NAAM is an exciting educational destination. We offer docent-guided tours to school groups. These interactive and inquiry-based tours provide an in-depth look at the history, art, and culture of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Explore the Journey Gallery with our knowledgeable docents as they take you on a fascinating adventure through space and time, giving you glimpses of the vibrant experiences of the African American community in the Northwest from the 18th century to the present. Your docent will then guide you through the Museum’s Legacy, Northwest Gallery and PACCAR Gallery where a rotating schedule of engaging and educational exhibitions await you.
- Visit our Exhibits Page to glimpse at our current exhibition offerings.
- Please mail or email tour request forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download our School Tour Request Form
A single group can cover up to 35 students. One chaperone is required for every eight students. All chaperones receive free admission. We ask that chaperones take an active role in supervising students during the tour.
Scheduling a Tour
Tours must be scheduled at least THREE WEEKS in advance depending on available time and gallery space. Reservations can be made by completing a Tour Request Form here. Tour bookings are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Availability & Fees
Currently, school tours are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with reservation times beginning at 11:00am. The fee for school tours is $5 per student. One chaperone is admitted free per eight students. Please do not submit payment with your Tour Request Form. You will receive an invoice and payment instructions with your confirmation letter.
Preparing for Your Visit
After submitting the Tour Request Form, you will receive a confirmation letter with important information about your visit, tips for teachers and chaperones, suggestions for pre-visit activities, and an invoice. You will be informed about where to meet your tour guide, how to make arrangements for visitors with special needs, and telephone numbers to call if you need to make changes in your booking. We are here to help, so feel free to ask any questions you have regarding your upcoming visit.
Groups are encouraged to bring sack lunches to enjoy outdoors areas when the weather is good or in the NAAM studios if space is available.
Parking & Buses
Students will be greeted by an Education Department representative at the Museum’s front entrance. Bus parking is available at the Museum in the parking lot located to the right, just as you enter from S. Massachusetts Street. This parking is designated for the Jimi Hendrix Park, but has ample room for bus parking. Alternatively, please park in the parking lot located immediately to the left, in those spaces closest to S. Massachusetts Street, and labeled “MUSEUM”. All other parking is reserved for residents who live in apartments located on the top two floors of the Colman School building.
If you have further questions, please contact NAAM at 206.518.6000.