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.

2020-2021 Field Trips

For the safety of our visitors and staff, the Bullock Museum has implemented new safety procedures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 using guidelines recommended by national, state, and local authorities. We will be welcoming field trip groups to the museum with a phased approach, so that your group will be able to have a safe, fun exploration of the museum. 

Many of our policies and protocols are changing for this school year. Please read through all our updates before filling out your reservation form.

For more details about new safety procedures at the museum, please visit Plan Your Visit.

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.

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.  

Important Notes for Field Trips This Year

  • The Bullock Museum's hours have changed. The Museum will be open to the public Wednesdays–Sundays, 10am–5pm.
  • Guests over age 10 will be required to wear masks at all times in the building, except when eating or drinking while seated in the IMAX Theatre. Museum staff will wear face masks while engaging with the public and other staff members.
  • To allow for proper social distancing, we will be limiting group size maximum (including teachers, students, and chaperones) to 50 people. We are asking that all tickets, including chaperones, be paid through the school's reservation. Our Reservation Specialist will discuss options with you.
  • Groups will have a two hour window to visit the museum; we are only accepting reservations for one school group per window. The arrival and departure times are: 10am–12pm, 12pm–2pm, 2pm–4pm.
  • The Texas Spirit Theater will screen Shipwrecked and The Star of Destiny Wednesday to Friday with limited multi-sensory effects. Be sure to check the updated film schedule when planning your visit.
  • The Story of Texas Café will remain closed through January 2, 2021. 
  • 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.

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

For the 2020-2021 school year, reservation blocks will be opening throughout the year. Make a note on your calendar for the date you are interested in, and submit the reservation form at that time.

 

Field Trips between October 19, 2020-December 31, 2020

Reservations are now open.
Field Trips between January 1, 2021-February 28, 2021 Reservations open on December 14, 2020
Field Trips between March 1, 2021-May 31, 2021 Reservations open on February 16, 2021
Field Trips between June 1, 2021-July 30, 2021 Reservations open on May 11, 2021

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.

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. 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. See below for more information on film dates and showtimes.

Science and history TEKS have never been so fun!

Texas Spirit Theater Wednesday–Friday
Star of Destiny 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Shipwrecked 12:30 p.m.
IMAX® Theatre Wednesday–Friday
Turtle Odyssey 12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Into America's Wild 2:00 p.m.

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.

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! This year the Bullock Museum will be hosting a VIRTUAL American Indian Heritage Day on September 25, 2020. The day will feature a range of virtual activities including dancing performances, interactive Distance Learning classes, storytelling, artmaking, and learning activities to explore at home or in school that celebrate the traditional and contemporary performance arts of Texas's American Indian groups.

Visit the calender event for more details.

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 Supporting Sponsor The Honorable Kent R. Hance.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.