Education is a key focus for EMP, a cultural institution designed to explore the creative process and promote critical thinking. A school visit to EMP gives students the chance to experience interactive exhibitions that highlight the nation's musical culture and history, discover the role that imagination plays in fictional literature and films, explore the development and effects of technology, and teach the craft of making music.
EMP offers a discounted rate to eligible education groups with advance reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum admission for K-12 school groups is $5 per person, or $10 per person for groups of college students/faculty. Access to the special exhibition Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume may be added for $4/person (50% off the regular price). More details and reservations on the Field Trips page.
Please note: Online Educational Group reservations are available seven days a week. School visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
The following offerings for students K–12 will help students and teachers to extend their learning experience above and beyond the classroom walls.
Deepen your students’ experience:
Explore the EMP galleries with students and chaperones at your own pace. Check out our Gallery Guides for help developing a learning-focused visit.
Add a Curriculum Connections in-museum workshop for your class of up to 30 students. Align language arts, social studies, science, music, and visual arts learning objectives through engaging hands-on, student-centered workshops. These 45-60 minute classes are designed to complement self-guided tours. All workshops include a follow-up gallery connection and suggested activities for the classroom to enhance the museum experience. Please note: these workshops cannot be booked online.
- Available Monday through Friday during the school year.
To book an in-museum Curriculum Connection workshop, email Andrew Wonders, Education Programs Coordinator, at AndrewW@empmuseum.org or call 206-262-3239.
Workshops in Schools
One of our dynamic professional teaching artists will tailor two workshops to be led in your classroom. For the third artist-led workshop, students will venture out of the traditional classroom for a field study onsite at EMP Museum. These three one-hour workshops are designed to complement a self-guided tour or Field Study at the museum, and include museum admission. Please note: these workshops cannot be booked online.
- To book a Curriculum Connection workshop at your school, email Bonnie Showers, Curator of Education and Interpretive Services, at BonnieS@empmuseum.org or call 206-262-3250.
STAR (Students Training in Artistic Reach)
The STAR program supports youth music ensembles by equipping students with the artistic skills necessary to perform in a professional capacity. STAR is open to ensembles of all musical genres based in schools or throughout the wider community. Students receive two hours of dedicated coaching from professional artists experienced in working with youth, and get valuable public performance opportunities onstage in EMP’s Sky Church. Please note: STAR program bookings cannot be made online.
- To book a STAR group, email Bonnie Showers, Curator of Education and Interpretive Services, at BonnieS@empmuseum.org or call 206-262-3250.
For more information on school visits and availability for booking a group, please email AndrewW@EMPmuseum.org, or call 206-770-2766. Please email for quickest response, or leave a detailed voicemail with the best time to reach you. Emails and voicemails will be returned within 48 hours, between 3:00pm-4:00pm.