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Teaching from original works of art is central to the mission of the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College. Throughout the academic year the museum offers a variety of educational programs highlighting the exhibitions and collections of the museum and connecting our students with the arts and concerns of our time. Faculty and students of The Claremont Colleges use the museum—its exhibitions and collections—as a resource for teaching, a classroom, and a subject for research and writing projects and assignments. The museum's programs are available as a resource for local area schools and groups.

The museum offers internships to Pomona College students in all areas of museum work from curatorial to registration.

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Academic Programs

The academic programs office at the Benton seeks to integrate the museum's collections and exhibitions with the academic curriculum of Pomona College and the Claremont Consortium. Through rigorous outreach and engagement with the campus community across departments, the academic programs office encourages use of the museum as a teaching resource, emphasizing first-hand conversation with artists and art objects as a central component of the liberal arts education.


The Benton Museum of Art is an exciting learning resource for students at the Claremont Colleges. Students are a vital part of the museum's mission, whether curating exhibitions, assisting with research for future exhibition or collection-based projects, creating programs for the Art After Hours evenings, or working behind the scenes with museum staff in a variety of ways.  Internships at the museum offer many different opportunities to become familiar with art museum work and the range of museum careers. Working with a relatively small and highly collaborative staff, museum interns find they can take on substantial projects that are integral to the museum and that extend across academic departments. Students in all disciplines who are interested in museum work are encouraged to explore internship opportunities at the Benton.

Collection Study Rooms

The Collection Study Room in the Benton provides a portal into the art collections of the College. The room functions as both storage and gallery, with open table space and walls for short-term display of objects not on view in the exhibition galleries. Providing an opportunity for close examination of works of art without the barriers normally needed for public display, the Collection Study Room gives students, faculty, and selected members of the public intimate contact with original works of art.

A generous gift from Carlton and Laura Seaver allowed the Museum to update the traditional role of a collection study space by equipping it as a state-of-the art “smart classroom.” Computer, datalines, DVD, and overhead projection make it possible for members of the faculty to present illustrated lectures in combination with immediate access to the College’s art collection. Smart classroom technology also offers real-time access to the on-line collection databases of other institutions in order to compare the object under study with similar works. The smart classroom technology brings access to the collections into the 21st century, melding the study of tangible, physical objects with the virtual and encyclopedic resources of the Web.

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Academic Groups (Claremont Colleges)

Classes from all disciplines at The Claremont Colleges can schedule a visit to current exhibitions during normal museum hours. Advance notice to avoid conflicts with other classes or events is appreciated. Tours outside of regular museum hours can be accommodated with two weeks notice.

Self-Guided Tours

Explore the Museum’s exhibitions at your own pace during normal museum hours. Our galleries often have limited capacity of 10-15 people at one time, and reservations are always required for groups of 10 people or more. We recommend allowing at least 1 hour for your visit.