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 2017-2018 season. Due to the physical layout of the museum, programs can accommodate a maximum of 35 people at a time.  Underground Tours  and Gold Fever! 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


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 2017-18 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

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







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

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.



The Agriculture Program (1 hour)

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



Historic Print Shop (30 minutes)

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



The Nisenan Program (1 hour)

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.


The Gold Rush Program (1 hour)

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, and try their hand at gold panning!

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




Head West (1 hour)

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


4th- 12th

Guided Museum Tour (1 hour)

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.



Anchors Away (1 hour)

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.



Museum Scavenger Hunt (1 hour)

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.




Gold Panning! (30 minutes)

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!

*Please note, gold panning is for students only.


Old Sacramento Scavenger Hunt (1 hour)

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.


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.

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

4th -8th

The Gold Rush Experience Tour (1 hour)

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


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 Assistant
(916) 808-6896

Me’Lisa James
Educational & Interpretive Programs Manager
(916) 808-4980