Experience interdisciplinary Texas.
Explore history, science, language arts, ESL, the arts, and many other stories of Texas through the Bullock Museum's school field trip program.
Plan Your Field Trip
What do you want to do and see when you get here?
The Bullock Museum’s school tour program invites teachers and students from across the state and beyond to explore the history, culture and science of Texas past and present, and to inspire thought about what lies in the future. With three floors of exhibitions including two special exhibition galleries, two theaters, volunteer-led conversation carts, and a variety of Student Special Event days, there is something for every grade level and subject area.
Museum education staff members are happy to help plan your field trip and can suggest itineraries based on your needs. Download our TEKS-aligned curriculum resources, exhibition and film activity guides, lesson plans, and additional resources. You'll find great suggestions to tie your Museum experiences to classroom activities.
Please note: The portion of the first-floor Texas History Gallery covering American Indians, early Texas colonization, and westward expansion content is unavailable. The first-floor Texas History Gallery is currently undergoing renovation to provide a new interpretive approach to the encounters between the French, Spanish, and regional American Indians. During renovations, students can explore the early history of Texas through the story of French exploration in the Museum’s new installation featuring the 17th-century French ship La Belle.
Gather a Group
To receive the Museum's school group price, make sure:
- there are at least 10 students of similar age, grades K-12, in your group;
- you are enrolled in an educational institution or are a home school organization;
- you make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance; and
- there is at least one teacher/chaperone for every 10 students.
|Exhibitions - 3 floors
|Texas Spirit Theater:
Star of Destiny
|Texas Spirit Theater:
Visiting the Bullock Texas State History Museum is always my 1st graders' favorite field trip! The whole museum is interactive and fun for all ages. Texas teacher
Make a Reservation
If possible, plan a trip to the museum for the fall semester. Reservation schedules fill up quickly in the spring.
To make a reservation, please have the following information handy:
- school name, contact information, district, and grade level
- lead teacher's name, phone number, and email address
- preferred and alternate dates and arrival times for visit
- estimated number of students, teachers, and chaperones (1 adult per 10 students)
- any special needs
- lunch plans (Consider ordering from the Story of Texas Café. Or, plan to bring your lunch and eat outside on picnic tables or on the bus.)
Submit reservations at least two weeks before your ideal date. A reservation specialist will review the information and send an email confirming exhibition entry and theater times. If first choice selections are not available, a specialist will contact you about alternative options.
Please note: Confirmation is communicated via email within a week of submitting a reservation. If, after a week, you do not receive confirmation, first check spam or junk folders then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Teacher Hotline at (512) 463-6712 for more information.
Come in Advance
Try out your lesson plans, find the best exhibition stops, and check out film options before your trip.
If you're an educator and you'd like a pre-trip Educator Preview Visit, we'll waive your exhibition admission when you arrive. Just show your school ID badge at the ticketing counter and tell the staff member that you are here to plan a field trip. You can also explore current and upcoming exhibitions and events and peruse the Artifact Gallery online.
Don't just see films—experience them.
Sit in the huge IMAX® Theatre in front of the biggest screen in Texas and become part of stunning giant-screen documentaries about distant countries, space, oceans, animals, and many other amazing places and events.
In the multimedia, 4D special effects Texas Spirit Theater, watch as Texas history steps out on stage in The Star of Destiny, an epic saga about Texas's past, present, and future. Or, experience the story of La Belle as seen through the eyes of a young colonist in Shipwrecked.
Science and history TEKS have never been so fun!
Apply for Scholarships
Scholarships provide free admission to films.
Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis to groups demonstrating need and meeting reservation criteria. Please complete our online reservation form and indicate your interest in applying. Our scholarship coordinator will follow up to complete the application process.
Special Days for Students
American Indian Heritage Day
September 30, 2016
Join us to celebrate the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to Texas. Experience dancing and drumming performances, and interactive, hands-on activities for school groups.
Living History Days
First Thursdays of the Month
Meet costumed Museum volunteers interpreting a character from Texas history every first Thursday of the month. Travel through the Museum exhibitions, stop for a chat, and hear stories of what Texas was like in days past.
2016-2017 dates: October 6, November 3, December 1, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1
Select Thursdays each Month
Explore the Bullock Museum, see demonstrations, and participate in hands-on activities with STEM experts from Central Texas Discover Engineering at drop-in activity stations.
2016-2017 dates: October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 9, April 20, May 18
Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.