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Pre-K–12 School Group Tour Guidelines

Please review our Pre-K–12 School Group Tour Guidelines, below, and our K–12 School Group Tour Terms of Agreement and share this information with your chaperones and students before your visit.

Visit Guidelines

In order to ensure the safety of the artworks on view at Albright-Knox Northland, we ask you to observe the following:

  • Please do not touch the artwork or lean on the walls.
  • Please view the art at a safe distance—at least three feet away.
  • It is important to walk slowly and carefully; no running or pushing is allowed.
  • Be respectful to other visitors and guided tours by speaking softly.
  • Photography with cameras and cell phones is permitted, but please note:
    • Use of a flash is not permitted.
    • Cell phone use for purposes other than photography is not permitted during guided tours.
  • Food, drinks (including bottled water), and chewing gum are not permitted at Albright-Knox Northland.
  • Pencils and paper are not permitted during guided tours. Pens and other types are writing implements are never permitted.
  • Please leave all backpacks and large purses on the bus.
  • All items entering and leaving Albright-Knox Northland are subject to inspection.

Chaperone Guidelines

Chaperones can enhance the success of a group tour and the amount of learning that can take place by showing active interest in the works of art while supervising student behavior. When students see adults interested and engaged, they are more likely to respond themselves. We also ask chaperones to observe the following guidelines:

  • Please stay with your assigned group at all times, including during and after the tour. All students in grades Pre-K through 12 must remain with their assigned chaperone at all times.
  • During the tour, please stay actively engaged and refrain from side conversations, as they may distract the students.
  • Please silence your cell phone during your visit. 
  • It is the responsibility of each chaperone to review the visit guidelines above, to communicate the rules to his or her group, and to enforce the rules while at Albright-Knox Northland. If student behavior is found to be disruptive, the Albright-Knox reserves the right to ask the group to sit out the rest of the tour.
  • Chaperones are not permitted to bring additional children on guided school tours. This includes the use of strollers and front baby carriers.

Arrival Instructions

  • We suggest arriving 5–10 minutes before your tour start time. Please make sure to leave all backpacks and large purses on the bus. Please enter through the Albright-Knox Northland main entrance, where you will be greeted by a member of our staff.
  • Before your visit, please divide your students into the designated number of groups indicated on your confirmation letter. 
  • All Pre-K–12 groups are required to have a minimum of one chaperone per 10 students.
  • Please note that tours are 45 minutes in length.

Late Arrival Policy

  • Our guided tours are given by volunteer docents. To be mindful of their donated time, a tour will still end at its original end time in the case of a late arrival.
  • We know that there are circumstances which will cause a school group to be late. If you know you will be arriving past your tour start time, please call 716.270.8276 as soon as possible. If there is no answer, we would appreciate a voicemail message with an update.
  • Groups that arrive more than 20 minutes late might not have the chance to go on a guided tour. If this is the case, your group will be allowed to visit the space as a self-guided group.

Cancellation Policy

  • You may cancel up to one week prior to the date of your visit. 
  • If you need to cancel your tour, please call 716.270.8276. The sooner you call, the more likely it will be that we can find another date for your visit.
  • If a tour is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or an emergency, please call 716.270.8276 before 9 am on your scheduled tour date. We will do our best to reschedule your tour.

Lunch Facilities

  • Albright-Knox Northland has no group lunch facilities.
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