Summer Program Policies

Museum Field Trip Policy

Thank you for your interest in scheduling a Summer Workshop or Outreach Program with History Nebraska. Before scheduling a program, please review our policies below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach us at [email protected] or 402-471-1674.


Summer Workshops and Outreach Programs at the Nebraska History Museum, are free of charge for after-school programs, home-school groups, community centers, and childcare centers.



Request Summer Workshops and Outreach Programs using our booking system found here. Programs must be requested seven (7) days in advance and are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Group size

Due to the nature of the activities in our programs, Summer Workshops require a minimum of ten (10) students and a maximum of forty (40) students. Outreach Programs require a minimum of twenty (20) students and a maximum of forty (40) students. If your group is smaller or larger than this, please reach out to our education staff at [email protected] for more information.


Cancellation & Rescheduling

To cancel or reschedule a Summer Workshop or Outreach Program taking place in the next three (3) business days, please contact us as soon as possible. Reach out to an education staff member at [email protected] or via phone at 402-471-1674. Otherwise, please see your Calendly booking confirmation email to make changes to times or dates.

The museum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop if there is inclement weather, or if other unforeseen circumstances arise. Our educators will reach out to reschedule your program.


No Show

If you are running late, please contact the museum by calling 402-471-1674. History Nebraska reserves the right to modify workshops for groups 15 minutes late. If you are more than 15 minutes late, History Nebraska reserves the right to reschedule or cancel your workshop.



History Nebraska requires a student-to-chaperone ratio of 10:1, but groups are welcome to bring additional chaperones. Adult chaperones are expected to actively participate with students during their visit. For more information, please refer to our chaperone guide, available here.



Students should leave cell phones, backpacks, and other personal items stored away. We encourage students to have a water bottle, however they will not be allowed in the exhibit spaces. Limited storage space is available in our museum lobby for personal items. For Outreach Programs hosted outside, students are highly encouraged to wear sunscreen and have a water bottle with them.



Limited parking is available in front of the museum for buses and school transportation vehicles. Groups using personal vehicles or that have additional chaperones should not park in front of the museum. Metered parking and parking garages are available around downtown Lincoln. Information about parking options in downtown Lincoln can be found here.


Outreach Transportation

When booking your trip, remember to provide our Education team with all relevant information for finding your site. This includes the address, where to park, building numbers and name of staff to request. Staff will require 30 minutes before and after the program for set up and tear down.



Students, school staff, and chaperones should 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 or have their outreach program end early.



At this time, our educators are only able to offer Outreach Programs within a 10 mile radius of the museum. This includes Lincoln, Denton, Walton, and North Bluff. For groups outside of this radius, please explore our in-person Summer Workshops or explore our free virtual programs.


Lunch Policy

The museum does not have a cafeteria space for students. Groups are asked to eat lunch outside; there is space for students in front of the Standing Bear statue across the street from the museum. In case of inclement weather, speak with education staff about alternatives.


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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