The Museum operates on this schedule during the University’s fall and spring semesters when classes are in session.

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

When the University is on recess during the summer, the Museum operates on this schedule.

Monday Closed
Tuesday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m.  – 5 p.m.

The Museum is closed during the following dates:

  • November 17 – 25, 2018
  • December 11, 2018 – January 1, 2019
  • March 2 -17, 2019
  • Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday
  • July 4, 2019


The Brauer Museum can be found in the Center for the Arts on the north side of Chapel Drive, which is off Sturdy Road (East Drive) where an entrance to the Valparaiso University Campus is located.


(The University is located 50 miles southeast of Chicago.)
Traveling from Chicago, take the Toll Road 80/90 East. Take exit 31 (Chesterton) to Route 49 South. Travel 9 miles on Route 49 and take the second Valparaiso exit (Route 30 west). Go to the second set of lights (Sturdy Road/130W) and take a right. Take an immediate left onto Campus Road (Chapel Drive). The museum is located in the Center for the Arts, directly across from the Chapel.
See map for more help.


Visitor parking is available in front (slightly east) of the Center for the Arts. Additional lots are available after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Handicap accessible parking and a wheelchair are available; please call for assistance.

All tours are free, and donations are always welcomed and appreciated.


Group Tours

Groups may arrange a docent-led tour, bring their own guide, or simply spend time looking at the exhibitions on their own. However, all groups of more than 10 must register by calling 219.464.5276.

Groups wishing to arrange for a guided tour (either with a Museum docent or their own guide) may not exceed 60 people. We recommend groups of more than 20 be divided and tour the gallery separately. Our tour coordinator has several other activities (including a “behind-the scenes” tour) that can accommodate groups not in the gallery.

Children must be accompanied by adults — one adult for every 10 children.  The adults are expected to stay with them at all times. The docent must rely on adult supervision and discipline to facilitate the educational experience being provided.  Children who are misbehaving will be removed from the Museum.

Specifically for School Groups

For safety and security reasons, no one may

  • touch any of the artwork, chew gum, eat or drink while in the Museum, run in the galleries, shout or be disruptive in any way, wander away from the group, and use any writing tools except pencils (clipboards will be provided at the desk for teacher/docent supervised activities).
  • use cameras or make copies of artwork without advance permission.

We suggest that elementary school students wear name tags with their first names written clearly so that the docent can address them by name.

Where should our bus bring us?

Your bus should use the Sturdy Road entrance to campus and drop the students off at the entrance of the turn around of the Center for the Arts.  Please have students exit quickly because the bus will be blocking traffic.  The buses may park in the parking lot west of Huegli Hall (See Campus Parking Map).

Disability Access

Disability buses may enter the turn around to drop off their passengers.

The museum owns one wheel chair. If you wish to use it, please make arrangements in advance.

Where do we go when we arrive at the Museum?

Enter the Center for the Arts by the main entrance on the south side of the building.  Please keep your students together in a group in the lobby. Your docent will be there to meet you.


Please call the Brauer Museum at 219.464.5276.

If you must cancel your tour (or if you wish to reschedule), please call as soon as possible.


Teacher Workshops

Teacher workshops are open to primary and secondary school teachers. The purpose of these workshops is to provide an opportunity for teachers in the community and museum staff members to brainstorm on ways that Brauer Museum exhibitions can be effectively used for discussion and instruction in the classroom. Free teacher packets containing information about the museum and the particular exhibitions on display, as well as a CD of visuals from the particular exhibitions, are distributed at the workshop to participating teachers. For more information, please call 219.464.5761.

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