Field Trips

Washington State Historical Society has been monitoring the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region via the Washington State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the Governor’s Office. 

Based upon these guidelines, and our desire to first and foremost protect the health and safety of our community, we have made the decision to suspend field trips and History Box rentals for the months of March and April. We are temporarily halting additional field trip reservations as well. 

We will re-evaluate during the week of April 20, and post update here. We will reach out to those who had reservations for March and April in the hopes of rescheduling. 

We apologize for the frustration and disappointment this may cause, and we thank you for your understanding and patience as our region works to limit the impacts of this situation. 

If you have questions, please email Lead Programs Manager Molly Wilmoth at

Get your students excited about the past with a field trip to the Washington State History Museum. Thousands of students come to the museum every year to explore how history connects us all. A field trip to the Washington State History Museum helps students make connections between past and present, see real objects from the past, and explore stories from throughout Washington State.

How to Book a Field Trip

Step 1: Decide which type of field trip is best for your group, a Self-Guided Field Trip or a Facilitated History Lab Field Trip. (See below for details.) 
Step 2: Explore field trip costs and funding opportunities
Step 3: Learn and share museum expectations on our “Know Before You Go” webpage
Step 4: Reserve a field trip 

Step 1: Decide Which Type of Field Trip is Best for Your Class
We offer two different types of field trips: self-guided field trips and facilitated History Lab field trips.

SelfGuidedFieldTrips_GirlsSelf-Guided Field Trips
Grades K-12
Our interactive exhibits encourage young people to actively investigate the past, develop skills to examine evidence, analyze cause and effect, and weigh arguments. Even more, a visit to the museum can help them discover that learning history is fun. We strongly recommend one chaperone for every five students.
Learn more about self-guided field trips.

HistoryLabImage1Facilitated History Lab Field Trips
Grades 3-12
In the History Lab, students employ critical thinking and apply their own perspectives, led by a museum facilitator. Our new format offers more hands-on opportunities, interdisciplinary practices and concepts, and engaging questions. The History Lab facilitated program is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We strongly recommend one chaperone for every five students.
Learn more about History Lab field trips. 

On both types of field trip, students can access our permanent exhibit, the Great Hall of Washington History, as well as all of our temporary exhibits. See which exhibits will be on display when you visit. 

For more information, contact the Education Department.

Book a Field Trip