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Museum of Tolerance Frequently Asked Questions for Youth Tours
1. What are the age recommendations for MOT tours?
The Tolerancenter and Holocaust exhibit tour is designed for students in 7th grade and above (12 years and older.) The Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves tour is designed to fit into the curriculum of students in 3rd grade (8 years old) through high school.
2. How long should I expect to spend in the museum?
You should expect to spend approximately 3 hours on a tour of the Tolerancenter and Holocaust exhibits. The Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves tour is 2 hours in length. There is no time allotted for lunch or other breaks during your tour.
3. What time can my tour start?
Scheduled group tours begin every 15 minutes and can start between 8:30am-2:00pm Sunday through Friday.
4. How far in advance should I make reservations for my group?
Tours tend to fill up quickly at the Museum of Tolerance. Because of this, we recommend calling our Field Trip Coordinator at 310-772-7639 as soon as you know the particular date, time, and type of tour that you wish to reserve. Once you have scheduled your visit with the Field Trip Coordinator, you will receive an email confirming your reservation.
5. How many chaperones should I bring?
We recommend 2 chaperones per 25 students.
6. How do I prepare my students for the visit?
We provide curriculum-aligned lesson plans to prepare your students for the tours. You can view the Teacher’s Guides here.
7. Is there a place for my group to eat lunch?
There is a cafeteria, and reservations are required for groups. Reservations can be made by calling 310-772-2518. No outside food or beverages are permitted within the museum, so we recommend eating bag lunches at nearby Rancho Park, located at the corner of Pico Boulevard and Motor Avenue.
8. What are MOT security procedures?
All visitors pass through a metal detector before beginning the tours. We request that the following items be left on the bus or in personal cars: backpacks, all electronic devices (MP3 players, CD players), cameras, pens and markers, all food, candy, beverages, chewing gum, sharp objects and mace.
9. Do docents speak languages other than English?
Yes. All requests for tours in languages other than English must be made in advance with our Field Trip Coordinator. We will do our best to provide a docent who will fulfill your groups’ needs.
10. How can I request free or discounted tickets?
We provide limited assistance to Title 1 schools to cover the cost of admission for group tours from July-December. There are no free or discounted tickets available to groups touring between January - June. To find out if your school qualifies for this assistance, please call the Field Trip Coordinator at 310-772-7639.
11. Do you provide funding to cover the cost of transportation to the Museum of Tolerance?
At this time, we do not offer funding for transportation. Click here to find out about possible funding sources.
PLEASE NOTE: The Museum of Tolerance will close early (3:30 PM) on October 20, 2019 and remain closed through October 22, 2019, for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.
The Museum is Closed Saturdays and Jewish Holidays. During the months of November - March, the MOT will close at 3:30pm on Fridays. Last entrance is 1:00pm.