Field Trips

Connect with History

The Sacramento History Museum offers a wide variety of educational programs for field trips.  All programs adhere to California Curriculum Standards for History Social Studies and Life Science. Also program pricing and general field trip information has been updated for the 2016-17 season. Due to the physical layout of the museum, programs can accommodate a maximum of 35 people at a time.  Underground Tours can only accommodate 25 people at a time.  Large groups can be accommodated by scheduling multiple programs or by rotating students through programs.

 

Have questions?

Please contact Zoey Jennings, the Education and Interpretive Programs Assistant, at 916-808-6896, or at zjennings@cityofsacramento.org.

 

Ready to schedule your Field Trip?

Download our Field Trip Request Form!  Please note that you can type directly into the Word Document.

The Sacramento History Alliance also provides scholarships to low income and Title 1 schools.  We are currently taking requests for the 2016-17 school season.  Scholarships are given on a first come first served basis.  Please download and return the completed Field Trip Scholarship Packet.

Please send completed forms to Me’Lisa James, the Education and Interpretive Programs Manager at mcjames@cityofsacramento.org.

You can also fax in completed forms to 916-264-5100, or mail them to 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814.

 

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Programs at the Sacramento History Museum

Museum Program

A Blast from the Past: Living History!

Learn Sacramento’s History From the Characters Who Lived It!  Meet an early Sacramento citizen and learn about daily life in the 1850s.

One hour program.  Recommended for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Museum Program

May Woolsey's Trunk - Participate in a History Mystery!

Open a Victorian-era trunk filled with clues and artifacts. Students will don their detective caps to discover the trunk’s owner, a young girl from the late 1800s.

One hour program.  Recommended for 1st and 2nd grade students.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Museum Program

Nisenan - California Indians of the Sacramento Region

Using hands-on artifacts, students get to know the earliest inhabitants of the area, the Nisenan.  Explore how they acquired food and building materials, prepared for ceremonies and rituals, and created a society that flourished for centuries.

One hour program.  Recommended for 3rd grade students.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Museum Program

The Gold Rush

Our most popular program!  Hear the tales of John Sutter, James Marshall and Sam Brannan during the California Gold Rush.  Students will also get a glimpse into our working Print Shop and learn about the life of a miner.  For a special treat, add on gold panning and let your students experience a miner’s life for themselves!

Winner of the 2014 Achievement in Education by the Sacramento County Historical Society

One hour program.  Recommended for 4th grade students.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Add-on Gold Panning (30 minute program)
Students:  $2 each; Teachers and Chaperones:  Free

Please note: We are no longer offering Wanted Posters for students.

Museum Program

Head West - Travel the Trail!

Why did thousands of pioneers risk their lives to make the overland journey to California?  Using stories and hands-on artifacts, students learn about life on the overland trail and go on their own westward journey.

Winner of the 2013 Oregon-California Trails Association Award

One hour program.  Recommended for 5th grade students.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Museum Program

Anchors Away - A Perilous Journey by Sea

What was sea navigation like and why was the journey so perilous?  Using maps of the travel routes, students compare and contrast the journey round Cape Horn and the Isthmus of Panama, learning about life on a ship, navigational terms, and more.

One hour program.  Recommended for 5th grade students.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Museum Program

California’s Agriculture - Discover California's True Gold!

Discover California’s true gold – Agriculture!  Learn about life on the farm and California’s rich agricultural history through artifacts and hands-on activities.

One hour program.  Recommended for 2nd grade students.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Museum Program

Lights! Camera! Gold!

A great introduction to the California Gold Rush, this program combines a short introductory film about Sacramento’s early years with a brief guided tour of the museum’s gold galleries.

One hour program.  Recommended for 3rd grade students and above.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Museum Program

All About Sacramento - Sacramento's History in Brief

Enjoy a brief 30 minute guided museum tour along with our short introductory film about Sacramento’s early years.

One hour program.  Recommended for students 3rd grade and above.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Museum Program

Museum Scavenger Hunt - Follow the Clues!

Created by our museum docents specifically for students, this scavenger hunt guides students to artifacts throughout the museum.  The scavenger hunt, clipboard, answer sheet, and pencil are all provided.

One hour program.  Recommended for grades K-12.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Museum Program

Guided Museum Tour - A Special Glimpse Inside the Sacramento History Museum

Take a guided tour and see the museum’s exhibits through the eyes of our docents.  This special tour will give visitors insights into our galleries and highlights specific artifacts.

One hour program.  Recommended for all ages.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Museum Program

Self-Guided Museum Tour - Artifacts, Exhibits, Interactives, Oh My!

For a self-guided class tour of the museum, simply walk through and enjoy the exhibits on your own.

Recommended for all ages.

Pricing
Students: $4 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $5 each

Express Museum Programs

Museum Express Program

Pan for Gold! - Miners-in-Training

Students learn how to pan for gold and other minerals, discover the difference between real gold and fool’s gold, and get to keep their loot!

30 minute program.  Recommended for all ages.

Pricing
Students: $2 each; Teachers and Chaperones: Free

*Please note, gold panning is for students only.

Museum Express Program

Historic Print Shop - Hear All About It!

See how newspapers were produced on our operational 1850s era hand press.

30 minute program.  Recommended for students 2nd grade and up.

Pricing
Print Shop Presentation only: $2 per student

Please Note: We are no longer offering Wanted Posters for students.

Museum Express Program

Rising Above Film - Sacramento's Early Years

Enjoy a brief film about Sacramento’s origins and its role in the California Gold Rush.

30 minute program.  Recommended for 3rd grade and above.

Pricing
Students: $2 each; Teachers and Chaperones: Free

Old Sacramento Programs and Tours

Old Sacramento Tour

Old Sacramento Underground Tour - It's Jacked Up!

Come see and learn how Sacramento lifted itself up out of the flood waters during the 1860s and 1870s!  Students explore two spaces that were created by the city’s successful raising process.  Explore how the streets and buildings were “Jacked Up” to avoid further flooding.

One hour tour.  Students must be 3rd grade and above to participate.

Tours can accommodate a maximum of 25 people per tour, including both students and adults.

Pricing
Students: $5 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $10 each

Old Sacramento Tour

The Gold Rush Experience Tour

A fascinating and entertaining tour in which students discover the Gold Rush amid the original and reconstructed backdrop of Historic Old Sacramento.

One hour tour.  Students must be 3rd grade and above to participate.

Tours can accommodate a maximum of 25 people per tour, including both students and adults.

Pricing
Students: $5 each; Teachers: Free; 1 free chaperone per 8 students; Additional chaperones: $10 each

Old Sacramento Program

Old Sacramento Scavenger Hunt - Hunting for History!

This self-guided scavenger hunt takes students throughout Old Sacramento and asks them to find historical landmarks, buildings, and markers.  Scavenger hunt, clipboard, and pencil are included.

One hour program.  Recommended for all ages.

Pricing
Students: $5 each; Teachers and Chaperones: Free

History in the Classroom

We can bring our educational programs to you! Each presentation is one hour in length and is adapted to a classroom format. Outreach programs employ similar hands-on activities, artifacts and curriculum as our traditional museum programming. Each program is designed to accommodate a maximum of 35 students. A complimentary pass to the Sacramento History Museum is included for each student.

History in the Classroom

Outreach Programs - Bringing History to You!

We offer the following programs in an outreach format:

  • Blast From the Past
  • May Woolsey’s Trunk
  • Nisenan – California Indians of the Sacramento Region
  • The Gold Rush
  • Head West
  • Anchors Away
  • California’s Agriculture

For program information, please read program descriptions under Museum Programs at the top of this page.

Outreach Pricing
One Presentation: $200; Each additional presentation: $50; Mileage outside of city of Sacramento: Varies

IMAX Partnership Program

IMAX and the Sacramento History Museum

Create Your Own Adventure - History Your Way!

Make the most of your field trip experience with this entertaining and flexible option.  Start your day at the IMAX Theatre and select from over ten educational film titles.  Films are shown at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m. Monday – Friday.  Then take a short walk or drive to Old Sacramento and enjoy any educational program or tour at the Sacramento History Museum.

Program times vary. Recommended for all ages.

Pricing for Sacramento History Museum portion of program
Varies per program

IMAX pricing
For more information, please visit the IMAX website.

Please note, IMAX and Sacramento History Museum will each bill you for programming.  Invoices must be paid separately.

General Field Trip Information

Payment Information

Payment in full is required on the day of the scheduled field trip or tour reservation.  An invoice for each reservation will be sent and will serve as confirmation of the field trip or tour reservation.  A late fee of $50 will be charged for past due accounts.  The Sacramento History Alliance accepts checks and all major credit cards and can take payment over the phone by calling the museum front desk line at (916) 808-7059 seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cancellations and Rescheduling

We require at least 72 hours notice in order to cancel or reschedule a program.  No refund will be given for notice of cancellation which is less than 72 hours.  If payment has not been received, you are still responsible for the full amount of the program, plus the $50 late fee for past due accounts.

Late Arrivals

If you are aware that you are going to be late for your scheduled program, we ask that you please call the museum front desk at (916) 808-7059.  Please note that program length may be adjusted due to late arrivals.  Late arrivals of more than 30 minutes may forfeit their scheduled program.  Full payment is due upon arrival.

Accessibility

The Sacramento History Museum is fully accessible to persons with disabilities.  All three levels can be reached by elevator.  Accessible restrooms and drinking fountains are located on the first floor.

Food and Drink

Food and drink are not allowed inside the Sacramento History Museum.  There is an outdoor picnic area as well as a large grassy area a short distance from the museum.  Student backpacks and lunches may be stored at the museum for the length of the program with prior notice.  Please note there is no refrigeration available.

Directions and Location

The Sacramento History Museum is located at the corner of Front and I Streets in Old Sacramento near the Sacramento Riverfront.  Please click here for driving directions.

Parking

A small number of limited term, metered parking spaces are available on the streets of Old Sacramento.  However, these spaces are not suitable for guests visiting longer than 90 minutes.  All-day parking is available in the large garage at the I Street entrance to Old Sacramento for a nominal fee.  School bus parking is available on a first come basis behind the California State Railroad Museum.  Additional bus parking is available at the California Automobile Museum located at 2200 Front Street.

Weather and Recommended Clothing

Many of our programs contain an outdoor component.  Summer and spring can be rather warm, while fall and winter tend to be cool.  We advise layered clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Ready to Make a Reservation?

Schedule a Field Trip

If you already have an idea of the programs and times you are interested in requesting, please click the Ready to Make a Reservation? button below.

If you have any questions or to make a reservation, please contact our Educational and Interpretive Programs Department.

Ready to Make a Reservation?

Zoey Jennings
Educational & Interpretive Programs Assistant
(916) 808-6896
zjennings@cityofsacramento.org

Me’Lisa James
Educational & Interpretive Programs Manager
(916) 808-4980
mcjames@cityofsacramento.org