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 $150 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.


All schools are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the museum. The museum offers limited bus scholarships for Title 1 public schools, available on a first-come-first-serve basis. We start taking requests in August each year, and will let scholarship recipients know of their status within two weeks after application. Awarded schools are required to register with the USC vendor system and invoice the museum for bus cost reimbursement.

How to Schedule

To schedule a tour and/or to apply for a bus scholarship, please submit the application here.

PLEASE NOTE: USC PAM is closed for seismic retrofit until late fall 2017. All dates for school tours begin in January 2018

For questions and special requests, please contact Valentina Quezada, 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