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.

2021–2022 Field Trips

We monitor community conditions and continue to implement recommended safety guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

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

Reservations can be made for field trips for the entire 2021–2022 school year.

  • The Bullock Museum's hours have changed. The Museum is open to the public Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m–5:00 p.m.
  • As part of our safety procedures, we will be limiting group size maximum (including teachers, students, and chaperones) to 150 people.
  • 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.
  • If possible, we highly recommend paying for chaperones through your reservation. If chaperones are paying separately, we suggest they pre-purchase their exhibit and film tickets to expedite the check-in process.
  • Groups will have a three-hour window to visit the museum; with only one school group reservation per window. The arrival and departure times are: 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.
  • The Texas Spirit Theater will screen Shipwrecked and The Star of Destiny with limited multi-sensory effects. Be sure to check the film schedule when planning your visit.
  • The Story of Texas Café is currently closed.
  • 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.

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

Reservations for the 2021–2022 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. 

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. Check the film schedule for dates and showtimes.

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 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! The 9th Annual American Indian Heritage Day is Friday, September 24, 2021. 

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. For more information, visit here.

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 dates: January 20, February 17, March 24, April 28, May 19

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, Supporting Sponsors EOG Resources, Inc. and The William Stamps Farish Fund, and Contributing Sponsors the Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation.

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.