THE HISTORY MUSEUM HAS RE-OPENED! Tues-Sun, 10 AM-5 PM. The Research Center remains temporarily closed. Close

Attention: We are taking field trip reservations for 2021, however please be advised that reservations may be canceled depending on recommendations at the time related to COVID-19. You may contact Lead Program Manager Molly Wilmoth with questions. 


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 museum helps students make connections between past and present, see real objects from the past, and explore stories from across Washington State.

How to Book a Field Trip

  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.)
  2. Explore field trip costs and funding opportunities.
  3. Learn and share museum expectations on our “Know Before You Go” webpage.
  4. Book a field trip.

We offer two different types of field trips: self-guided field trips and facilitated History Lab field trips. Both field trips allow students to 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.

Grades Pre-K - College

Self-Guided Field Trips

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 learning history is fun.

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Grades 3 - 12

Facilitated History Lab Field Trips

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.

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