School Field Trips
The museum welcomes school groups of all ages from public, private, and home-school environments. Preschool and university classes qualify for this program, as do groups such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and similar organizations.
Groups may plan several types of visits.
Teacher Led Visits
School groups scheduled in advance will be met by a member of the museum staff or a docent and provided with a brief introduction to the museum. The host will also show visiting groups the locations of storage cubbies, secure lockers, and restrooms. Groups are then free to explore exhibitions of their own choosing and at their own pace.
Docent Guided Visits
Teachers may request a guided tour as part of their visit. School tours are led by docents trained in helping students get the most out of their exhibition experience. With advance information our docents can tailor an age-appropriate tour around the subjects being studied in an individual classroom.
Teachers and group leaders interested in reinforcing classroom activities with a structured museum experience should request an interactive workshop when they make their field trip reservation.
We offer a two hour workshop which encourages students to explore the work done by curators, collection managers, and museum educators. Using historic objects and replicas, students learn how to conduct research projects, build interpretive skills, and apply critical thinking. Students spend time in exhibition galleries and museum classrooms during the workshop.
Reservations are required for this program, which is offered free of charge to all school groups. Classes are designed for grades 4 through 7. Pre- and post-visit materials are available.
Scheduling a School Field Trip
Teachers and group leaders interested in interactive workshops or structured experiences to reinforce classroom activities should discuss their interests and goals when they make their reservations.
To ensure that all students and adults in the group are admitted free of charge, trips must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Adults include teachers, accompanying parents, and chaperones. We recommend groups have at least one adult for every ten students. Adults will be charged regular admission if the group is not pre-scheduled. Students are admitted free.
To schedule a field trip, please contact our Education department. You will receive an email confirmation with information about your day at the museum.
Please note that the museum does not provide parking or a lunchroom. To ensure that staff or docents are available, please arrive at the museum on time.
In preparation for visits, we recommend watching “Moments in Time,“ an online series of documentaries on fifteen different historical subjects produced in partnership with New Mexico PBS, KNME-TV. Lesson plans are provided for each subject.