Visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is a memorable learning experience for groups of all ages. MoCA Arlington offers a comprehensive field trip program, which caters to K-12 students and community groups. Groups will be guided through our contemporary art galleries and participate in a hands-on art workshop inspired by our current exhibitions on view.


Gallery tours include an overview of select current exhibitions and a discussion of the artist’s materials and process. One of MoCA Arlington’s teaching artists will lead your group through the galleries, allowing for participants to ask questions and explore the current works on show. Through observation and group discussion, gallery tours encourage students to develop critical thinking skills and visual literacy while sparking interest in the local artist community and the world around them.


Hands-on workshops are led by professional teaching artists. These workshops incorporate themes and methods inspired by the current exhibition on view. Workshops encourage students to experiment with new materials and ways of creating by exploring the exhibitions and thinking about art-making methods. Exhibitions at MoCA Arlington rotate each season, offering new experiences for students and community groups throughout the year. Workshops in our classrooms are focused on various art media and are accessible for students of all age groups.


Field trips at MoCA Arlington can be scheduled Tuesday-Friday between 9:30 and 5:00pm. This is a 90-minute program consisting of a 30-minute gallery tour and artist conversation, and an hour-long art-making workshop.

Visitors are responsible for their transportation, though MoCA Arlington does provide free off-street parking. The museum is also easily accessible by public transit, located just one block south of the Virginia Square-GMU metro station on the Silver and Orange lines. Bus line 24P and ART Line 41 stop directly in front of the museum. The museum is fully ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. Please use the elevator entrance on the parking lot side of the building. MoCA Arlington does not have a cafeteria onsite, however visiting groups are welcome to bring packed lunches to enjoy outside in Maury Park, which surrounds the museum before or after their trip.

Please contact MoCA Arlington’s education team at to schedule a field trip at least four weeks out from your desired field trip date.

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