Field Trips

Connect 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:

MUSEUM PROGRAMS

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 

 

EXPRESS PROGRAMS

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

 

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

First presentation $200
Each additional presentation $50
Mileage – Variable

 

TRAVELING TRUNK

Two Week Rental $50

 

Educational Programs listed by appropriate grade levels:

 

MUSEUM PROGRAMS

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

 

California’s Agriculture

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

Anchors Away

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

 

Traveling Trunk

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.

 


GENERAL INFORMATION                          

 

Group Size

Field Trip reservations are for groups with 10 or more students.

 

Payment Information

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.

 

Late Arrivals

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.

 

Parking

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.

 


 

Have questions?

Please contact Zoey Jennings, the Education and Interpretive Programs Coordinator, 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.  Download our Field Trip/Outreach Request Form.

 

Please send completed forms to Zoey Jennings, the Education and Interpretive Programs Coordinator at zjennings@cityofsacramento.org.

You can also fax in completed forms to 916-808-5100, or mail them to 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814.

 

 

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INDOOR PROGRAMMING

K-2nd

A History Mystery!: May Woolsey's Trunk ( 1 hour)

How do historians use artifacts to decode the past?  Open a Victorian-era trunk filled with clues that tell the story of a twelve year old Sacramento girl that lived in the late 1800s.

 

K-2nd

The Agriculture Program (1 hour)

Agriculture, California’s true gold!  In this program students will participate in hands-on activities to learn about the components of agriculture, and how agriculture has shaped California’s past and present.

 

3rd-4th

The Nisenan Program (1 hour)

Explore the culture and society of the earliest inhabitants of the Sacramento area, the Nisenan!   Students will become cultural anthropologists as they interact with artifacts of the Nisenan.

3rd-4th

The Gold Rush Program (1.5 hour)

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.

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

 

 

3rd-4th

Head West (1 hour)

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 then go on their own westward trek through our interactive adventure game!

Winner of the 2013 Oregon-California Trails Association Award

 

5th-7th

Anchors Away (1 hour)

Experience our docent led interactive presentation about sea travel to the Western United States.   Then students will go on their own sea voyage using our interactive adventure game!  

 

ALL AGES!

Museum Scavenger Hunt (1 hour)

On this scavenger hunt students are placed into groups with a chaperone, and work together to analyze clues which lead them on a fun interactive tour of the museum’s exhibits and artifacts. All materials are provided.

 

4th- 12th

Guided Museum Tour (1 hour)

See the museum’s exhibits through the eyes of our docents! During this program students will receive insights into the themes and artifacts of our museum.

 

2nd-12th

Historic Print Shop (30 minutes)

Visit our historic Print Shop for a docent-led demonstration on newspaper publication.   See how newspapers were produced on our operational 1850s era hand press.

 

OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING

ALL AGES!

Gold Panning! (30 minutes)

Thirty minutes of pure Gold!!!  In this hands-on program students will learn how to pan for precious metals, minerals, and real gold in our panning troughs. Plastic vials for treasures will be provided.

*Please note, gold panning is for students only.

ALL AGES!

Old Sacramento Scavenger Hunt (1 hour)

Learn the history of the Old Sacramento district! On this scavenger hunt students are placed into groups with a chaperone, and work together to analyze clues to find historical landmarks, buildings and markers in Old Sacramento.  All materials are provided. This program can accommodate a maximum of 50 people.

 

3rd- 12th

Old Sacramento Underground Tour (1 hour)

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

4th -8th

The Gold Fever! Tour (1 hour)

It is the 1850s! Your miners (students) have earned a great deal of money 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 to purchase supplies. Students will be required to perform basic math calculations.

 

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

 

OUTREACH: 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 1 hour and is designed to accommodate a maximum of 35 students.

We offer the following programs in an outreach format:

  • 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

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

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