Schools and Teachers

USC PAM provides FREE guided tours for grades 3-12 from schools of all types, Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.

Specially trained docents guide students in interactive explorations of the museum’s treasures that promote learning, understanding, creativity, and critical thinking. Art workshops are led by professional teaching artists and enhance the experience by providing students an opportunity to create art while learning more about Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Field trips are comprised of a 1-hour guided tour and a 1-hour art workshop, unless otherwise requested. Groups of 30 students or fewer take the tour followed by an art workshop. For Groups of 30-60 students, half of the students will go on a tour, while the other half participates in the workshop. The two groups will then switch to give students both experiences.

Art workshops are FREE to all public school groups that visit during regular school hours within a school year (August to June). They are optional for groups of 29 students or fewer, but are required for groups of 30-60 students. Possible workshops include:

  • Calligraphy
  • Brush Painting
  • Storytelling
  • Animals in Asian Art

A fee of $200 will apply for independent schools and after-school/youth/summer groups.

*NO self-guided school tours are offered at this time.

Tours address California Common Core State Standards and VAPA Standards

Please read USC PAM School Tour Guidelines before submitting an application.


The museum offers limited bus scholarships for Title 1 public schools, available on a first-come-first-serve basis.We start taking requests on August 1st of each year and will notify scholarship recipients of their status within two weeks after application submission. Awarded schools are signed up for a bus by education staff and are responsible for confirming their reservation with the bus company.

How to Schedule

Applications for school tours for the 2018-19 school year are now open, click button below to apply!

For questions and special requests, please contact Cristina Hernandez-Guerrero, Interim Youth and Family Programs Specialist, via

My Masterpieces Program

In partnership with Pasadena Unified School District, USC Pacific Asia Museum is pleased to be participating in My Masterpieces, an award-winning innovative partnership between Pasadena’s schools and cultural institutions. My Masterpieces brings Silk Road-themed art, social studies, and creative writing lessons to local 6th graders, as they design historic characters, work as a team in a virtual caravan, and encounter objects from the museum’s collection in their travels. The students also enjoy a free visit to the museum, where they explore the collections with a docent, and engage in a hands-on art activity.

Download the curriculum here:

My Masterpieces Lesson Plans
Student Workbook and Overheads

Teacher Events

USC PAM offers bi-annual Educator Nights to K-12 teachers. These events are free and focus on our special exhibits. Check the event calendar for upcoming programs and details here

Download the Spring 2018 Educator Night Curriculum:

Drawing on Cultural Exchange