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 a free science-based school program, thanks to funding provided by the Indiana Academy of Science. Those who qualify for free science programs may also receive free transportation. Complete the application and submit to Krystle Mangan, program and schedule manager, at 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

Museum admission is free for pre-registered, accredited schools or homeschool groups of ten or more Indiana 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 per person.

Afterschool Prices

We now offer a special field trip rate for afterschool programs! Visit the museum any time between 2:30 and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or during school-out holidays (excluding summer break) to receive the field trip admission rate of $4.95 per student (ages 3 – 17), two free staff, $9.95 per each additional adult chaperone, and free admission for for children younger than age 3. One adult is required for every ten students. 

Self-Guided Preschool and Day Care Prices

Self-guided preschools and day cares pay group admission.

Preschool Journeys

The Preschool Journeys program costs $6 per student, $6 per chaperone and is free for teachers. This amount includes the exhibit tour/program only and does not include admission to the entire museum. A 1:5 chaperone-child ratio is required.

Summer Camps

Summer camp programs pay group admission.


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

Engage in conversation with Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Say by participating 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 in the Indiana State Museum offers compelling documentaries on its giant IMAX® screens.
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

Add a Peewinkle's Puppet Show

This charming old-world style, 65-seat puppet theatre is located on the second floor of the Indiana State Museum. These captivating creative puppet shows offer a unique experience for school groups. Learn more >>


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.

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, 61,000 school trip visitors experienced a day at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites during the 2017-2018 school year.