Field Trips

Experience interdisciplinary Texas.

Explore history, science, language arts, ESL, the arts, and many other stories of Texas through the Bullock Museum's field trip program.

Plan Your Field Trip

What do you want to do and see when you get here?

With three floors of exhibitions including two rotating exhibition galleries and two theaters, there is something for every grade level and subject area.

Bring your students on a learning expedition at the Museum to spark curiosity, practice close-looking skills, and enhance classroom learning. Museum Education staff members are happy to help plan your field trip and can suggest itineraries based on your needs. Download our TEKS-aligned exhibition and film activity guides to use at the Museum and curriculum resources to use in your classroom. You'll find great suggestions to tie your Museum experiences to classroom activities.  

Be sure to make a plan to eat lunch at the covered outside seating areas or on the bus during inclement weather. The Star Cafe offers group lunch orders that can be delivered to you when it is time to eat. Add in a visit to the Museum Store to shop for souvenirs and classroom resources. Join the Educator Rewards Program to earn credit when your students shop.

Make a Reservation

Reservations for the 2022–2023 school year can be made for the full year. Consider planning a trip to the Museum in the fall, as schedules fill quickly in the spring. 

We suggest a 3-hour visitation window to the Museum and can help you plan your time in the Museum.

Arrival Departure
10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

We require a ratio of 1 chaperone to 10 students. To ensure that your group's chaperones will be able to participate in the field trip, please include their numbers when making your reservation.

Please note there is no bus parking near the Museum; the bus will need to leave the downtown Capitol Complex area after drop off. Your bus driver will not be able to serve as a chaperone or lead field trip contact during the Museum field trip. See route map for details.

To make a reservation, please have the following information handy:

  • school/organization name, contact information, district, and grade level
  • lead field trip contact's name, phone number, and email address
  • preferred and alternate dates and arrival times for visit
  • estimated number of students/youth, teachers, and chaperones (1 adult per 10 students/youth)
  • any special needs
  • lunch plans (plan to bring lunch or order from The Star Cafe and eat outside on picnic tables or on the bus).

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 reservations@thestoryoftexas.com or call the Teacher Hotline at (512) 463-6712 for more information.

Field Trip Rates

School Field Trip Rate applies to public schools, private schools, charter schools, and homeschool organizations. 

To receive this rate:

  • there must at least 10 students and no more than 150 in your group (including students, teachers, and chaperones)
  • reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance

To reserve your visit:

  • the teacher who will be leading the field trip should make the reservation
  • plan for at least 1 teacher/chaperone for every 10 students.
  Exhibitions - 3 floors
30 mins/floor
IMAX® Theatre
45 mins
Texas Spirit Theater:
Star of Destiny
15 mins
Texas Spirit Theater:
Shipwrecked
30 mins
Student FREE $5 $4 $4
Teacher FREE $6 $5 $5
Chaperone $12 $8 $6 $6

Youth Field Trip Rate applies to daycares, educational organizations, and camps.

To receive this rate:

  • there must at least 10 youth and no more than 150 in your group (including youth and adults)
  • reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance

To reserve your visit:

  • the lead contact who will be leading the field trip should make the reservation
  • plan for at least 1 chaperone for every 10 youth
  Exhibitions - 3 floors
30 mins/floor
IMAX® Theatre
45 mins
Texas Spirit Theater:
Star of Destiny
15 mins
Texas Spirit Theater:
Shipwrecked
30 mins
Under 18 Youth $5 $5 $4 $4
Over 18 Adult $12 $8 $6 $6

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.

Scholarships are currently available for Texas Spirit Theater films, The Star of Destiny and Shipwrecked, and IMAX® films, Wings Over Water, and The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness.

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.

Experience Films

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. Check out the Educator Guides for the films to use in your classroom.

In the multi-sensory 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. Out of an abundance of caution, some effects that interact with the audience have been made inactive, but there are still plenty of multi-sensory effects to enjoy. Check the film schedule for dates and showtimes.

Science and history TEKS have never been so fun!

Special Days for Students

American Indian Heritage Day

This annual event is held on the last Friday in September. 

Each year, the Bullock Museum celebrates the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to Texas.

Save the date! The 10th Annual American Indian Heritage Day is Friday, September 30, 2022

The day will feature a range of activities with dancing and drumming performances and interactive experiences for school groups at the Museum, as well as on-demand digital resources that you can use to celebrate virtually at home or at school.

To attend the in-person event at the Museum, be sure to book your Field Trip reservation to this FREE program. Space is limited, so sign up early. 

Science Thursdays

Select Thursdays
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Discover the science of the Story of Texas! 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.

2022–2023 dates: October 6, November 3, December 1, January 12, February 2, March 9, April 6, May 4

School Field Trips presented by The John M. O'Quinn Foundation.

School Programs are generously funded by Featured Sponsor The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation and contributing sponsor The Honorable Kent R. Hance.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.