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.

COVID-19 Information

Out of concern for our visitors and staff due to the spread of COVID-19, the Bullock Museum and IMAX Theatre will be temporarily closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17.

As we monitor the situation regarding COVID-19, we will share any updates to our offerings as they arise. For questions about upcoming scheduled visits, please contact or call the Teacher Hotline at (512) 463-6712.

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. Hear from other educators in this video about the benefits of taking a field trip to the Bullock Museum.

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:
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:
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 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

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. Experience dancing and drumming performances, and interactive, hands-on activities for school groups.

Save the date! The next American Indian Heritage Day will be on September 25, 2020. Reservations will open on August 1, 2020, so be sure to visit the website and make your reservations early. This event fills up quickly.

Click here for more information about last year's event.

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.

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

Science Thursdays

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.

2019-2020 dates: October 17, November 21, December 19 (cancelled), January 16, February 20, March 12, April 16, May 14. 

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

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

School Programs are generously funded by Supporting Sponsors The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation, The Honorable Kent R. Hance, and The William Stamps Farish Fund along with Contributing Sponsor The Burdine Johnson Foundation.