Field Trips

    Visit the State Historical Museum of Iowa with your school or group. The museum's Field Trip Program allows you the freedom of a self-guided visit with supplemental exhibit material provided to encourage students to understand more about Iowa history.

    The Field Trip Program is entirely facilitated by adult group leaders, works best if the groups are small, teachers have prepared activities, and communicated goals with their students and chaperones prior to arrival at the museum.

    Field Trip Guide

    Please look through the State Historical Museum of Iowa Field Trip Guide for more information regarding field trip policies, parking/bus information, and supplemental educational materials.

    Visit Length

    • Preschool: 60 minutes
    • K-6 Grade: 60-90 minutes
    • 7-12 Grade: 90-120 minutes
    • If adding a 30-minute lunch period, please do not exceed the recommended visit length. Lunches are scheduled on the online registration form.

    Group Size

    • 90 students maximum (excluding educators and chaperones)
    • Ask us how you can split your visit between other cultural destinations in the area.


    After reading the State Historical Museum of Iowa Field Trip Guide, please register your group visit at least two weeks in advance via the online registration form.

    History Alive!

    "History Alive!" is an interactive and multi-disciplinary program for students in upper elementary through high school and is offered in the fall and spring of each school year. The program highlights Iowa’s history in relation to larger history topics through dynamic programming, workshops and activities. "History Alive!" connects to the Iowa Core in many subject areas, but specifically to Social Studies and Literacy.