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Self-Guided Visits

Grades K-12 
We strongly recommend at least one chaperone for every five students. 
 
The Great Hall of Washington History is rich with information and artifacts that meet state and Common Core Standards and enhance lessons taught in the classroom. Entering the Great Hall is like stepping into another world. The Great Hall features exhibits on Washington State history from time immemorial to present day. Learn about Native heritage in our plank house, frontier life in our replica store, the variety of industries in Washington state, and much more within our Great Hall.
If your class is working on a special project or will do well exploring at their own pace, a self-guided visit is for you.
 
Your class will receive an orientation to the museum when you arrive. 
 
If you are going on a self-guided field trip, please bring an activity to deepen and support your students’ learning in the museum. Please use an activity provided in our Field Guide or create your own activity sheet. (If you create your own activity, please provide an answer key or extra copy to our staff at the main floor admissions counter. This will better enable us to assist your students in the galleries.) 
 
The self-guided option also includes access to temporary exhibit galleries. 
 
Next Steps
Once you have selected which type of field trip is best for your group:
1. Explore funding options for your group on our Field Trip Costs and Scholarships webpage.
2. Please review our Know Before You Go webpage for guidelines about the logistics of your visit. 
For more information, contact the Education Department

Explore the Museum

The Great Hall of Washington History is rich with information and artifacts that will meet state and Common Core Standards as well as enhance the lessons taught in the classroom.  To see what featured exhibits will be on display during your visit, visit our featured exhibits page.

Visit Materials

Students who are actively engaged get the most out of their museum visit. Check out the Gallery Activities page for printable worksheets.

Chaperone Schedule

Download a schedule and map of the Great Hall for chaperones visiting the museum.