Field Trip Policy

Museum Field Trip Policy

Thank you for your interest in scheduling a field trip to one of our historic sites and museums! Before scheduling your field trip, please review our field trip policy below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach us at [email protected] or 402-471-1674.


Field trip programs at the Nebraska History Museum will be provided free of charge for school groups, home school groups, community centers, and childcare centers.



Field trips and tours can be requested on our website. Field trips and tours must be requested at least one week in advance. Tours are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Minimum group size

Due to the nature of the activities in our field trip programs, all groups must have a minimum of ten students. Each field trip program has a maximum number of students, which is listed in the program description. Larger groups may request multiple tour times.



If you can no longer visit the museum, please contact us as soon as possible by the History Nebraska Education staff at [email protected]. Our educators can work with you to reschedule. If you need to cancel the day of your workshop, please call the museum front desk at 402-471-1674.


No Show

If you are running late, please contact the museum front desk by calling 402-471-1674. Field trips that are 15 minutes late may be modified or changed to a different workshop due to time constraints. If you are more than 15 minutes late, History Nebraska reserves the right to reschedule or cancel your field trip.


Inclement Weather

If your workshop is canceled due to inclement weather, our educators will work with you to reschedule.



A student-to-chaperone ratio of 10:1 is required, but groups may bring additional chaperones. Adult chaperones are expected to actively participate with students during their visit. For more information, please refer to our chaperone guide.



Students are encouraged to leave water bottles, backpacks, and other personal items on the bus. Limited storage space is available in our museum lobby for personal items. Food and drinks are not allowed in the exhibit spaces.



Limited parking is available in front of the museum for buses and school transportation vehicles. Metered parking and parking garages are available around downtown Lincoln. Information about parking options in downtown Lincoln can be found here.



Behavior policy: Students, school staff, and chaperones are expected to act in a respectful manner. Groups that damage museum property, use disrespectful language, or are not accurately supervised will be asked to leave the museum.


Gift Shop

Students must be accompanied by an adult when shopping in the museum gift shop. If school groups restrict students from shopping in the gift shop museum, they should help the museum staff enforce that expectation. The museum gift shop is closed on Mondays.

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History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
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