Fitchburg Art Museum


General Information

  1. Group size - The Museum is able to accommodate all group sizes whether your group is small or large groups, students, youth groups, or adults.
  2. School or youth groups may complement their tour with a related hands-on studio art project (there may be an additional cost).
  3. Tour hours for group tours are Wednesday-Friday, from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., or weekends 11 - 4 p.m. For guided tour groups larger than 20 people, we can accommodate tours outside the Museum's hours.
  4. Tour Request Timeline - Please allow at least two weeks advance notice for requesting a tour. For information about fees or to schedule a tour, contact the Director of Docents at 978-345-4207 ext. 302 or

Guided Tours

1. Guided tours are available for youth, school, homeschool and adult groups.
2. Guided tours are approximately 45-60 minutes long, and led by trained docents (tour guides).
3. Your tour can be customized to a particular topic or gallery (See Tour Options link below).
4. School or youth groups may complement their tour with a related hands-on studio art project for an additional fee.
5.Guided tour groups are limited to 24 per docent (tour guide).
6. Guided tours require one chaperone/teacher for every ten students.  There is no admission fee for the required number of chaperones.

Fees:  $50 for one tour group of 24 or less.  Inquire about the pricing for additional tours, art projects, etc.

Self-Guided Tours

Groups may visit the museum during our open hours to stroll through our galleries on a self-guided tour. Groups interested in arranging to visit in the mornings from Wednesdays through Fridays must contact the Education Department or Director of Docents by calling 978-345-4207 ext. 302.

Teachers from the Fitchburg Public Schools only may arrange a FREE self-guided visit to the museum Wednesdays – Fridays by calling Director of Docents at 978-345-4207 ext. 302 or email Requests must be made at least three weeks in advance.

Select a Tour

Tours listed below are led by a museum docent(s) and are one hour in length with the exception of the School Programs which are 2 hours. 

  • Highlights Tour
  • Discover Egypt Tour
  • Ancient Greek & Roman Tour
  • Current Exhibition Tour – current changing exhibition
  • Ancient Egyptian Tour with Egyptian Art Studio Project
  • Ancient Greece and Roman Tour with Greek Shield Art Studio Project

Scheduling a Tour

Tour requests can be arranged by calling 978-345-4207 ext. 302 or email Guided tours may be arranged Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm or on weekends from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Please call or email your tour requests 3 weeks in advance for scheduling purposes.

Please have the following ready when booking a group visit:
  • Name of your organization
  • Main contact person for tour
  • Contact person's phone number, email address, mailing address
  • First choice of date and time of visit
  • Second choice of date and time of visit (snow date option)
  • Approximate number of visitors
  • Tour: Guided or Self-guided
  • Special requests/requirements
  • Lunch - Limited space for lunch is available to groups and must be requested at time of booking. School groups ranging from 25-60 can be accommodated in the Simonds lobby.

Admission/Tour Fees for Docent-led tours: Please contact our Education Department or Director of Docents.

Before scheduling a tour please read all the guidelines and tour program offerings first. Please mention any special requests or special student needs.

Groups receive a Group Tour Confirmation Form in the mail or by email after booking is complete. Tours are not confirmed without receipt of the Group Tour Confirmation Form  Full payment is expected before the tour begins.  Groups are encouraged to bring a copy of this form with them on the day of the tour.

Tour Cancellation and Late Arrival

Should your plans to visit change or you anticipate being more than 15 minutes late on the day of the tour, please call the Director of Docents at 978-345-4207 ext. 302

Museum Guidelines

  • There is no charge for the required accompanying adult chaperones. Additional adults will incur a museum admission fee.
  • Plan to arrive at the museum 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Refer to your confirmation sheet for your Tour start time.
  • Parking: Cars and buses may park in the Elm St. parking lot near the Simonds Building School entrance. Additional parking for cars is available in the Merriam Park Courtyard at the main public entrance.
  • School Entrance for Guided or Self-guided visits is on Elm St. at the Simonds Building glass doors. Other groups may enter at the Merriam Parkway Courtyard entrance during our open hours.
  • Please divide your group into sub-groups before arriving at the Fitchburg Art Museum.
  • The museum is handicapped accessible.
Museum Policy and Etiquette

• Museum policy requires 1 chaperone/teacher for every 10 students. Please refer to our website for further information.
• No running in the museum. Either you or the artwork could be hurt or damaged.
• No touching the artwork. The oil and salt in your fingerprints damages art, and even metal.
• Listen respectfully to others' opinions about the art.
• We ask that you please stay together in your school groups.
• Be aware that there are other visitors in the museum who also want an enjoyable experience. Therefore, keep your voices at a normal level, and when you have finished viewing an artwork, be mindful that you are not blocking it for others.
A note to Teachers/Chaperones: Please do not leave the task of enforcing museum etiquette to the museum guards or museum guides (docents). Museum guards and guides have other jobs to do, and disciplining students distracts them from their important roles.