Education

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Bring your class to the Michigan History Museum for fun and learning! Our field trip experiences and programs are an excellent supplement to your classroom instruction. See our current program offerings below, and check out our guide for planning your visit

General Tour

The general tour is a self-guided visit of the Michigan History Museum's permanent exhibits. Admission is $2 per student, with one teacher and up to five chaperones free. Additional adults are welcome to join at $4 per person. Plan approximately 90 minutes for your visit.

Reservations for general tours are made by calling Michigan Capitol Tour Services at 517-373-2353. Dates become available for making reservations one year in advance.

Guided Tours

A knowledgeable docent will lead your class through Michigan history, from the end of the last ice age through the mid-20th century. Guided tours last approximately 90-minutes. Admission is $5 per student, with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 students per tour. One teacher and up to five chaperones are free. Additional adults are welcome to join at $4 per person. 

Reservations for guided tours are made by calling the Michigan History Museum directly at 517-335-2581. Please be advised that all programs must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

Thematic Programs

Programs on several Michigan history topics are also available. Admission is $5 per student, with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 students per program. One teacher and up to five additional adults are free. Additional adults are $4 each.

For more information, or to schedule a program, please call 517-335-2581. Please be advised that all programs must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

BIG History

The Michigan History Museum can become your classroom for an entire week. 

Governor's Decision Room

This multiday, solution-based learning experience allows high school students to determine the best course of action for the governor using primary source materials from actual historical events. You and your students begin in your classroom where the background and context are presented through lessons from our course book. The final day of the experience takes place in the Governor's Decision Room, where students use once-confidential documents and media to process, develop and devise a real-life, real-time strategy to move forward. Then the governor presents the chosen course of action to the press.

Learn517 Homeschool Programs

The Michigan History Museum has teamed up with Impression 5 Science Center, REACH Studio Art Center and Woldumar Nature Center to offer dynamic learning environments where homeschoolers can explore monthly themes through the disciplines of art, science, nature and history. Each partner organization takes a turn hosting a Learn517 program for students aged 6 to 11 on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per student and $4 per adult. 

Field Trip Resources

Teacher Resources

Visit the Michigan History Center's website, SeekingMichigan.org, for all our educational materials.