Field TripsConnect with History
The Sacramento History Museum offers a variety of educational programs for field trips. All programming adheres to California Curriculum Standards.
We will begin processing field trips for the 2018-2019 school year in August.
Pricing and general field trip information has been updated as follows:
Hour-long programs in the museum, cannot exceed 35 people per program
$75 for groups of 10 to 19 students – includes free teacher and 2 free chaperones
$120 for groups of 20 to 30 students – includes free teacher and 4 free chaperones
Additional students $4 each
Additional chaperones, $5 each
GOLD RUSH PROGRAMS
90-minute programs – includes 30 minutes of gold panning, cannot exceed 35 people per program.
$110 for groups of 10 to 19 students – includes free teacher and 2 free chaperones
$180 for groups of 20 to 30 students – includes free teacher and 4 free chaperones
Additional students $6 each
Additional chaperones $5 each
UNDERGROUND AND GOLD FEVER! TOURS
Hour-long tours in the Historic District, cannot exceed 25 people per tour.
$50 for groups of 10 students – includes free teacher and 1 free chaperone
$100 for groups of 20 students – includes free teacher and 2 free chaperones
Additional students $5 each
Additional chaperones $10 each
Print Shop and Gold Panning – 30-minute programs Print Shop – cannot exceed 35 people per program
$35 for 10 to 19 students – includes free teacher and 2 free chaperones
$60 for 20-30 students – includes free teacher and 4 free chaperones
Additional Students $2 each
Additional Chaperones $3 each
Gold Panning – for Students only – cannot exceed 50 students per program
$55 for 10-19 students
$150 for 41- 50 students
$90 for 20-30 students
$120 for 31-40 students
Additional Students $3 each
First presentation $200
Each additional presentation $50
Mileage – Variable
Two Week Rental $50
Educational Programs listed by appropriate grade levels:
Museum programs are 30 minutes to 1.5 hours long and take place at the
Sacramento History Museum. Each program can accommodate up to 35 people.
1st – 2nd grades
History Mystery! May Woolsey’s Trunk
How do historians use artifacts to decode the past? Open a Victorian-era trunk filled with clues that tell the story of a 12-year-old Sacramento girl who lived in the late 1800s. 1 hour
Agriculture, California’s true gold! Through artifacts and hands-on activities, students will learn about the components of agriculture and how agriculture shaped California’s past and present. 1 hour
3rd – 4th grades
Nisenan: California Indians of the Sacramento Region
Using hands-on artifacts, students will get to explore the culture and society of the earliest inhabitants of the Sacramento area, the Nisenan. 1 hour
The Gold Rush – Winner of the 2014 Achievement in Education Award
This extremely popular program leads students on a journey through the California Gold Rush. Students visit several museum galleries, including our historic print shop, and learn how the California Gold Rush began, the importance of newspapers during this era, and gold mining techniques. The programs ends with our Gold Panning program. 1.5 hours
Head West – Winner of 2013 Oregon-California Trails Association Award
Why did thousands of pioneers risk their lives to make the journey to California?
Through stories and hands-on artifacts, students will learn about life on the Overland trails, and take their own westward trek through our interactive adventure game! 1 hour
5th – 7th grades
What was sea navigation like and why was the journey so perilous? Our docents will use maps, artifacts, and historic documents to teach about sea travel to the Western United States. Students will also go on their own sea voyages using our interactive adventure game! 1 hour
K – 12
Museum Scavenger Hunt
On this scavenger hunt, students move through the museum in teams with a chaperone, and work together to solve clues which lead them on a fun interactive tour of the museum’ s exhibits and artifacts. We provide all the materials. 1 hour
Guided Museum Tour
See the museum and exhibits through the eyes of our docents! During this program we showcase specific artifacts, and students learn more about the themes of our exhibits. 1 hour
Old Sacramento Scavenger Hunt
Learn the history of the Old Sacramento district! On this scavenger hunt, students work in teams with chaperones, and work together to analyze clues to find historical landmarks, buildings and markers in Old Sacramento. We provide all materials. This program can accommodate a maximum of 50 people. 1 hour
Pan for Gold
Thirty minutes of pure Gold! In this hands-on program students will pan for precious metals, minerals, and real gold in our panning troughs. We provide plastic vials to hold students’ treasures. 30 minutes
Historic Print Shop
Visit our historic print shop for a docent-led demonstration on newspaper publication during the Gold Rush! 30 minutes
UNDERGROUND AND GOLD FEVER! TOURS
Explore the Historic District of Old Sacramento. All Old Sacramento programs are 1 hour in length. Tours can accommodate up to 25 people.
3rd – 12th grades
Old Sacramento Underground Tour
Get the low-down on Sacramento’s efforts to save the city from devastating floods in the 1850s and 1860s! Visitors uncover evidence of the city’s successful attempts to raise its streets, including historic buildings, basements, and underground hollow sidewalks.
The Gold Fever! Tour
It’s the 1850s! Your miners (students) have earned a great deal of gold in the foothills. Today they’ve come to Sacramento City to resupply. Early Sacramento citizens in period dress will lead your class around Old Sac and tell you about everyday life, and where miners can purchase supplies. Students will use subtraction and addition to track their purchases.
HISTORY IN THE CLASSROOM
We bring our educational programs to you! Each presentation is one hour long and is adapted to a class room format. Outreach programs employ similar hands-on activities, artifacts and curricula as our traditional museum programming. Each program is designed to accommodate up to of 35 students.
We offer the following programs in an outreach format:
- History Mystery! May Woolsey’s Trunk
- Nisenan: California Indians of the Sacramento Region
- The Gold Rush Program
- Head West
- Anchors Away
- California’s Agriculture
Educators can now rent the Traveling Trunk, complete with easily adaptable lesson plans about the California Gold Rush. The trunk contains primary sources, historic artifacts, costumes and activities that will bring history to life in your classroom.
You can rent The Traveling Trunk in two-week increments which allow you the freedom and flexibility to enhance your curriculum at your own pace.
Field Trip reservations are for groups with 10 or more students.
Payment in full is required one week before the scheduled field trip. You will receive an invoice as a confirmation of the field trip reservation. We charge a late fee of $50 for past due accounts. The Sacramento History Museum accepts all major credit cards. To pay in advance, please call the front desk at (916) 808-7059.
Cancellations and Rescheduling
We require a one week notice to cancel or reschedule programming. We will not issue a refund for cancellation less than one week from the original field trip date. If cancellation occurs less than one week before a scheduled program, we will charge the full balance in addition to the $50 late fee.
Please note that program length may be adjusted due to late arrivals. Late arrivals of more than 30 minutes forfeit their scheduled program without refund. Please call (916) 808-7059 to notify the museum about your late arrivals.
Directions and Location
The Sacramento History Museum is at 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814. Please visit www.sachistorymuseum .org/visit/directions for a map and driving directions.
Hourly garage and metered parking spaces are available in Old Sacramento. School bus parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis behind the California State Railroad Museum at 125 I Street.
Museum Gift Shop Info
The Museum gift shop offers a wide variety of souvenirs and gifts. Items range from 50 cents to $15 for your students! Teachers can order certain items when filling out the field trip request form, which list item descriptions and prices.
Please contact Zoey Jennings, the Education and Interpretive Programs Coordinator, at 916-808-6896, or at firstname.lastname@example.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. Download our Field Trip/Outreach Request Form.
Please send completed forms to Zoey Jennings, the Education and Interpretive Programs Coordinator at email@example.com.
You can also fax in completed forms to 916-808-5100, or mail them to 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814.