Field Trips

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 field trip 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 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.  

Gather a Group

School Field Trip Rate: For public schools, private schools, charter schools, and homeschool organizations. To receive this rate, make sure: 

  • there are at least 10 students in your group;
  • the teacher who will be leading the field trip makes the reservation
  • you make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance; and
  • there is at least 1 teacher/chaperone for every 10 students
  Exhibitions - 3 floors
45 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: For daycares, educational organizations, and camps. To receive this rate, make sure:  

  • there are at least 10 youth in your group;
  • the lead contact who will be leading the field trip makes the reservation;
  • you make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance; and
  • there is at least 1 chaperone for every 10 youth
  Exhibitions - 3 floors
45 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

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/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 eat outside on picnic tables or on the bus. Click here for group lunch ordering options.)

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 reservations@thestoryoftexas.com 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.

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.

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.

Scholarships are currently available for Texas Spirit Theater presentations, The Star of Destiny and Shipwrecked.

Special Days for Students

American Indian Heritage Day

September 27, 2019
9:00am-2:00pm

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
10:00am-1:30pm

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.

2019-2020 dates: October 3, November 7, December 5, February 6, March 5, April 2, May 7

Science Thursdays

Select Thursdays each Month
10:00am-1:30pm

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.

2019-2020 dates: October 17, November 21, December  19, January 16, February 20, March 12, April 16, May 21

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

School Programs are generously funded by Supporting Sponsors Joan and Bruce Blakemore, The Honorable Kent R. Hance, Frost Bank, The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation, and The William Stamps Farish Fund; and Contributing Sponsors The Burdine Johnson Foundation and Carla and Brad Moran.

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