1. How do I arrange a tour of the Painted Churches?
When you have a date in mind for a tour, call the Chamber office at least 2 weeks in advance to see if the date is available. The staff will help you with all the details. Please do not send in a reservation form and deposit without talking with the Chamber staff first.
2. Why do I have to pay a $50.00 deposit?
The deposit guarantees your reservation with the Chamber and it assures that you will show up for your tour. A guide is not assigned to your group until the deposit is paid. The deposit will be applied to the tour fees when you arrive.
3. Why do I have to give the guide a gratuity?
The Chamber is very fortunate to have excellent docents who volunteer their time to provide tours to our visitors. It is expected that they be compensated at least $40.00 by your group for their time and expertise if your group consists of fewer than 15 people. For groups of more than 15 people and for photography groups, we request a gratuity of at least $50.00 because of the extra time it takes for the tour.
4. Is there a bus that we all ride on or do I have to drive my own car?
Transportation is provided by our visitors, and the tour guide will ride in your vehicle with you if there is room. If the guide has to drive their vehicle, we then request at least a $50.00 gratuity for the guide to help compensate for gas and usage of their vehicle.
5. Is there a minimum number of people required for a guided tour?
The Chamber is happy to accommodate groups of any size, whether it is 1 or 100.
6. If there are just a few people in my group, can you combine my group with another one?
The Chamber strives to accommodate as many groups as possible, but we don’t always have enough docents available on a given day. We also try to limit the guided tours to no more than five per day. We will only combine two groups when it is an emergency. We want each group to feel that it is their special event, not something they have to share with strangers. If we can’t provide a guided tour for you on the date you request, please consider another date or take the self-guided tour.
7. May I visit the churches on my own without a guide?
If you have a small group of no more than 6 people, you may visit the churches on your own. The churches are normally available from 9:00am until 4:00pm, Mondays through Saturdays. Occasionally, there are weddings, funerals, or special Masses at some of the churches, and they are closed on certain holidays and holy days, therefore, it’s a good idea to call the Chamber ahead of your visit to be sure the churches are available. The Chamber sells a brochure and map for $5.00 to assist you on the self-guided tour.
8. Why can’t I visit the churches on Sundays and Holy Days?
All of the Painted Churches are active parishes, with services on the weekends and special days.
9. It seems like the Chamber makes a lot of money from the tours. Do the churches get anything?
The Chamber gives a generous portion of the money from tours to the churches. The same applies to the museums and other churches that are part of the Museum Tour and the County Line Tour.
10. Are there any special rules we have to follow when visiting the churches?
There are several rules of church etiquette that must be followed:
Please remember to close all doors behind you; you are welcome inside but we prefer that the birds and wildlife stay outdoors.
No food, drinks, chewing gum, tobacco, or pets are allowed.
You may sit down in the pews, but please do not go into the choir loft or in the altar area.
You may not touch statues, sculptures, or paintings.
Please do not take the prayer books as these are used at each Mass by the congregations.
These churches are still active today and do have services, prayer times, weddings, and funerals. Please respect the congregations by remaining outside if an event is in progress, and be mindful of those who may be coming in to worship.
*The Greater Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for accidents or injuries. Be especially mindful of the pews in the church at Dubina because of slight protrusions at the bottom of each pew.
*All churches are handicapped accessible.