Field Trips

Explore our natural and cultural history galleries, from geological specimens to objects related to our 16th president. Discover historical figures in Indiana like Gene Stratton-Porter and Thomas Say. Experience hands-on learning in one of our programs or theater performances. With so many possibilities, no field trip to the museum is ever the same! Be sure to save this information for later by downloading our PreK-12 Education Program Guide.

Get Started

To book your field trip, complete our field trip inquiry form or call 317.232.1637 during business hours. To learn more, contact Krystle Mangan, program and schedule manager, at 317.509.7679 or

Available Grants

Schools with 40% or more students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches may qualify for one of Indiana State Museum’s many science-based school programs for free. Those who qualify for a free science program may also receive transportation reimbursement. Click here to complete the application. Please contact Krystle Mangan, program and schedule manager, via email at or by phone at 317.509.7679 with questions. Schools will be notified whether their applications are approved or placed on a wait list.
Provided by the Indiana Academy of Science.

Field Trip Pricing

K-12 Schools

Admission is free for pre-registered, Indiana accredited schools or homeschool groups of 10 or more K-12 students. Additional programming fees and IMAX® Theater admission prices vary. Free admission includes teachers and bus drivers, plus one additional adult chaperone per every five students. Additional chaperones pay the group admission rate of $15/person.

Complimentary Admission for Teachers

Not sure what the museum has to offer? Try us out first – for free! Admission is complimentary for all Indiana PreK-12 teachers with proper identification.

Out-of-School Time Prices

We now offer a special field trip rate for out-of-school time programs! This includes Summer Camp groups. Visit the museum after school hours or during school breaks* to receive the field trip admission rate of $6/student (ages 3-17), free for staff, and $11/additional adult chaperone. One adult is required for every 10 students.

*Visit Wednesday through Friday and Mondays and Tuesdays during school breaks

Self-Guided Preschool and Day Care Prices

Self-guided preschools and day cares pay group admission.

Preschool Journeys

Preschool Journeys costs $6 per student, $6 per chaperone and is free for teachers. This amount includes the exhibit tour/program and one hour of self-exploration. A 1:5 chaperone-child ratio is required.


A chaperone-to-student ratio of 1:5 is required. Required chaperones are free, and additional chaperones pay the group admission rate. 


Reserve your complimentary lunch room space at the museum ahead of time. Reservations are available in 30-minute blocks and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There is an option in the field trip inquiry form to indicate you would like to reserve lunch room space.

Enhance your Visit

Add an Educational Theater Performance

Participate in interactive live theater performances in your own classroom. Your students will find themselves in the thick of the action! Learn more >>

Add a School Program

During your field trip, schedule a themed school program tailored to your group's ages. We have a variety of options to choose from that will complement the learning in your classroom. Learn more >>

Add an IMAX® Film

The IMAX® Theater is dedicated to providing a wide range of large-format films designed to educate, enlighten and entertain your students, and provide you a powerful teaching tool that is easily integrated into your existing curriculum. The reduced K-12 admission rate for groups, teachers and chaperones make the IMAX® Theater an affordable class outing! Call 317.232.1637 or visit for group, teacher and chaperone pricing.  
Separate payments must be made to the Indiana State Museum and IMAX® Theater


Adult chaperones visiting the museum will receive a discount voucher for the White River State Park parking garage. Free parking is available with the purchase of an IMAX® ticket. During the field trip reservation process we will provide you with the location of bus parking.

Before Your Visit

We’ve put together a fun, informative video with some tips for a great field trip. We encourage you to share this video with your students and chaperones to prepare for your upcoming visit. Click here to view a map of the museum.

Please remember:

  • Students must be accompanied by a chaperone at all times, and everyone is asked to behave in a respectful manner.
  • Groups damaging or destroying museum property, or otherwise not being adequately supervised, will be asked to leave.
  • Some objects in the galleries may be touched, and are indicated as such. Please remind chaperones and students that objects behind barriers such as ropes, wires or glass are not meant to be touched. If in doubt, please don’t touch, climb on, or move an object on display.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries.
  • Please refrain from flash photography in the galleries. The light can damage fragile objects and artifacts.
  • Have fun and enjoy learning about Indiana history, science and culture!


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

Thanks to our generous Field Trip Fund Sponsors, 56,583 school trip visitors experienced a day at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites during the 2018-2019 school year. 

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