Learn at the McMullen


Docent Tours

The Museum offers free, public docent tours every Sunday at 2:00 pm. To schedule a private tour for your group during Museum hours, please email Rachel Chamberlain at least two weeks in advance. Our staff and volunteers will tailor presentations to your group’s age and interests. All tours are free.

Student Ambassadors

Applications for Student Ambassadors are currently closed; the Museum will be recruiting its third class of Student Ambassadors for the 2018–19 academic year starting in April 2018.

the Terrace

The Terrace is a digital publication produced by the McMullen Student Ambassadors. Alongside information on the Student Ambassadors and updates on their current committee projects, visitors can find episodes of the McMullen podcast, “Art in Focus,” an archive of lecture recordings, research on the McMullen permanent collection, as well as articles, interviews, digital resources, Boston spotlights, and more, all organized and produced by the Ambassadors in collaboration with McMullen staff.


The McMullen Museum’s temporary exhibitions provide a resource to all higher education instructors, students, and researchers. In addition to the Museum’s Sunday afternoon docent tours, faculty may schedule self-guided tours for their classes or request specialized guided tours, discussion sections, or workshops to be led by McMullen staff or docents. To schedule a tour or request further information, please contact Rachel Chamberlain at least three weeks in advance.


The McMullen Museum welcomes children and school groups of all ages to explore its rotating exhibitions and develop connections with the works on display. Dedicated to helping students develop critical visual and cognitive thinking skills through visual thinking strategies (VTS), the McMullen engages students in discussions on art, asking them to draw their own conclusions based on the visual evidence presented.

School Visits

The Manager of Education, Outreach & Digital Resources, Rachel Chamberlain, is available to help design individualized visits tailored to class curricula. To schedule a school group visit, please contact her at least three weeks in advance.

The Museum cannot accommodate student groups for lunch. When weather permits, students and chaperones are welcome to eat outside on the terrace or on the lawn in front of the museum. School groups are also welcome at the many dining halls on campus. Information on dining services may be found at the Boston College Dining Services website.

Buses may stop in front of the museum for drop off and pick up and may park in any of the visiting bus spaces in the Theology and Ministry Library parking lot. Information on parking/accessibility may be found at the University’s Department of Transportation & Parking website.

For Educators

As a transdisciplinary research institution, the McMullen aims to connect the works of art on display in the Museum to various curricula and disciplines. Below is a collection of lesson plans, research guides, classroom activities, and learning resources for pre-K–12 educators that highlight a cross section of themes in our current exhibition.

Materials to accompany Nature’s Mirror: Reality and Symbol in Belgian Landscape:

Grades 3–5

Nature’s Mirror Educator Guide
1.1 Nature’s Mirror PowerPoint (PPTX)
1.1 Nature’s Mirror PowerPoint (PDF)
1.2 Teacher’s Guide to Nature’s Mirror PowerPoint
1.3 Question Cards
1.4 Student Worksheet (to accompany PowerPoint)
2.1.a Student Exhibition Guide (to be used during visit to McMullen Museum)
2.1.b Landscape Guide (to be used if students cannot visit)
2.2 PEPSI Paragraph Practice Activity
2.3 PEPSI Paragraph Worksheet
2.4 PEPSI Paragraph Grading Rubric

Materials to accompany Cao Jun: Hymns to Nature coming soon!

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