Fitchburg Art Museum


General Information

1. Group size - The Museum is able to accommodate all group sizes for youth and adults.
2. Hours for scheduled tours - Tuesdays-Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
                                            Saturday and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
     *For guided tour groups larger than 20 people, we can accommodate tours outside of these hours
     **No tours can be scheduled on Mondays
3.  The Museum is wheelchair accessible.
4. Tour Request Timeline - Please allow at least 2 weeks advance notice for requesting a guided tour or to schedule a self-guided 
    tour time outside of our usual open hours.



Self-Guided Group Visits

We reccomend self-guided groups larger than 6 people contact the Director of Docents with advance notice of their visits (see phone and email information below).  This ensures a better experience for your group and other visitors, in case there are other large groups at the Museum that day.

Self-guided groups may visit the Museum without prior arrangements during our open hours, or arrange a visit during the mornings of Wednesdays - Fridays (see Tour Request Timeline above) by calling the Director of Docents at 978-345-4207 ext. 302 or by sending an email to

Fees:  The price of admission ($9.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and students ages 13-21, free for ages 12 and under)

NOTE: Self-guided groups from Fitchburg Public Schools and Fitchburg State University are FREE.


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 compliment 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 for youth or school groups require one chaperone/tracehr for every ten students.  There is no addmission fee for the  
          required number of chaperones.
      7. Limited space for lunch is available to groups and must be requested at time of booking.  School groups ranging from 25-60 can be

Fees:  $50 for one tour group of 24 or less.  Inquire about other pricing for additional tours, art projects, etc.
Full payment is expected before the tour begins.


Tour Options

     Art Here and Now Tour*
     Several times a year our upstairs galleries feature one-person, group, or thematic exhibitions by regional contemporary artists that reflect the   
     vibrancy of art-making today.  Our guided tours provide insights into the artists' ideas and creative processes that novice and more experienced
     viewers will find fascinating.

     Permanent Collection Exhibition Tour
     Several of our galleries remain on view for long periods of time.  Currently available are:    

     1) GLOBAL AFRICA: Creativity, Continuity, and Change in African Art
     Traditional masks, masquerades, fabrics, metal objects, and carved figures reflect the rich cultures of the African continent.  Contemporary art
     by artists of African heritage illustrate how these traditions are transformed today.  All ages enjoy hands-on activities in the GLOBAL AFRICA
     Learning Lounge.

     2) Discover Ancient Egypt*
     Enter our Egyptian "tomb" and learn about this fascinating culture through art, artifacts, and interactive activities.  Take an automated
     "flashlight" tour of the Book of the Dead, see real mummies, peer into a miniture diorama about mummification, interview for ancient Egyptian
     job, and much more.  Ages 3 to adulty enjoy this gallery equally.
     3) Upcoming in 2015: Eleanor Norcross, artist and founder of the Fitchburg Art Museum
     A Fitchburg native, Eleanor Norcross lived independently as a succesful artist in Paris for forty years at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth
     centuries.  See her beautiful Impressionistic paintings and the European decorative objects she collected, and admire this pioneering woman
     for whom "character is everything."  Generous loans from the Fitchburg Historica Society provide a look at Eleanor's life and times


Highlights Tour

Can't decide what to see?  Learn about the Museum's history and see a little bit of everything.


Exploring Art Tour

This tour introduces children to the elements of art, the art museum,  and art media.  Through thoughtful questions and sketching, children learn a
about color, line shape, composition and more.  Older children also discuss artistic styles and artists' choices.  A customized 20-minute are project
follows the tour.  Tour and activity takes 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on age level.
Fulfills MA State Curriculum Frameworks for Visual Arts Pre K through 4.


Bilingual Tour in Spanish

Several of our docents are bilingual.  Please allow at least three weeks advance notice if requesting a bilingual version of any of our tours.


Customized Tour

Do you have something in mind?  Director of Docents Ann Descoteaux can help you plan the perfect experience for your group.


Scheduling a Tour:

Please have the following ready when you are scheduling 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
  • Approximate number in group
  • Tour type:  Guided or Self-guided
  • Tour Option for a guided tour
  • Special requests or special needs
  • Lunch Space - 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.
For information about fees and to schedule a guided or self-guided visit, please contact the Director of Docents, Ann Descoteaux (de-coe'-toe)
at 978.345.4207 ext. 302 or

Guided Tour Confirmation

Guided tour groups receive a Group Tour Confirmation Form in the mail or by email after booking is complete. 
Tours are noth confirmed without receipt of the Group Tour Confirmation Form.  Groups are encourages to bring this form
with them on the dayofthe 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 Museum's main
phone number 978.345.4207 or the Director of Docents at extension 302.

When Arranging Transporatation for your Group

  • Plan to arrive at the Museum to tour start time.  Refer to your Confirmation Form for your tour start time.
  • Parking: Cars and buses may park in the Elm Street parking lot near the main entrance.  Additional parking for cars is available in the Merriam Parkway Courtyard or across the street.

Youth or School Groups: Two-Three Days Before Your Self-Guided or Guided Tour

  • 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 finger prints damges art, even metal.
  • Listen respectfully to others' opinions about the art.
  • Please stay together in your school groups.
  • Be aware that there are other visitors in the museum who also want an enjoyable experience.  Therfore, keep your voices at a normal level, and when you have finsihed viewing an artwork, be mindful that you are not blocking it for others.
  • Review the agenda for the day with your youth or school group, so they know when they will take a break, eat lunch or a snack, etc.
  • Do a "Get Ready" lesson:  Review curriculum corrections, discuss what students already know about the exhibition topic, discuss personal of family connections to the topic, discuss what they will see or what they hope to see, etc.
  • Plan a post-visit lesson or reflection session for students to share their experiences.
  • Confirm the number of chaperones (one adult chaperone for every 10 students)

On the Day of Your Tour

  • Bring your check, cash, or credit card to pay for the tour.
  • Bring your Confirmation Form.
  • Youth or school groups:  Review -again- Museum Etiquette.
  • For groups larger than 24, please divide your group into sub-groups before you arrive at the Museum.
  • A note to Teachers and 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 discilpining students distracts them from their important roles.