Plan Your Field Trip

Plan Your Field Trip

Explore our natural and cultural history exhibits, 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 the same!

View our K-12 Education Program Guide to learn all about the museum, our exhibits and special events, available workshops and educational theater opportunities.


Ready to book your field trip? Fill out our inquiry form OR call us directly at 317.232.1637 during business hours.


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 homeschool groups of 10 or more. Preschools, afterschool programs and summer day camps pay group admission.


Available Grants

  • Schools with 40% 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. Interested? Contact Sarah Rapp-Johnson for information about the 2017 - 2018 school year. Provided by the Indiana Academy of Science.

  • IPS schools may apply for free transportation compliments of Key Bank, One America and the IPS Education Foundation. Funds will be reimbursed to IPS after your visit. Access when submitting your field trip. Indicate that your trip will be refunded to IPS via the IPS Education Foundation, and contact Robert Shula directly for reimbursement.

State Historic Sites

Field trips are free to our State Historic Sites (excluding New Harmony State Historic Site). 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.

Field Trip Costs

Student Prices

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. Click here to view group rates.

Adult Prices

Teachers: FREE (Indiana educators may receive free museum gallery admission at any time, with valid school ID)

Chaperones within a 1:5 chaperone/student ratio: FREE

Adult chaperones in excess of the 1:5 ratio may receive a discounted admission rate of $9.75/person.

Please note:

Adult chaperones in excess of the 1:5 ratio MUST be included in pre-registration, and paid for in a single transaction (including any applicable programming fees) to receive a discounted rate.

Adults in excess of the 1:5 ratio who are not included in pre-registration 48 hours prior to the field trip, or who wish to pay individually, will be asked to pay the full admission price of $13.

Exceptions to the 1:5 ratio may be made for students and groups with special needs. Please call 317.232.1637 at least 48 hours prior to your field trip if you wish to request an exception for students with special needs.

Effective January 2016: The Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater require separate payments.

Add a School Workshop

$4/student (minimum of 15 or $60 fee)
Choose from workshops focused on cultural history, archaeology or natural history. Click here for a list of available workshops and academic standards they meet.

Add Educational Theater

$4/student (minimum of 30 or $120 fee)
Options available for all ages. Click here for a list of available programs.


Free school bus parking is extremely limited at the White River State Park Surface South Parking Lot from September 16 – April 30 and will be closed to bus traffic the remainder of the year. Schools should plan for alternative parking for the buses in the event of the WRSP Surface South Parking Lot being full.

Adult chaperones will receive a discount voucher for the White River State Park Underground Parking Garage, if they visit the museum only, or free parking if they purchase IMAX tickets.

Add an IMAX Film

Call 317.232.1637 for group, teacher, and chaperone pricing to the IMAX theater.
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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.

Need help planning your self-guided tour? Interested in scheduling a student workshop or theater performance? Contact Sarah Rapp-Johnson, School Group Liaison at 317.233.8958 or