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For grades Pre-K – College.

*We strongly recommend at least one chaperone for every five students. 

If your class is working on a special project or will do well exploring at their own pace, a self-guided field trip is for you.

Entering the Great Hall of Washington History 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 across the state, immigration to Washington with first-person stories, and much more.

Your class will receive a short orientation to the museum when you arrive, then will be free for self-guided exploration. Please bring an activity to deepen and support your students’ learning in the museum. Consider using an activity from 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 field trip option includes access to temporary exhibition galleries. However, when a group of students is engaging in a facilitated History Lab field trip, we ask that self-guided school groups not to enter the History Lab space. This includes not passing through the History Lab to view the model railroad. We regret the inconvenience, but find it important for the learning of the students in the History Lab.

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.
  3. Use our online form to book a field trip.

For more information, contact the Education Department.

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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 lessons taught in the classroom. To see what featured exhibits will be on display during your visit, visit our exhibits page.

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Materials

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

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Chaperones

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