Bringing Your Class to the Museum

The AMAM is primarily a teaching institution, founded to support students' educational experiences at Oberlin College. However, we also have the responsibility of serving a wide audience of public schools, other colleges and universities, and the broader community. Our desire is to provide Oberlin faculty with first priority in scheduling use of the collection, but in order to do so we need your cooperation in adhering to the guidelines below.

Gallery Visits
Print Study Room Visits
Frank Lloyd Wright House
Works Not on View

 

GALLERY VISITS
You are welcome to bring your class into the galleries during regular museum hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays.

Security officers are present in the galleries when the museum is open. While on duty, they are entrusted with the care of the collection. Please be courteous to the officers and respect any suggestions they might make in regard to the safety of the collection.

  • Professor-Led Class Visits: In order to guarantee the most effective and positive experience for your class, please contact Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs, (ext. 58645) as early in the year as possible (no less than four weeks in advance) with the date and time of your visit. This will ensure that your teaching in the gallery is not disrupted by another tour group and confirm that the desired exhibition or works of art will still be on view. Due to the Education Office’s busy tour schedule, space conflicts can arise when the museum is not notified in advance of your plans.

Please note that 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Tuesday - Friday is the most popular time for school tours and that Tuesday Teas are scheduled at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

If you would like assistance identifying objects on view relevant to your class topic, please contact the Curator of Academic Programs, at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

Our galleries are not static, and works frequently rotate off view due to conservation concerns or loan to other institutions. Consequently, if you plan to discuss a work currently on view, it is important to inform the Curator of Academic Programs before the semester begins. If it becomes necessary to de-install or relocate that object we will make every effort to notify you in advance.

  • Guided Class Visits: For assistance in leading or developing content for a class visit to the galleries and/or Wolfgang Stechow Print Study Room, please contact Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs (ext. 58645), at least four weeks in advance. Availability is limited, however, so scheduling before or at the beginning of the semester is highly advisable.

General introductory and thematic tours are available. In addition, specialized museum visits can be designed to link the collection with your specific curriculum and learning objectives.

Professors are expected to accompany their students on the gallery tour, as well as to participate in leading discussion and making connections to their course material.

 

PRINT STUDY ROOM VISITS
Exceptionally strong holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs supplement the paintings and sculpture on view in the AMAM galleries. Faculty members who wish to schedule a class in the Wolfgang Stechow Print Study Room should contact Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs (ext. 58645), at least four weeks in advance. Requests made less than four weeks in advance will be accommodated if possible but cannot be guaranteed. Please limit your request to 10 works per50- or 80-minute classes. Please read carefully the AMAM's policy for the use of the Print Study Room.

Please note that professors must accompany their students on Print Study Room visits. Please meet your students in the corridor by the back door, have them leave their bags on the hooks provided or in the available lockers, and accompany them as a group up to the print room.

There are a number of museum resources to aid you in identifying works relevant to your class topic. Beyond these resources, the Curator of Academic Programs can assist with selecting appropriate works of art and designing a Print Study Room session for your course.

The Wolfgang Stechow Print Study Room hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 4:45 p.m.

When visiting the Print Study Room, we ask that faculty and students alike observe the following rules:

  • No food or beverages are permitted in the Print Study Room.
  • Notes must be taken with pencils only; pen and markers are not permitted.
  • No bags, backpacks, purses, coats, jackets, hats, scarves, umbrellas, or musical instruments are permitted in the Print Study Room.
  • Taking digital reference images of works in the Print Study Room is not permitted.
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
  • No touching of the artworks.
  • No chewing of gum.
  • No electronic devices other than laptops. Cell phones must be turned off and kept out of sight.
  • No latecomers will be allowed into the Print Study Room.

 

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOUSE
Class visits to Frank Lloyd Wright's Weltzheimer/Johnson House can be arranged by contacting Jason Trimmer at (440) 775-8671 or jason.trimmer@oberlin.edu. At least two weeks notification is required. Please note that the house closes during the winter months (December through March) and may not be available for class visits during that time.

 

WORKS NOT ON VIEW
If works not currently on view are needed for class visits (other than works on paper), requests should be made through Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs (ext. 58645), to have those pieces brought to the galleries or Print Study Room for viewing. In such instances, we ask that the number of works be limited to three.

Due to space restrictions and in consideration of the safety of the works, visits to painting or object storage are not possible.