• Self-guided school groups of 30 or fewer (college and K-12) are welcome with advance reservations. Call 503-370-6855, or use our online form.

Chaperones and teachers may lead Self-Guided Tours of the:

Planning for your Self-Guided Tour:

  • Wednesday through Saturday
  • Between noon and 3 p.m.
  • Self-guided tours are limited to a total group size of 30 or fewer*
  • Special exhibitions in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery can accommodate 30
  • Special exhibitions in the Study Gallery can accommodate 10

*If your group is larger than 30, you might consider rotating visits between the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and other Salem cultural institutions such as the State Capitol, located directly across from the Museum, or the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill.  

Additional Guidelines
School Tours FAQ

Resources for your visit

With a printable Self-Guided Tour you and your class can find artworks in the Museum’s permanent collection galleries: spend some time looking and discussing each one, and learn more about art from the Pacific Northwest and around the world! (There are different levels of difficulty in the discussion questions, so do a little or a lot.)

Printable Self-Guided Tour

Schedule a Self-Guided tour online


You may also call (503) 370-6855 to reserve a tour time.
If you receive a recording, please leave the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Date and time of proposed visit (please give a first and second choice, Wednesday-Saturday only)
  • School Name
  • Number of students and chaperones (maximum group size of 30)
  • Grade Level
  • Telephone number and email address


campus tour

Parking Information

Metered parking for cars is available adjacent to the museum on State and on Cottage Streets.

Free bus parking is available in the campus stadium parking lot adjacent to Bush Park. From the Museum, travel east on State Street and turn right at the next street, which is Winter. Go all the way down to Mission (Winter ends here) and the lot is across the street.

A handicap parking spot is located on Cottage Street near the corner of State and Cottage. If you have a wheelchair user permit from Oregon or another state, you may park for free at any meter or time restricted area that is marked for 30 minutes or longer. Please visit the City of Salem for further disabled parking details. 

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