Adult Group Visits

Thank you for choosing the Conservatory for your group visit. 

Starting June 30th, 2021, we are excited to welcome adult groups to the Conservatory for summer visits. 

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How do I know if I have an “Adult Group”?

An adult group is considered a group that has less than 10 children, has more adults than children, and whose visit is focused on the adult experience, as opposed to the child’s experience.

Group Visit Details: 

At this time, groups with a maximum of 25 people are welcome to visit the Conservatory. One group will be welcome every 90 minutes (10am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm) on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Any changes to this policy will be updated here and on the Covid-19 Updates/FAQ page. 

Groups will receive a brief staff-led orientation when they arrive. Staff will also be able to assist with any booking questions or needs before the visit. The visit itself is self-guided. 

Admission for all groups is free. All groups must pre-register at least two weeks in advance of their trip. Trips are open for booking between June 30th and August 26th.  

Before registering for a group visit, please read through these FAQs. Please also refer to the general visit FAQs for more details about current regulations for Conservatory visits. Your group will be expected to adhere to all rules at the Conservatory. Last minute trip requests after the two-week advance window are subject to availability.  


Please arrive on time to the Conservatory and look for the Groups sign. Upon arrival, there will be a staff person outside waiting for your group who will give a short orientation in front of the building. In inclement weather, the orientation will happen inside the building. Do not come inside before checking in with GPC staff unless it is raining. 

Late entries are not permitted due to capacity limitations. 

Parking and Buses

There is free visitor parking in the lot just south of the Conservatory. Bus drivers may drop off and pick up directly in front of the Conservatory. If your bus drivers choose to wait for you, they may park in the rear of the parking lot south of the building, on Central Park and Lake. Buses are not permitted to remain parked on the street in front of the Conservatory. 


Enjoy 2 acres of gardens under glass as well as more than 10 acres of outdoor gardens. If your group is interested in the Artist’s Garden, that will need to be booked separately. Use your senses (except taste) to interact with our extensive collection. For the young at heart, please also use our download-able pre and post-visit lessons, themed experiences, scavenger hunts, activities, and digital tours to help you structure your self-guided exploration! 


Please note that the indoor lunchroom is closed. You may eat on the lawn in our outdoor gardens, weather permitting. Bluestone Terrace has some tables and chairs for eating that are first come, first served, for all visitors. Staff cannot hold lunches for groups, so groups must keep food with them. The gift shop is closed until further notice. Water fountains are not available. 

In the summer, the Conservatory can become very warm, so plan accordingly. 

There are no balls, frisbees, balloons, kites, or confetti allowed inside the Conservatory or on Conservatory grounds.

Questions? Contact or call 773.638.1766 x 25 to speak with Heather Van Zyl, School & Groups Program Coordinator.