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Tours & Group Visits

The Richmond Art Gallery offers free tours of all our current exhibitions.  Our knowledgeable staff provide insight and discussion for each exhibition.  Tours are free for groups of 8 – 40 participants, but need to be booked in advance.  Tours average 30-45 minutes in length, but can be adapted to your groups’ needs.

Group Tours:
We can cater a tour to your group’s specific needs and interest.   Learn more about our current exhibition, the Art Gallery, and contemporary art.  Book at least 2 weeks in advance.

Tea and Tour:
End your tour with an informal discussion over tea and treats.  For a nominal fee, the Gallery will provide light refreshments and host a more in-depth discussion about the art.  Book at least 3 weeks in advance.  Fee is $3 per person, minimum of 8 participants.

To book your tour, contact Kathy Tycholis, Education & Public Programs Coordinator, at ktycholis@richmond.ca or 604.247.8313.

SPECIALTY TOURS:

 

Bus Tours
Tours to other galleries or art spaces are offered sporadically throughout the year.  Visit our Events page for upcoming bus tours.

Drop-in Tours for Individuals and Small Groups:
The Gallery often hosts free scheduled Tours in Mandarin and English during city-wide events like Doors Open Richmond and Culture Days.  Check our Events page for upcoming tours.

High School Tours:
The Gallery offers free tours for high school groups throughout the year.  Teachers’ Guides and other resources are also available for teachers for prep and follow-up activities.  Visit our Secondary School Page for booking information.


FAQ

How do I pay for a “Tea and Tour” or “Bus Tour”?

Payment for the “Tea and Tour” is required on the day of your program.  Please let gallery staff know how many are in your group, and you can pay by cash, credit or cheque at the Cultural Centre front desk.

For Bus Tours, pre-registration is required through the City of Richmond Program Registration, available online, by phone or in person at the Richmond Cultural Centre.  Please note that there is limited space on our bus tours, so it is best to register early to avoid disappointment.

Is the Gallery wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the entire Cultural Centre is wheelchair accessible, including the restrooms.

Where are the restrooms?

The Cultural Centre has restrooms located in the hallway to the right of the Cultural Centre front desk.

Can we take photographs during our visit?

Photography is permitted during most exhibitions.  As protectors of the art, we need to ensure we respect the wishes of the artist.  Please check with staff prior to your visit to see if the artist has granted us permission for photography in their exhibition.

Once our visit is booked, is there anything I can do to prepare my group?

Absolutely!  Prior to your visit,  contact us for a Teacher Guide, available online or we can mail one to you.  Guides include information about the exhibition and the artists, with some discussion questions and pre-visit classroom activities suitable for various age and English comprehension levels.  We also have Artist Interviews available on our website and You Tube that you can view to find out more about the exhibition.

Can students sketch in the gallery?

Yes!  We encourage students to sketch the exhibition artwork.  Please bring your own sketchbooks and drawing materials (graphite pencils only). Clipboards can be provided if requested in advance.

How long is the tour?

We can work with you to accommodate your schedule. The guided portion of the tour is approximately 25 minutes with the rest of the visit for independent viewing, sketching, and/or writing activities.

Where can I park?

There is free parking available at the Cultural Centre and Arenas parking lot and parkade. Please check signage as some parking is limited to 3 hours.  Free all day parking is available on the upper level of the parkade.

Where is the gallery located, and is it accessible by transit or school bus?

The Richmond Art Gallery is located inside the Richmond Cultural Centre. The gallery can be reached by Canada Line, and is a 10-15 minute walk from Brighouse station. See our location map and directions. There is a school bus drop off lane on Minoru Boulevard next to the eastern entrance, and the parkade can be accessed from either the Minoru Boulevard entrance or from Granville Ave.