Every Student Initiative

In an average year, 6,500 students and chaperones visit the Evansville Museum on a school field trip. During their visits, children can view the works on art on display, solve scientific mysteries, mummify the Museum’s teaching mummy, climb onto the train, play in the hands-on science area, travel back in time or experience the night sky in the Koch Immersive Theater. These field trip program options are designed to complement the classroom learning experience, and they are a big hit with both teachers and students.

“Our Kindergarten group visited the museum to wrap up their science study of the sky, weather and seasons. I love that our kids get to see a show in the Koch Immersive Theater and hearing them ohhh and awww when they see the stars. It is nice that the museum has a variety of experiences for our young learners.”“The trips to the Evansville Museum result in 100% engagement for our students, and it’s one of their favorite trips of the year!”“Our Summer Program has been visiting the Evansville Museum every summer for as long as I can remember, it provides a great and fun learning experience for the children in our program.”“Evansville is so fortunate to have such a high-tech planetarium. It brings to life the immense universe in an understandable way.” Schools bringing students to the Museum on field trips are charged a reduced admission fee. However, there are some schools unable to afford this modest fee; and often teachers pay out of pocket to make this educational experience possible for their students. 

In November, the Museum introduced a new scholarship opportunity at the Museum Ball. Over $17,000 was raised that evening toward the project. Called the Every Student Initiative, and modeled after a similar program at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, this scholarship program aims to make a visit to the Evansville Museum affordable for every student in the Tri-State. Schools may apply for reduced or free admission for field trip visits by contacting the Education department at (812) 425-2406, ext. 226.

In the first six weeks of the program, 165 students and 18 chaperones have benefitted from the Every Student Initiative. “Due to the generosity of the Evansville Museum’s scholarship donors, Caze Elementary 2nd and 3rd grade students were able to attend a fantastic field trip for free. We are thankful to everyone who made this possible!” Samantha Potts, Teacher.To make a contribution to the Every Student Initiative, please contact Director of Development Lesley Groves at development@emuseum.org.