Museum Etiquette

Before your visit to the Mattatuck Museum, we ask that you review the Museum’s Etiquette policies.  A great way to get students involved and to remember the Museum’s policies is to pose questions. For example, you may ask “Name three things we should not do while we are on our tour? Now name three things that we should do while we are on our tour? Why?”

Visitation Guidelines:

  • There must be at least one adult for every 10 children, not counting the docent(s). Have 22 in your class? You will need at least 3 adults to accompany them.*
  • No food, drink, pens, or cell phone use while in the galleries. You may use graphite pencil and can take photos without flash where permitted.
  • Please refrain from touching artworks and artifacts, as well as the walls and cases displaying them. Some walls and displays are movable and can be easily manipulated, if not careful.
  • No backpacks (of any size) or large bags are allowed into the galleries. Please prepare ahead of time and carry any necessary medical supplies in a small bag or leave large bags at the front desk.
  • Please follow any rules set forth in school for behavior: walk at all times & stay with the group, use an inside voice, raise your hand when you have something to say, and be respectful of others when they are talking.

* Because you and your chaperones are responsible for the behavior and safety of your students, it is important to remind chaperones that they must stay with their specified groups for the entire visit and help students respect the guidelines outlined above.

For more information please contact the Valerie Rodgers, Lead Museum Educator/Tour Coordinator
at (203) 753-0381 x118 or