School Programs
School Tours
  • Explore our renowned American Art collection and make solid connections to other disciplines, including history, language arts, and social sciences.
  • General or specific theme tours can be arranged with museum-trained docents as guides.
  • Focus on the "changing American landscape" (with our pilot program, The Changing Urban Landscape: American Artists React) or on the Mohawk Valley (with our pilot program, In Our Own Backyard: Mohawk Valley Views).
  • Teachers may also arrange a self-guided or creative writing experience in the galleries.
  • Download our School Group Programs Brochure for complete details on tour programs available. All programs listed are still offered--but prices have gone up since this brochure was printed in 2011. See below, email or call for current fees.

Scheduling a Tour

  • Tours are generally 45 minutes to 90 minutes in length, but may be altered to suit a school's needs.
  • Use our convenient online TOUR REQUEST FORM to book a tour for your group.

Group Size and Chaperones

  • Guided tours are available for groups of 8 or more. Large groups (of 25+) necessitate scheduling multiple docents; extended advanced notice is appreciated
  • Chaperons for guided tours are required at the following ratios: one for every 8-10 elementary and middle school students and 12-15 high school students. Twice as many chaperons are required for self-guided tours.
  • All students must adhere to the Museum's rules, 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 to $4 per student.
  • Teachers and chaperons 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.

Tour Logistics

  • Our large parking lot provides ample room for school buses.
  • All Museum galleries are wheelchair-accessible.

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

FREE ADMISSION: Call 518-673-2314 ext. 113 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 free admission for any grade that includes the Erie Canal as part of the teaching curriculum.

Plan Your School Visit

Please have the following information available when you call or write regarding a visit with your school group:

  • Desired date of visit
  • Contact person
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Grade level
  • Number of students
  • Number of adults
  • Tour focus or theme
  • Lunch plans
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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