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Education

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.

FIELD TRIPS/GROUP TOURS

Important information for field trips:

  • Field trips/group visits are limited to a minimum of 10 visitor and MUST be pre-registered. Unscheduled group will not be admitted.
  • Group visits are available Monday - Thursday. Please note the museum is closed on all official state holidays and several other days during the year. Please see the holiday closing schedule for a complete list of closure dates.
  • Dates become available for reservations one year in advance (i.e. if you would like to bring your group on Oct. 7, 2024, the earliest date that you can make your reservation is Oct. 7, 2023). You can try to make reservations with shorter lead time, but be aware that dates fill up fast.
  • The museum does not allow teachers to bring in their own tour guides or program facilitators during general visits. If you are interested in a facilitated program, please book one of our guided tours and programs. 

Current field trip offerings:

The general visit is a self-guided tour of the museum's permanent exhibits. Plan approximately 90 minutes for the visit.

Admission:

  • $4 per student (age 6-17)
  • One teacher and one paraprofessional free
  • One chaperon for every 10 students free
  • Additional adults are welcomed to join at $8 per person

Booking:

  • To book a self-guided visit to the museum, call Capitol Tour Services at 517-373-2353. 
  • Many educators combine a visit to the museum with a tour of the Michigan State Capitol building. To make the booking process for both locations easy, we have partnered with the Capitol Tour Service, where teachers can schedule both visits at in one place. 

Typically, arrivals are scheduled every 15 minutes, in class size groupings. If several classrooms from the same school plan to visit together, arrival time may be staggered to avoid overcrowding in the museum.

Please be advised that the museum is busiest during the spring. We encourage teachers and other group leaders to plan your visit for other times of the year when your group can get the most out of the museum experience.

Teachers are allowed and encouraged to create activities for the students to complete during their visit. Please be advised that the exhibitions and artifacts on display change seasonally and may affect teacher-created materials. Teachers who wish to visit the museum to develop materials before their class visit may do so free of charge by contacting our Visitor Services team at 517-335-2581. 

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A knowledgeable volunteer docent will lead your class through Michigan history, from the end of the last ice age through the mid 20th century. The tour pays particular attention to Michigan's Anishinaabe people through the Statehood era. The tour meets Michigan social studies learning standards. Guided tours are limited to a minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 students, and last approximately 90 minutes.

Admission:

  • $7 per student
  • one teacher and paraprofessionals free
  • one chaperon for every 10 students free
  • Additional adults are welcomed to join at $8 per person
  • Paid programs for adult groups are available for $9 per person

Booking:

  • Reservations for guided tours are made by calling the Michigan History Museum directly at 517-335-2581. All programs must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.
  • For schools looking to bring several classrooms to the museum, please be advised that we can only accommodate two guided tours each day. 
  • Payment is due the date of the tour. The museum accepts cash, checks (payable to “State of Michigan") and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover only). If paying by check, please bring only the amount you owe. We are unable to process refunds on site. If an invoice is needed please request one when booking your program, as invoices are not automatically generated.

Visit our preparing for your field trip page for more information on museum amenities and rules.

Updated 08/30/2021

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Help with field trip costs

Teachers have asked us for information about how to get help with covering the costs of field trips to the Michigan History Museum. We've learned of the following.

  • Target field trip grants
  • Schools often are able to get grants through local service organizations (such as Lions and Rotary clubs), local businesses and local foundations that want to make sure that their efforts directly support students in their communities.

Teacher Resources

Visit the Michigan History Center's Michiganology website for all our educational materials.

Updated 09/01/2021