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SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS

Reservations for all field trips can be submitted by filling out the below form or e-mailing education@emuseum.org

FIELD TRIP FAQ

How do I schedule a field trip?

Reservations for all field trips can be submitted by filling out the below form or e-mailing education@emuseum.org. The Evansville Museum’s Curator of Education will work with you to create a custom schedule to meet your educational needs.

When are field trips scheduled?

Most field trips are scheduled Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM. If your group requires a different time frame, please contact the Curator of Education to set up a customized visit.

How long are the field trips?

Most field trips consist of one to two programs and one theater show. The entire field trip usually lasts about 3 hours, from 9 AM to 12 PM.

How far out should I schedule a field trip?

Field trips can be scheduled up to a year in advance. It is recommended that you schedule your field trip two to three months in advance of your desired visit date. All field trip details must be finalized at least two weeks prior to your visit date.

How many students can I bring?

Field trips require a minimum of 10 students and can accommodate a maximum of 90 students at a time. For a groups of 90 students and over, please contact education@emuseum.org to learn about options for your group.

FIELD TRIP PROGRAMS

Download a PDF of Field Trip Options here.

Museum Highlights Tour (All ages)

During the Highlights Tour, your Docent guide will lead you on overview tour of the Evansville Museum. During this fast-paced, 45 minute tour you will be able to explore the Museum’s permanent galleries. Pick THREE out of the FOUR galleries: 

  • Hands-on Science: Explore and play in the hands-on science exhibits

  • Anthropology: Discover our ancestors in the Humankind Gallery

  • History: Travel back in time and take a walk through Rivertown, USA

  • Art: Look closely and learn about the artwork on display

EMTRAC – Evansville Museum Transportation Center (All ages)

Discover the history of transportation in Evansville! Students learn about early river and rail travel and the development of street transportation and aviation in Evansville. Highlights include a model railroad vignette and the Evansville Museum train, a real beauty comprised of a 1908 steam engine, 1926 club car, and circa 1900 caboose. This 45-minute tour includes the entire Museum Transportation Center and train. Note: The train is not handicap-accessible. If this is a concern, please contact the Museum Curator to discuss options for your group.

First Look (Grades Pre-K – 1)

Join Gabby the puppet on a fun Museum introduction tour that gives young students their first look at fine arts, history displays and exhibits featuring science. 

Time Travel Tour (Grades 1 – 2)

1st and 2nd grade students will travel back in time to discover pioneer life and learn how the founders and first settlers of our community lived. This interactive tour will have students exploring Museum artifacts and exhibits, learning about pioneer life and meeting one of the region’s most famous pioneers, Abraham Lincoln. 

Arts Alive (Grades 3 – 8)

Guests will experience the Evansville Museum's art collections through a variety of hands-on and interactive activities. They will be encouraged to look, listen, compare, examine, evaluate, and imagine! This fun non-traditional tour can be customized to suit specific interests or grade-level academic standards. 

Mystery at the Museum (Aligned to Indiana State: the Nature of Science Process Standards for Grades 3 – 5)

In this hands-on workshop, students will use the scientific method to discover the culprit behind the mystery of the missing cheese doodles! Students will analyze ink samples and handwriting and study fingerprints in this engaging and silly program. 

Native American ARTifacts (Aligned to Indiana State Standards for 5th Grade)

Students learn about North and Meso-American cultures in this program through examples of their art and by exploring the Museum’s Humankind Gallery. Critical thinking helps participants students relate works of art to the characteristics of each culture.

Shark Detective (Aligned to Indiana State Standards for 5th & 6th Grade)

Did you know that the Evansville Museum has two resident shark puppets? Their names are Reggie and Regina and they need the help of 5th and 6th grade students to solve a mystery. During this fun, silly and hands-on program, students will practice developing and communicating evidence-based arguments to convince their classmates of the identity of the culprit behind the mystery. Students won’t even realize they are practicing their Science and Engineering Process Standards while they are being Shark Detectives!

Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Egypt (Grades 4 – 7)

This program, designed for grades 4 and up, gives students a first-hand look at one of the greatest wonders of the world: mummification. Many cultures practiced mummification besides the Egyptians, including the Aztecs, Incas, Chinese, and Japanese. Students will explore the myths and truths about ancient Egyptian culture and witness the mummification of EMASHOTEP, an ancient Egyptian Royal.

FIELD TRIP THEATER PROGRAMS

For Younger Children

One World, One Sky

Perfect Little Planet

Space Shows

Skies Over Evansville

Our live, customizable planetarium show that discusses the constellations in the night sky

Solar System Tour

Our live, customizable planetarium show that takes viewers on a tour of the solar system.  

From the Earth to the Universe

Space Next

The Hot and Energetic Universe

Nature Shows

Dinosaurs at Dusk 

Dark Matter Mystery 

Special Themed Shows

Sunstruck 

Microcosm

Let it Snow

FIELD TRIP PRICING

EVSC students receive a discount of $1 per student on the package price.

There is no charge for teachers or chaperones to attend the Museum as part of package, except where noted.

Movie Package

  • 1 Film in the Koch Immersive Theater & Planetarium (approx. 45 minutes).

  • Min 15 students. Max 65 students.

  • $4 per student

Program Package

  • 1 Docent-led program

  • This is an approximate 1 hour experience.

  • Depending on the docent-led program selected, this would be approximately min 15 students and max 30 students.

  • $3 per student

Movie + Program Package

  • 1 Film in the Koch Immersive Theater and 1 Docent-led program.

  • This is an approximate 2 hour experience.

  • Depending on the docent-led program selected, this would be approximately min 15 students and max 40 students.

  • $6 per student

Half-Day Experience (our most popular option!)

  • 1 Film in the Koch Immersive Theater and 2 Docent-led Programs.

  • This is an approximate 3 hour experience.

  • Depending on the docent-led program selected, this would be approximately min. 15 students and max. 75 students. To see if we can accommodate your larger group, please contact the Museum’s education department at education@emuseum.org

  • $7 per student

Free Exploration of the Museum

  • High School classes and College classes may prefer to explore the Museum on their own during normal museum hours. These groups receive Museum admission at $2 per student. They may also choose to purchase theater tickets at $4 per student.

Scout Groups

  • Scouts, Scout parents and Scout siblings may explore the Museum on their own by purchasing Museum admission. They receive a discount of $2 per person.

 

ACCESSIBILITY

The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is committed to providing programming that is accessible to the widest possible audience. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our programs, facilities and website, and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum Reception Desk, and motorized wheelchairs are permitted. Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible. If you need an accommodation, please contact us or call (812) 425-2406.

Currently, the train exhibit in EMTRAC is not wheelchair accessible. If this is a concern any member(s) of your group, please contact the Museum before your visit. We are happy to work with you on alerting the program to fit your group’s accessibility needs.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Bring the Museum into your classroom! Outreach programs include 45-minute interactive presentations brought to your school by Museum Docents. These programs can be a great complement to a Museum visit, or perfect for those who are unable to visit the Museum. Cost for Outreach programs is $2 per person for all schools. Outreach programs are also available to local organizations at a cost of $2 per person.

Mystery at the Museum (Aligned to Indiana State: the Nature of Science Process Standards for Grades 3 – 5)

In this hands-on workshop, students use a scientific method to discover the culprit behind the mystery of the missing cheese doodles! Participants analyze ink samples and handwriting, study fingerprints and more in this engaging and silly program.

Shark Detective (Aligned to Indiana State Standards for 5th & 6th Grade)

Did you know that the Evansville Museum has two resident shark puppets? Their names are Reggie and Regina and they need the help of 5th and 6th grade students to solve a mystery. During this fun, silly and hands-on program, students will practice developing and communicating evidence-based arguments to convince their classmates of the identity of the culprit behind the mystery. Students won’t even realize they are practicing their Science and Engineering Process Standards while they are being Shark Detectives!

Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Egypt (Grades 4 − 7)

Designed for grades 4 and up, this program gives students a first-hand look at one of the greatest wonders of the world: mummification. Many cultures besides the Egyptians once practiced mummification, including the Aztecs, Incas, Chinese and Japanese. Students will explore the myths and truths about ancient Egyptian culture and witness the mummification of EMASHOTEP, an ancient Egyptian Royal.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

Virtual Tours through the Toyota Interactive Museum Experience Project

Visit the Museum from the comfort of your home, classroom or smartphone!

The TIME Project features videos during which Museum docents, curators and visiting artists discuss works of art or historical artifacts.

The videos can be enjoyed online here or in the Museum galleries by scanning QR codes with a smart device. Smart devices are available to borrow at the Museum’s welcome desk (with a valid ID).

The TIME project was made possible thanks to a $30,000 grant awarded by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana and a partnership between the Evansville Museum, Ivy Tech Community College, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center.

The Evansville Museum would appreciate feedback on your use of the TIME Project. Please consider taking one of our surveys.

Guest Survey (visiting online or at the Museum)

Educator Survey

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

 

Alcoa Foundation Outdoor Classroom Education Kits

The Outdoor Classroom is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Alcoa Foundation. Designed as both a teaching space and as entrance to the Evansville Museum’s Eykamp Pavilion, the Alcoa Foundation Outdoor Classroom highlights the variety and beauty of nine species of plants that are native to Indiana.

As part of the grant provided by the Alcoa Foundation, the Outdoor Classroom is now accessible in your classroom, scout meeting or home school group! Four outreach kits, developed around the core subjects of art, history and science, are available to be borrowed for free by educators.

You can learn more here.

To borrow one or all of the Alcoa Foundation Outdoor Classroom Education Kits, please e-mail education@emuseum.org.