Contact: Cheryl Hartup, Associate Curator of Academic Programs and Latin American Art, (541) 346-0949;

•  Visit the Galleries on Your Own
•  Arrange a Facilitated Visit with Museum Staff
•  Schedule a Docent-Led Tour


Visit the Galleries on Your Own

Individuals and university classes may visit the galleries at any time during public museum hours for independent study, group assignments, or instructor-led classes. If visiting with a group during public hours, advance notice of your visit is much appreciated.  Please prepare your students by supplying them with the Student Information Sheet prior to their visit.

If the timing of your class meeting requires that you visit during non-public hours, special arrangements can be made in advance. A museum staff person will escort you in the galleries. For off-hours visits, enter through the rear security entrance.

Examples of professors planning self-guided museum activities include “An Introduction to Japanese Culture” and “Psychology.

To arrange your class visit, please submit the Gallery Visit Form.


Arrange a Facilitated Visit with Museum Staff

Museum staff frequently collaborates with faculty to develop visits tailored to specific course interests or staff members may be invited to speak as guest lectures in university classrooms.

Examples include:

  • A dance improvisation class touring the museum with a museum educator and the course’s instructor to explore how the museum’s collection and architecture inspire movement
  • An Art Law seminar course meeting with the JSMA’s executive director to discuss legal issues related to museum acquisitions
  • The communications manager providing a guest lecture to a journalism class on marketing the arts

Occasionally, a course will be designed to introduce students to museums such as Inside the Museum.

Submit the Gallery Visit Form early in your planning to propose a project and make arrangements.


Schedule a Docent-Led Tour

The JSMA's Exhibition Interpreters (docents) lead museum tours that are inquiry-based and encourage dialogue between visitors and guide. Tour guides integrate the Visual Thinking Strategies approach to help visitors enhance their understanding of the collection. Tours may be general introductions to the museum or focus on specific exhibitions or topics revelant to course material. To request a docent-led tour, please submit the Gallery Visit Form at least 4 weeks in advance. Guided tours are offered free of charge to university classes and university student groups.