::: Field Trips

Earth Day Field Trip Programming
2010 International Mercury EXPO

Corresponding to part of the Museum’s mission to serve as a “catalyst for art exploration” we welcome tour groups from around the community to be led by our trained and dedicated team of docents. This opportunity to partner with so many departments in The College is a true benefit to the students. Your students will discover connections to curriculum that you are already teaching, and discover the many facets of a global issue that affects so many of us.

To assist you in scheduling a tour, you may call to schedule a tour for your group, at 757.221.2703, or email museum@wm.edu. Tours for these special days will be in blocked times to make sure that your group gets the most benefit of the day. Your students will experience each of the four main activities. The whole field trip is a 2-3 hour commitment, with blocks starting each hour and running through 3 PM. Please do not hesitate to call for more information.


Mercury Scavenger Hunt
During the Mercury Scavenger Hunt, students will solve puzzles and collect items – pieces of a larger puzzle – to discover that mercury and its diverse global presence is an issue of international concern affecting homes, schools and workplaces as well as the highest levels of government and corporations.  Students will visit a mock fish market to learn about bioaccumulation and mercury levels in seafood and will learn how mercury is used in the extraction of gold in the mining industries of Latin America.  In addition, students will learn about the use of mercury in dental fillings and the output of mercury in coal-fired power plants, as is currently being discussed in local press in regards to the proposed power plant in Surry, Virginia.

Mercury Movie Showcase

The Mercury Movie Showcase will present students with a varied collection of media featuring mercury; investigative news reports, popular television shows, instructional films, and original material produced by the W&M Mercury Group will come together in an engaging montage to show that mercury is a global problem, affecting diverse populations in dozens of different contexts.

Environmental Improvisational Theatre
Students will participate in a workshop with members of William & Mary’s Improvisational Theater troupe, playing various stage games and spontaneously creating comedic scenes based on random suggestions.  The workshop will begin with an overview of the rules of improvisation and notes on how improv can be used to explore issues of science in a fun, creative, and active way.  Students will then participate in theater games and scene work, becoming characters in environmentally-themed conflicts and creating their own resolutions.

Eugene Smith Muscarelle Exhibit
Eugene Smith raised awareness of social justice and affected change. Smith’s work remains one of the foremost links between photojournalism and photography as a fine art. Unbearable Beauty: Triumph of the Human Spirit, Photographs of W. Eugene Smith includes many images from the Minamata series.  Taken in the early 1970s, many of these pictures brought global attention to the horrors of mercury poisoning.  Students will be guided through the exhibition, learning about the impact of mercury poisoning and other global issues, while learning to appreciate the unbearable beauty of these photographs.

A Mercurial Roadshow Theater Performance
This traveling roadshow, commissioned by the 2010 EXPO, explores the media wars concerning the benefits and threats of the chemical element mercury as related to energy production, food, health care, global warming, and even Broadway. Facts? Myths? Three actors and a few dedicated puppets make sense out of the mayhem, while creating a little chaos of their own.


Buses and Parking
The Muscarelle Museum is located on the campus of The College of William and Mary. Bus drop-off is available in the parking lot in front of the Museum. Buses may pull up along the sidewalk, providing immediate access to the Museum, away from streets or traffic. Buses may park at the far end of the parking lot in front of the Museum. Parking for other modes of transportation is available in front of the Museum as well. A parking pass is required and is available from the guards at the front desk. Please pick up a pass to put in your car upon arrival.

Coat and Backpack Check
Coat and backpack checks are required when groups enter the campus. A station between the Museum and Phi Beta Kappa will be set up for groups to check in and place coats. Security guards are on hand to monitor items and the group.

Meals or Snacks
Food is not permitted in the galleries for group tours. Our facilities are not equipped for indoor brown-bag lunches. Weather permitting, there are several lawn and picnic areas surrounding the Museum and Phi Beta Kappa.


The Museum and all relevant buildings on campus are accessible to wheelchairs, equipped with wide entry ways, wide hallways, an elevator, and accessible restrooms. One wheelchair is available onsite for public use. Please note that the scavenger hunt will be walking around campus, and students with mobility challenges may not be able to fully participate. If further assistance is needed, please contact us.

Contact for Questions or to Schedule a Tour
Muscarelle Museum of Art Education Department
(757) 221-2703