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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)

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

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

  • NEW THIS YEAR  |  Native American Outreach Program (Grades K-5)

  • NEW THIS YEAR  |  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. 


Jacoby Hinton has a diverse background in education. In 2014, he graduated from College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art and Political Science. Post graduation Jacoby joined Teach For America and spent two years teaching High School and Middle School Science on the Standing Rock Reservation in McLaughlin, South Dakota. Jacoby then moved to San Jose to become the Founding Art Teacher at KIPP Heritage Academy.  Jacoby’s diverse background in education has made him a hands on and project oriented educator. He believes that the best way to learn is by doing. Jacoby started working with NUMU in 2018. Additionally, Jacoby is an emerging artist and an avid painter. He believes in the Arts as an essential outlet for students.


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 30 students) 75 minutes    |    $200

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

LEVEL II Programs for 2 classes (31 to 50 students) 90 minutes    |    $275

  • Art Engagement + Storytelling 
  • 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 (51 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

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We offer three program sizes, designed to fit different school group sizes: Level I & II Tour Days offer 90-minute tours at 9am, 10:45am and 12:30pm; Level III Tour Days offer 120-minute tours at 9:00am and 11:30am. We can mix and match the class sizes and times if given enough notice. 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