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NUMU’s Museum Explorer Program offers guided school tours, introducing K-5 elementary school students in the Santa Clara County to art and history in a museum setting. Tours use inquiry-based discussion methods to support the California State Visual Arts, History-Social Science, and Common Core Standards. Tours are offered October through May. 


  • Art Engagement Program (Grades K-5)

  • Native American Program (Grades K-5)

  • Forbes Mill Nature Walk Program (Grades K-5)

  • Native American Outreach Program (Grades K-5)

  • Town of Los Gatos History Program (Grades K-5)

  • Social Justice Program (Grades 2-5)

  • NEW THIS YEAR  |  Social Justice Outreach Program (Grades 2-5)

  • Los Gatos Walking Tour (Grades 3-5, available only in May 2018)




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Jerry Falek, master teacher and performing artist, has worked with children, teachers, and audiences of all ages for more than 40 years. His teaching programs blend a background in special education with wide-ranging experience as a storyteller, puppeteer, dancer, and clown. He is known for bringing uniquely crafted performances and residences to such places as Lucille Packard Children's Hospital and Soledad Prison, and to schools, libraries, and museums in Central California, Alaska, Cambodia, the Caribbean, and Germany. He is also an award-winning bread baker and basket maker. Mr. Falek has collaborated with NUMU since 2006. 

Your program type, and its cost, is dependent upon the size of your groups. Check below to see whether your group will fit into a Level I, Level II, or Level III program. 

LEVEL I Programs for 1 class (up to 29 students) 90 minutes    |    $200

  • Art Engagement Program
  • Native American Program
  • Social Justice Program 
  • Town of Los Gatos History Program

LEVEL II Programs for 2 classes (30 to 49 students) 90 minutes    |    $275

  • Art Engagement
  • Art Engagement + Social Justice
  • Art Engagement + Native American
  • Art Engagement + Town of Los Gatos History
  • Native American + Forbes Mill Nature Walk

LEVEL III Programs for 2-3 classes (50 to 75 students) 120 minutes    |    $375

  • Art Engagement + Native American + Forbes Mill Nature Walk*
  • Art Engagement + Social Justice + Forbes Mill Nature Walk*
  • Art Engagement + Town of Los Gatos History + Forbes Mill Nature Walk*

*Forbes Mill Nature Walks in Level III tours are led by participating teachers.

Refer a class to NUMU’s Museum Explorer program and get $25 off your visit (only valid for Level II and Level III tours). Referred group must register for a 2017-18 Museum Explorer Program. For more details contact us at 408.354.2646 or at



Level I & II Tours are offered at 9am, 10:45am and 12:30p. Level III Tours are offered at 9:00am and 11:30am. Please contact us with any questions 408.354.2646 or at

October 10, 12,13, 2017 (Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)

December 5, 8, 2017 (Tuesday, Friday)

February 5, 6, 8, 9, 15, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) 

March 6, 13, 2018 (Tuesdays)

April 23, 24, 2018 (Monday & Tuesday)

Support Provided by: The Ariko Family FoundationThe Michael and Alyce Parsons Foundation | The Town of Los Gatos