School Programs
Explore the Arkell Museum's renowned American Art collection through cross-disciplinary explorations of the Mohawk Valley, Canajoharie, and the artist's who have captured its spirit. Our education programs will share the treasures of our collection with your students will providing them with hands and minds-on opportunities for engaged learning with a collection that has grown right here in their own backyard.

Looking to tailor a program to your classroom? We are happy to help! Reach out to us at and let us know how we can customize a program about the history of the Mohawk Valley, about the Beech-Nut Packing Company, the elements of art, or any other topic that you think would suit your classroom and our collection!

Scheduling a Tour

Please use our TOUR REQUEST FORM to fill out our tour request form at least three weeks in advance. Tours are generally between 45-90 minutes in length but may be altered to suit your group’s needs. You will need the following information for the form:

  • Desired date of visit
  • Contact person
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Grade level
  • Number of students
  • Number of adults
  • Tour focus (please visit our current or upcoming exhibits pages to see what will be on display during your visit!)
  • Lunch plans
  • Group Size and Chaperones

    Guided tours are available for groups of 8 or more. As large groups (of 25+) necessitate scheduling multiple guides, extended advanced notice is appreciated. Chaperones for guided tours are required at the following ratios: 1:8-10 elementary and middle school, and 1:12-15 high school students. Twice as many chaperones are required for self-guided tours. We ask that all students and adults adhere to appropriate museum etiquette, and adult supervision is required at all times.

    Tour Fees

    Guided tours are $6 per student; a pre-arranged art activity may be scheduled for an additional $2-4 per student, depending on the activity. Teachers, aides, nurses, and bus drivers are always free, and chaperones are free at the ratios listed above. Additional adults will be charged $5 each. A down payment of $50 (non-refundable) or full payment must be paid prior to your museum visit unless other arrangements have been made in writing. Self-guided school groups pay regular admission fees. (Children ages 11 and under are free, Students 12 and up $6, and adult tour leaders pay $8). Self-guided school groups with over 15 students are advised to pay in advance to avoid conflicts with prepaid docent-guided tours, who will be given preference to gallery admission if a conflict arises.

    Tour Logistics

    Our parking lot provides ample room for school buses and chaperone vehicles. All museum galleries are wheelchair accessible. If additional accommodations are necessary, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Eating Lunch at the Museum

    With advance notice at time of scheduling, your group may reserve the museum's classroom or the Great Hall to eat bagged lunches immediately before or after your tour.

    Transportation Funds

    Districts that participate in the Arts in Education and/or Exploratory Enrichment CoSers (cooperative services) may be able to receive BOCES aid on their programming costs. Please contact your local BOCES Arts in Education coordinator for more information.

    Free or Reduced Admission

    Email for information about funding provided by the by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Park Service/Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and the Erie Canalway Heritage for reduced admission for any grade that includes the Erie Canal as part of the teaching curriculum.

Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Homework, c. 1874
Watercolor on paper, Gift of Bartlett Arkell
The mission of the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and the Canajoharie Library is to promote and celebrate the understanding and enjoyment of the arts and humanities in Canajoharie, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond. The Arkell Museum collects, preserves, researches and presents American Art and Mohawk Valley History, and promotes active participation in art and history related activities, to enhance knowledge, appreciation and personal exploration by all.

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