The California Museum’s education programs and field trip tours offer engaging, interactive learning opportunities for K-12 grade students corresponding with exhibits on the state’s history, arts and culture of diversity for 50,000 participants each year.
Aligned with History-Social Science, Common Core English Language Arts, Civics outcomes and CASEL Core Social-Emotional Learning Competencies, all programming includes lesson plans, activity sheets and free teacher admission, plus reduced student and chaperone admission starting at $3.50 each.
Available for classes of 30 or more Tuesday through Friday by advance reservation, current programs include:
Offering the best value on discounted student and chaperone admission, the Standard Field Trip Tour provides class groups of 30 or more a brief welcome and introduction on California’s constitution, along with the opportunity to explore the Museum at the group’s leisure.
Ideal for 4th grade classes learning the history of their home state, the 31st Star Field Trip Tour highlights the major events in California’s transition from a Mexican territory to becoming the thirty-first star on the U.S. flag, including the Bear Flag Revolt and California Republic.
Includes pre- and post-visit curriculum and 25-minute docent-led classroom program on California’s journey to U.S. statehood, followed by completion of an activity sheet on a self-guided tour of “31st Star” and current exhibits, plus a Bear Flag Kit for each student to assemble back in the classroom. Aligned with 3rd-5th grade History-Social Science and Common Core ELA.
*To receive discounted admission, reservations for a minimum of 30 paid participants are required and must be made a minimum of 7 days in advance. Groups with less than 30 participants subject to $180.00 flat rate. For details, visit Reservation Policies.
Featuring social-emotional learning curriculum, the ABCs of Unity Field Trip Tour is designed to teach participants how to have empathy for others and create positive change in their communities, while increasing student confidence, inspiring activism and combating bullying.
The California Missions Field Trip Tour chronicles the history of the 21 outposts founded by missionaries along the El Camino Real, providing students with a comprehensive overview of the state’s transformation from a Spanish outpost to a thriving frontier on the verge of U.S. statehood.
The California Trilogy Field Trip Tour offers participants with a uniquely entertaining way to examine the state’s past, present and future in a single outing. With combined admission to the Museum, State Capitol and Esquire IMAX® Theatre, it’s the ultimate California experience.
Includes pre- and post-visit curriculum and completion of an activity sheet on self-guided California Museum and State Capitol tours, followed by “Adventures in Wild California” (2000) IMAX® screening. Aligned with 3rd-5th grade History-Social Science and Common Core ELA.
*To receive discounted admission at all 3 venues, reservations are required for a minimum of 30 paid participants and must be made a minimum of 7 days in advance. Groups with less than 30 paidparticipants subject to a flat rate determined by total of Student, Chaperone and Teacher admission. For details, visit Reservation Policies.
Exploring citizenship, constitutionality and redress, the Time of Remembrance Field Trip Tour brings a pivotal chapter of history to life for students through the first-hand accounts of Japanese American docents who experienced life behind barbed wire during WWII.
Includes pre- and post-visit curriculum and 30-minute docent-led interactive program on Japanese American incarceration, followed by completion of an activity sheet on a guided tour of “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII.” Aligned with 5th, 8th & 11th grade History-Social Science and Common Core ELA.
*To receive discounted admission, reservations are required for a minimum of 30 paid participants and must be made a minimum of 7 days in advance. Groups with less than 30 participants subject to $180.00 flat rate. For details, visit Reservation Policies.
Featuring social-emotional learning curriculum for middle and high school students, the Unity Starts With Me Field Trip Tour is designed to increase student comprehension and engagement in civics, democracy and activism.