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10 things to know before your visit to the IARC

We are pleased that your group will be visiting the Indian Arts Research Center. In order to assure the best experience, please read the following list of responsibilities and guidelines and share them with your group prior to the visit.

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To best protect our visitors and our collection, we request the following chaperone/student ratio for school visits:


Grades Ratio
<6 1 adult / 3 students
7-9 1 adult / 5 students
10-12 1 adult / 7 students




  • Group leaders are responsible for the behavior of their groups at all times.
  • Please help staff protect the collection by not touching. The IARC has an education set, representing different parts of our collection that can be handled instead.
  • Running, pushing, and roughhousing are not allowed in the museum. Our collections are held in open storage and appropriate behavior is necessary to avoid accidents.
  • Food, drinks, and gum are not allowed. Please help us make sure our collection continues to be available for generations to come.
  • Mobile phone use is prohibited in the vaults.
  • Photography and video recording are prohibited in the vaults.
  • Use only pencils. Staff members are happy to provide a pencil and paper if you would like to write or draw during your visit. Be careful not to point with your pencil or other objects.
  • All bags must be checked in at the Indian Arts Research Center. We don’t want to accidentally bump into fragile pottery or one of the display cases.
  • Keep a safe distance between you and each work of art. This helps to avoid accidental touching or bumping.
  • Please stay with the tour group at all times.