Crystal Bridges is the first major art museum to be built in the United States in the last four decades, with more than 50,000 square feet of gallery space and an endowment in excess of $800 million.
Portions of the museum’s endowment are devoted to covering all of the expenses associated with school tours.
Standard validity tests confirmed that the survey items employed to generate the various scales used as outcomes measured the same underlying constructs. Students received a one-hour tour of the museum in which they typically viewed and discussed five paintings.
Some students were free to roam the museum following their formal tour, but the entire experience usually involved less than half a day.
The school field trip has a long history in American public education.
For decades, students have piled into yellow buses to visit a variety of cultural institutions, including art, natural history, and science museums, as well as theaters, zoos, and historical sites.
Some schools believe that student time would be better spent in the classroom preparing for the exams.
When schools do organize field trips, they are increasingly choosing to take students on trips to reward them for working hard to improve their test scores rather than to provide cultural enrichment.
With field trips, public schools viewed themselves as the great equalizer in terms of access to our cultural heritage.
Today, culturally enriching field trips are in decline.