Free docent tours of the McMullen’s current exhibition take place every Sunday at 2:00 pm. If you would like a separate, private tour for yourself or a group, please contact Rachel Chamberlain at least two weeks in advance.
The McMullen Museum of Art Student Ambassador program employs 15 to 25 Boston College undergraduate students to work as museum greeters and collaborators on a series of museum projects, programs, and initiatives. Each student participates in one or more committees representing a range of museum fields and skills, including Digital Humanities, Social Media and Outreach, Publications, Events Planning, Education, Collections Management, and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility.
By directly engaging in and/or designing new and cutting-edge museum initiatives, Student Ambassadors grapple with contemporary questions in museum studies pertaining to visitor experience, accessibility, inclusivity, preservation, and new technologies. Examples of Student Ambassador projects include managing and editing a digital publication, the Terrace, organizing and recording podcasts, digitally rendering exhibitions using 3D-modeling software, digitizing archival materials, creating panoramic walkthroughs for online visitors, developing social media content and education materials for diverse publics, conducting research on the permanent collection, and coordinating student events.
Applications for Student Ambassadors are currently closed; however the Museum will be recruiting its sixth class of Student Ambassadors for the 2023–24 academic year starting in March 2023.
For further information on the Student Ambassador program, please contact Rachel Chamberlain.
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.
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.