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!

Preschool Journeys

Preschool Journeys leads 3- to 6-year-olds on a path of discovery in art, science and history. Programs include an assortment of hands-on activities, gallery visits, story time, dramatic play and art projects. 

Schedule your Preschool Journey program to be hosted here at the Indiana State Museum, or schedule it to be brought to you. Call 317.232.1637 to schedule. Preschool Journeys is a program intended for daycares, preschools, or other classes for little ones.

Artful Play | In-Museum
Take a journey through the Lois Main Templeton experience to explore colorful and playful abstract art and listen to a story about a magical rooster. In our creativity studio, grab a tool, dip it in paint and see what your imagination creates. Don’t forget to take home your new masterpiece!  
Limited Time! Offered in June and July only
Duration:  1 hour and 15 min
Cost:  $6 per student, $6 per adult; requires 1 adult per 5 kids; teachers are free

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 Bethany Thomas.

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 Bethany Thomas.
Provided by the Indiana Academy of Science.

Field Trip Pricing


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


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

New 2018-2019 school programs coming soon!

Minimum of 15 or $60 fee.

Educational Theater

Educational Theater options are available for all ages. 

Minimum of 30 or $120 fee


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 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 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.

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, 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.