Plan Your Field Trip


Explore our natural and cultural history galleries, from geological specimens to objects related to our 16th president. Meet historical figures in Indiana, like Levi Coffin and Johnny Appleseed. Experience hands-on learning in one of our workshops or theater performances. With so many possibilities, no field trip to the museum is ever the same!

To learn all about the museum and available educational opportunities, view our K-12 Education Program Guide

Ready to book your field trip? Fill out our inquiry form or call 317.232.1637 during business hours. 

For more information about field trips to the Indiana State Museum, please contact Sarah Rapp-Johnson

Who Qualifies as a School Group?

Free field trip pricing applies to all accredited Indiana K-12 schools who visit on a pre-scheduled, chaperoned visit, and to homeschool groups of 10 or more. Preschools, afterschool programs and summer day camps pay group admission.

Available Grants

Schools with 40 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches may qualify to attend one of our many science workshops at no cost. These schools may also apply for free transportation. For more information, please contact Sarah Rapp-Johnson.  
Provided by the Indiana Academy of Science.

Field Trip Pricing

Students

INDIANA K-12 SCHOOLS: FREE
Non-Accredited, out-of-state schools and other youth organizations of 10 or more total people may qualify for discounted group prices. Pre-registration and a single form of payment is required
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Adults

TEACHERS: FREE
Indiana educators may receive free museum admission at any time by showing a valid school ID

CHAPERONES: FREE within a 1:5 chaperone/student ratio
Adult chaperones in excess of the 1:5 ratio may receive a discounted admission rate of $12.95 per person and must be paid in a single transaction. Standard museum admission rates apply to chaperones not included in pre-registration 48 hours prior to the field trip. Exceptions may be made for students and groups with special needs

School Workshops

Choose from workshops focused on cultural history, archaeology or natural history. Our workshops meet a variety of academic standards

STUDENT: $4 
Minimum of 15 or $60 fee.

Educational Theater

Educational Theater options are available for all ages. 

STUDENT: $4
Minimum of 30 or $120 fee

Parking

Limited school bus parking is only available at the White River State Park Surface Lot from September through April. Schools should plan for alternative parking for the buses in the event of the lot being full or closed.

Adult chaperones visiting the museum will receive a discount voucher for the White River State Park Underground Parking Garage. Free parking is available with the purchase of an IMAX ticket.

Add an IMAX Film

Call 317.232.1637 or visit imaxindy.com for group, teacher and chaperone pricing to the IMAX Theater.  
Separate payments must be made to the Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater

Before your visit

We've put together a fun, informative video to share with your students and chaperones. This is a great way to prepare for your visit.

State Historic Sites

Field trips are free to most of our state historic sites! From Indiana’s first state capitol in Corydon to the “Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad” in Fountain City, our sites are rich in Indiana history and meet many academic standards. Click here to learn more about our state historic sites. 
Free admission does not apply to New Harmony State Historic Site
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Thanks to our generous Field Trip Fund Sponsors, 61,500 school children have experienced a day at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites during fiscal year 2017, a 2.5 percent increase from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017. Our aspirational goal is to welcome 90,000 free school field trip students by 2019.