School visits are our priority

MCBA is delighted to offer children, students, and teachers free entry to the museum. Sparking curiosity, sharing emotions and knowledge, and learning about original works is what we are all about.

We offer interactive visits, peer-led tours, made-to-measure teaching projects, guidance for planning visits, and exchanges of ideas and viewpoints to help schools make the most of their visit.

Contact: gisele.comte@vd.ch

Visit formats
From October 2019

Guided tours for teachers

Teachers can book guided tours of every MCBA exhibition, with information on the works, plans for classroom projects, teaching material, and guidance on planning class visits.

  • Free of charge, advance booking required

Guided tours for classes

Interactive tours with a guide, adapted for children aged 4 to 18. Each tour lasts one hour.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:

  • starting from 9 am for the permanent collection (special early opening for classes upon request at least three days in advance)
  • starting from 10 am for temporary exhibitions
  • Free of charge, advance booking required

Open access tours for classes

  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting from 10 am
  • Free of charge, advance booking required. Please let us know when you arrive.

See our tour-planning toolkit (available here in October)

Peer-led tours

Peer-led tours, with children showing other children around the exhibition, allow youngsters to explore and experience the artworks on their own terms.

Contact the museum’s education team for further information.

  • From age 9
  • Duration: 3 x 90 minute sessions at the museum and at least 3 x 45 minute sessions of classroom time

The museum all year round:
my museum album

Classes are invited to visit the museum several times for various exhibitions, building strong links with the works of art and the museum itself. Each child records their experiences in a special sketchbook.

Contact the museum’s education team for further information: gisele.compte@vd.ch

  • From age 4
  • Duration: 3 x one-hour sessions at the museum
  • Cost per child: CHF 7.-

Art in the spotlight:
classroom reinventions

At the start of every new school year, the museum turns the spotlight on one work from its collection, working with schools on creative projects to reinvent it in various ways. The results are exhibited at public art workshops in June.

Contact the museum’s education team for further information: gisele.comte@vd.ch

  • From age 4

Toolkit for visitors

Available to download, from October 2019

  • Mini-guide to the museum for children aged 7 and up, available free of charge from the front desk
  • Newsletter for teachers. To subscribe, contact info.beaux-arts@vd.ch
  • Worksheets
  • The museum’s app in French, English, German, and French Sign Language