Field Trip Costs & Scholarships

We want to help all Washington State students connect with our state’s history. Please see below for information on our pricing and scholarship options.


Field Trip Scholarships

FieldTripScholarshipsPromoImageIn 2019, WSHS launced a new field trip scholarship program to provide financial aid for underserved schools. Scholarships cover the entire cost of admission and transportation for school groups. 

These scholarships are for schools where 50% or more of students receive free or reduced-price lunches. If you are not sure if this applies to you, please contact OSPI's Child Nutrition Program.

Scholarships for this year are currently being reviewed. Check back this summer for information for how to apply for the 2020/2021 school year.  

Applications for the first round of scholarships are due October 11, 2019. Applicants will be notified by Nov. 1, 2019.  We will then work with applicants to book their field trips for dates on or after Dec. 1, 2019. 

Applications for the second round of scholarships are due January 10, 2020. Applicants will be notified by Jan. 24, 2020.  We will then work with applicants to book their field trips for dates on or after February 11, 2020. 

We encourage applicants for the first round of scholarships to bring their students on a field trip to the museum during the winter. The spring is a busy time of year for field trips, so scheduling your trip earlier in the year will help your students have a more productive learning experience.

If you have any questions about the Field Trip Scholarships application process or program, please email


Sliding Scale Admission

Student admission cost for all field trips is based on a sliding scale. See the table below for details:

Percentage of Students
Receiving Free or Reduced
Lunch at Your School

Cost per Student for
Self-Directed Field Trips

Cost per Student for
History Lab Field Trips

 0 - 49%



 50 - 65%



 66 - 80%



 81 - 100%



If you are not sure if this applies to you, please contact OSPI's Child Nutrition Program.

Teachers are free.
We admit one chaperone for every five students for free.
Additional chaperones may enter at a rate of $5 per person.

Next Steps
Once you have selected which type of field trip is best for your group and explored funding options:
1. Please review our Know Before You Go webpage for guidelines about the logistics of your visit. 
For more information, contact the Education Department
Please note: We no longer offer bus funding for early visits. These funds now support the Field Trip Scholarship program.