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    A lesson they won't forget

    Every year, the Burchfield Penney hosts hundreds of educators and thousands of students, including pre-school field trips, college-level workshops, and everything in between. When you book a tour, your visit will be customized to your needs and areas of study. The museum also offers numerous special programs for school groups and others. 

    Please book your visit at least two weeks in advance by calling 716-878-3156 or emailing the Burchfield Penney at, with the following information:

    • Name of school
    • Contact name
    • Contact phone and email
    • Date(s) and time(s) interested in for your visit (click here for hours; please note we are closed on Mondays)
    • Number of students
    • Grade level
    • Curriculum focus

    Admission is free for docent led group tours that are pre-booked through the Education Department, thanks to the support of First Niagara Foundation and KeyBank. 

    One chaperone is needed for every ten students. A coat room, lockers and wheelchairs are available. Please review the museum guidelines and accessibility page in advance.

    You may also inquire about adding a hands-on art activity with your tour, having lunch at the museum, and booking a space where you can meet with your students before or after your docent-led tour.

    Below are samples of tours that we offer for school groups:

    Charles E. Burchfield

    The Burchfield Penney Art Center has three galleries permanently dedicated to the art of Charles E. Burchfield in addition to a reproduction of his studio. This is an in-depth tour for your students to study our namesake.

    Architectural and Green Building Tour

    The Burchfield Penney Art Center was the first “green” museum in New York State. It was also the last building designed by noted architect Charles Gwathmey (who passed away in 2009). This tour will focus on the architectural and environmental features of our LEED Silver building.

    Mini Museum Studies Tour

    This learning program is designed for middle and high school students. Using the zig-zag cooperative learning model, students are introduced to the variety of career opportunities available within the museum setting. This experience provides students with a chance to discover the range of museum-oriented career opportunities while partaking in group discussions following the tour.

    Sight Tours

    The museum - which is fully accessible - offers tours and hands-on art activities for individuals and students with visual impairment. Using a variety of methods, including touch tours and storytelling, docents create a unique experience for these students.