The Washington State History Museum is open for visitors Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. All visitors ages 5 and above are required to wear masks while in the museum. Close

Please reach out if you are interested in scheduling field trips for the 2021-2022 academic year. We are taking reservations with the understanding that field trips will be contingent upon COVID conditions. If we are not able to schedule a field trip at the time of your request due to public health considerations, we will let you know and supply you with additional resources including curriculum, a digital app to virtually explore the museum with associated learning tools, and more. We will also reach out to let you know as soon as we are able to schedule your group.

Questions? Contact education specialist Emily Gogerty-Northrip

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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