Student & Youth Field Trips
Enjoy a self-guided visit with supplemental exhibit material provided by the museum to encourage young visitors to learn about Iowa history.
All visit requests will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis. Visits are not considered booked until you receive a confirmation email from a museum team member. Also, the State Historical Museum of Iowa is unable to guarantee the first date and time request will be available for visiting groups, especially during the spring months.
Student and youth group visits are limited to 100 participants (excluding leaders and chaperones). If you have more than 100 participants, you may opt to split your larger group into multiple smaller groups.
Adult chaperones are responsible for supervising young visitors at all times while at the museum. One chaperone is required for every 8-10 youth (ages 17 years old and younger).
An aged-based visit length is pre-determined to ensure young visitors remain engaged during the entirely of the visit. Use this guide to determine the length of your visit. If your group has multiple age ranges, select the age of the youngest attendees to determine your visit length.
|Ages 3-8||Preschool-2nd Grade||60 minutes|
|Ages 9-14||3rd-8th Grade||90 minutes|
|Ages 15-18||9th-12th Grade||90-120 minutes
(120 minutes works best with small, topic-focused groups)
Lunch Space Requests
When submitting a visit request, lunch times are 30 minutes and must be included within the total visit length. Lunch time cannot be requested after the group’s departure time. For example, if your group of 10 year olds (90 minutes total) requests to each lunch at the museum, you would have 60 minutes of museum time with 30 minutes for lunch, for a total of 90 minutes.
Museum Exhibit Guide
The State Historical Museum of Iowa has developed in-depth museum exhibit guides to help enhance your group's visit to the museum. Inside the guide are exhibit maps, interesting fast facts, must-see artifact spotlights and in-depth discussion questions to ensure your group learns the full story of each exhibit. Laminated copies of the Museum Exhibit Guide will be provided and distributed to your group upon arrival at the museum.