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Kentucky Museum - Field Trips

Education Staff Guided 

Plan your Tour or field trip

Visit the Kentucky Museum. Field trips reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and are filled on a first come, first served basis.  

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In addition to the permanent collections on display, the 1815 Felts Log House, Instruments of American Excellence, Civil War Exhibit, Duncan Hines, and the Quilt and textile gallery, the Museum will feature several new exhibitions this fall.        Current Exhibits                                 Upcoming Exhibits

Lunch

There is no inside lunch space available in the Kentucky Museum. Some groups bring a sack lunch and eat outside, weather permitting, next to the Lincoln Statue, or on South Lawn. You may also make arrangements on campus for lunch by contacting WKU Food Services at 270-745-2416.

FAQ

Click Here for frequently asked questions about field trips.

 

Museum Docent Guided Tours

Group Size 5 - 100                           Reservations Required

Museum Docent guided visits for grades K - 12 offer an opportunity to make the museum your classroom, and to focus connections between your curriculum and the exhibits. Museum docent guided tours are available year round following the University calendar.

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Museum docents will guide students through museum exhibits. A flow-chart for touring one to three groups is HERE. Teachers should request a date and time at least two weeks in advance. CLICK HERE to request a date and time. Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive an email reply within 24 business hours. 

Group Size

Maximum number of students is 100 or a total of three groups. Each group should be accompanied by a teacher plus chaperones.

Cost

$3.50 per person

Payment

Present check, cash, school purchase order, or credit card upon arrival. Please make checks payable to: Kentucky Museum, Attention: Lynn Claycomb, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11092, Bowling Green, KY

Chaperones

The Museum's chaperones ratio is one free chaperone/teacher/adult for every 10 students. Any adults in excess of this ration will be charged $5.00

Length of Tour

Most groups average 1.5 hours. See Flow Chart link above.

Museum Rules

  • The chaperone along with the teacher must remain with the class at all times and is responsible for the discipline and conduct of the group. The minimum 1 to 10 adult ratio is mandatory for admittance into the museum.
  • Please instruct students prior to visit about proper museum behavior:

                      Do not touch unless given permission to touch

                      Do not cross any exhibit barriers

                      Do not talk while Museum docent is talking

                      No food or drink allowed in exhibits

                      Flash photography is prohibited in some exhibits

                     

  • An individual or group will receive one warning. Further rule violation and group or individual will be escorted to front desk, and admission will be refunded. Staff must ensure the safety of the exhibits and artifacts.  


Museum Docent Guided Tour Request Form

 

Education Staff Guided Field Trips

Group Size 15 - 50                          Reservations Required

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The Kentucky Museum Education Department offers four guided field trip packages (see below). Teachers should request a specific package, date and time at least two weeks in advance. Click here for reservation request.  Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive an email reply within 24 business hours. Education Staff Guided Field Trips are offered on most Tuesdays through Fridays August through May,following the University Calendar.

 

Group Size

Minimum number of 15 and maximum number of 50 students.

Cost

$5.00

Payment

Schools present check, cash, school purchase order, or credit card upon arrival. Please make checks payable to: Kentucky Museum, Attention: Christy Spurlock, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11092, Bowling Green, KY 42101

Chaperones

The Museum's chaperone ratio is one free chaperone/teacher/adult for every 10 students. Any adults in excess of this ratio will be charged $5.00.

Length of Tour

1.5 Hours

Museum Rules

  • The chaperone along with the teacher must remain with the class at all times and is responsible for the discipline and conduct of the group. The minimum of 1 to 10 adults ratio is mandatory for admittance to the museum.
  • Please instruct students prior to visit of proper museum conduct:

                     Do not touch unless given permission to touch

                     Do not cross any exhibit barriers

                     Do not talk while Museum docent is talking

                     No food or drink in exhibits

                     Flash photography is prohibited in some exhibits

  • An individual or group will receive one warning. Further rule violation and goup or individual will be escorted to front desk, and admission will be refunded. Staff must ensure the safety of the exhibits and artifacts.

 


Educational Staff Guided Field Trip Packages (Group Size 15-50):

Kentucky Experience

Students explore early Kentucky life visiting the 1815 Felts Log House and experience frontier school, cooking, and clothing.

Civil War in Kentucky

Students will be guided through the Star in Both Flags: Conflict in Kentucky exhibit, learn about early medicine and dress in Civil War clothing.

Art in the Museum

Students will explore various art exhibits and complete a related art project. The Life of Nelson Mandela and Happy Street Signs exhibits are available September 8 through November 18. US Bank Celebration of the Arts and Side by Side  exhibits are available February 27 through April 2.

Day @ WKU

College Readiness for grades K-8. Students will be taken on a guided walking tour of WKU, have lunch on their own, and then take a self-guided tour of the Kentucky Building. Available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Not available November - March 14th. Day @ WKU

Historic Christmas

K-8 students will explore historic Frontier and Civil War Christmas traditions. Students will also decorate their own ornament to take home. Available Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 10 - December 10th. Not booking on Tuesday, November 24.

 

Education Staff Guided Field Trip Request Form

 

Civil War field trip Civil War Exhibit


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Felts House hearth cooking



Museum Field Trip

Felts House


 

art field trip

U S Bank Celebration of the Arts


 School Field Trip Mask Making

Mask making


 

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