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

The McMullen Museum of Art Student Ambassador program employs 20 to 30 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 Exhibition Design.

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, 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 fifth class of Student Ambassadors for the 2020–21 academic year starting in March 2020.

For further information on the Student Ambassador program, please contact Rachel Chamberlain.

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 Cao Jun: Hymns to Nature:

Grades 3–6

Hymns to Nature Educator Guide
1.1 Intro to China and Chinese Art PowerPoint (PPTX)
1.1 Intro to China and Chinese Art Slideshow (PDF)
1.1a KLW Chart
1.1b Student Guided Notes
2.1a Reading 1: “School in China”
2.1b Reading 1: Comprehension Questions
2.2a Reading 2: “Chinese Landscape Painting”
2.2b Reading 2: Comprehension Questions
2.3a Reading 3: “Calligraphy”
2.3b Reading 3: Comprehension Questions
2.4a Reading 4: “Intro to the Song Dynasty”
2.4b Reading 4: Comprehension Questions
2.5a Reading 5: “Landscape Example”
2.5b Reading 5: Comprehension Questions
2a Spider Map Graphic Organizer
2b Column Notes Sheet
3a Exhibition-Inspired Poetry Guide (to be used during visit to the Museum)
3b Art-Inspired Poetry Guide (to be used if 2.1b Reading 1: Comprehension Questionsstudent can’t visit the Museum)

Materials to accompany Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement coming soon!

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