendar for upcoming Artist Talks.

Art Chat

Join Art Chat for an informal tour of the galleries led by a trained and knowledgeable Docent. Discuss artwork in the current exhibitions and learn about the history of the Museum. These free tours are a great way to explore LBMA.

  • Every Friday: 1 pm – 2 pm
  • 3rd Thursday of the Month: 4 pm – 6 pm

Upcoming Art Chat Tours

Check the Museum’s Calendar for upcoming Art Chat tours.

Thank you for bringing Art into their lives through this field trip.” —Colin Powell Elementary Teacher (LBUSD)
We had a wonderful and educational morning. Thank you so much for all you do!” –Dooley Elementary Teacher (LBUSD)