Field Trips

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) is pleased to offer Puget Sound area public, private, homeschool and out-of-school teachers and students (grades K-12) a fully subsidized Field Trip Program. 

Arts education through field trips is a major component of BIMA’s Strategic Plan. The BIMA Field Trip Program launched in the Fall of 2013 and received support from a Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA First Step Grant in 2015, supporting the development of the field trip model on which the current program is built. Field trips further the museum’s mission of making art accessible to all, offering quality exposure to and education about art for students and educators from around the Puget Sound region. Field trips are underwritten by BIMA and funded 100% through grants, sponsorships, and BIMA’s fundraising events and donors.

Each FREE Field Trip includes:

Pre-Field Trip School Visit

  • BIMA educators come to your site and guide students in an overview of museum expectations, exhibits and other questions and answers.

Transportation To and From BIMA

  • BIMA covers the cost of getting your group to and from the art museum, working with your district’s transportation department or coordinating equivalent alternatives.

Guided Gallery Tour 

  • Exhibitions feature the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region, selected to engage diverse interests and age groups.
  • Tour Docents use Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to cultivate student observation and critical thinking skills.

Hands-On Art Activity 

  • Teaching Artists – practicing artists with a special focus on education – guide students through a creative art project in the gallery.


Creating your BIMA field trip:

1. Request a Date

  • Field Trips run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and start at 10am. Please fill out the form below to request a date.

2. Schedule a Pre-Field Trip School Visit 

  • 30-minute site visit with a BIMA educator one week or less prior to your field trip, covering museum expectations, exhibits and classroom Q&A.

3. Field Trip to BIMA!
Field trips can be customized in length and content to fit your students’ learning needs, or to support curricular connections. 

Sample Field Trip, approximately 1 ½-2 hours long: 

  • Arrive at BIMA, park bus
  • Welcome students in Reception Area
  • Guided Tour with Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
  • Gallery sketchbook activity
  • Self-guided exploration of BIMA with chaperones 

4. Optional Activities 
Must be scheduled at time of Field Trip booking.

  • Lunch (30 min.)
  • Hands-on activity with a BIMA teaching artist in the BIMA classroom (45 min.)
  • Hands-on activity with a BIMA teaching artist in YOUR classroom (60-120 min.)


Book your field trip today!

Please fill out the form below to request a date.

Questions? Call or email Kristin Tollefson, Education Director at 206.451.4004 or

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