Planning your field trip

When planning a trip to the Dixon with your students you will have many options. The Dixon offers tours for both galleries and/or gardens. Please keep in mind that the number of students will play a big part in what type of tour is best for your group. Visits should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. 

Self Guided Tours

Self guided tours encourage teachers to take charge of the visit and walk the students through the galleries. When arriving to the museum, the group will receive a brief orientation with an overview of the Dixon history and collections. Teachers are welcome to visit the museum prior to the field trip and explore the different exhibitions, selecting specific artworks to discuss on the groups’ visit. By request, educators can schedule a short meeting with a member of the education department to help design the tour and provide materials.

Cost: FREE
Who can come: All grade levels
Maximum group size: 25
Requirements: Ratio of 1:5 adult/student for Pre-K-5 and 1:7 for 6-12

Docent Led Tours

Students can enjoy a unique tour in the galleries or gardens, lead by a Dixon docent. These tours emphasize critical thinking and visual literacy skills, and encourage curiosity and communication. Dixon docents are trained in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a school curriculum and teaching method, to facilitate open-ended discussions with students.

Cost: FREE
Who can come: All grade levels
Maximum group size: 50
Requirements: Ratio of 1:5 adult/student for PreK-5, 1:7 for 6-12

Dixon Discoveries

This one hour session includes an interactive tour of the galleries and/or gardens, followed by a hands-on activity. Each session is designed to meet the Common Core Standards and help with your units of study.

Grades: PRE-K-5
Maximum group size: 50 students
Cost: Free
Requirements: Ratio of 1:5 adult/student

Group Sketching 

The supplies will include papers or sketchpads, clipboards, and pencils. The materials will be prepared and waiting for your group at the front desk. Group sketching has to be requested when you make your reservation for a museum or garden tour. Supplies Included.

Cost: Free
Grades:  6-12
Maximum group size: 25
Requirements: Ratio of 1:7 adult/student     

Additional Tour Information: 

  •  Museum hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 am- 5 pm 
  • The Dixon is handicap accessible throughout the museum and gardens. 
  • Tour groups are welcome to bring a picnic for the gardens (weather permitting, as no indoor space is available). 
  •  Lockers and coat racks are available, but, if possible, please leave backpacks on the bus.  

To schedule a visit please fill out the form to the right.


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