ATTENTION: Due to the current pandemic the Museum of Anthropology is currently CLOSED and all tours and events are canceled. Please check back frequently for updates.
How to Schedule a Tour
TOURS ARE AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND on TUESDAYS through FRIDAYS, during open hours: 9am - 4pm.
TOURS MUST BE SCHEDULED A MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE.
Tours vary in length depending on the tour choice scheduled (*see below). There is no cost to visit the museum or schedule a tour.
All groups must have at least 7 individuals and cannot exceed 20 participants.
A NOTE FOR EDUCATORS: We realize that with students and chaperones many group sizes exceed the 20 participants limit. In order to maintain the safety of the objects and ensure that all visitors have access to the museum during tours, 20 total individuals permitted in a tour group is firm. Please be prepared to divide classes if the number of students and chaperones will be more than 20. Thank you for your understanding and support in maintaining a safe and pleasant museum environment.
* TOUR OPTIONS
Standard: Our standard tour is 45 minutes long and is available to adults or groups with participants 3rd grade and older. This tour includes visiting all exhibition areas (Missouri Archaeology, Historic Collection, Grayson Archery, and North American Ethnographic) and includes the current special exhibition.
Abridged: Our abridged tour is 30 minutes long and is available to groups kindergarten through 2nd grade, or to groups of any age, kindergarten through adult, with limited time. This tour includes visiting the Missouri Archaeology exhibit and North American Ethnographic exhibit. If your group is studying a particular topic from one of the other exhibit areas, please let us know and we will do our best to switch areas visited.
Single Area Discussion: In lieu of a tour, some groups prefer discussing just one area of the museum. We offer 15-20 minute discussions on the objects in one of these three areas: Missouri Archaeology, North American Ethnography, Special Exhibit & Grayson.
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Please be prepared to provide the following:
• School or Organization name (if applicable)
• Grade level or age group
• Group size, including teachers/chaperones**
• Date and time including alternates
• Topics interested in or purpose of tour
• Which tour will you be taking? Standard (45min), Abridged (30min), Single Area Discussion (15-20min)
• Name, email, and phone number of two contact persons
For groups age Kindergarten – 8th grade we ask that there is a minimum of one adult leader for every ten students. During the tour we ask the leaders to be responsible for the students’ behavior and remain with them at all times. The chaperones and teachers count as group members, so please keep that in mind as our maximum number of individuals in a group is 20. We do not offer tours for children younger than kindergarten.
Visitor parking is available in the first and last rows of the lot in front of Mizzou North. Accessible spaces are located directly across and to the left off the main entrance under the awning. Under the awning allows for small vehicle drop off only – no buses. You may leave your bicycle in the bicycle-racks provided in the front of the building. Buses may unload between the east and central entrances and then park behind the building in the north parking lot. Buses are asked to please not block the circle drive for unloading.
The Museum of Anthropology is proud to be a Partner In Education with Columbia Public Schools.