Due to COVID-19, guided tours are currently unavailable. All tours are self-guided, meaning, no staff member of the Museum will conduct tours for teacher/students. Self-guided tours are encouraged! Please see more information below.
* Because a rotational schedule and route must be provided to each group, the Education Division must know in 2 weeks in advance how many will be in the group, and when they plan to visit.
The planetarium remains closed until further notice.
- All groups must have a printed confirmation email from Caroline Reeves for their school group.
- Before leaving the school, documentation will be gathered about temperatures/symptom free validation for each person attending the museum visit. If they have any symptoms or a temperature, they will not be permitted into the Museum with our apologies.
- Documentation, school information, and number of attendees will be provided to a member of the Education staff, upon arrival at the museum by the lead representative of the school's field trip group.
- Students and chaperones (except the lead school representative) will remain on the bus/outside during the check-in process.
- Attendees will be divided into groups of no more than 10 individuals: students + chaperone(s).
- These groups (of 10 or less individuals) will enter the building separately and taken to their initial starting point (gallery) in the museum. Each group will be assigned a rotational schedule and map so that they can/will be self-guided and will avoid the other groups.*
- Field trip attendees will provide their own pencils and materials for use during their visit.
- The gift shop will be made available, but social distancing must be maintained by school representatives.
- Field trip attendees will use restrooms designated by the Museum for field trip groups.
- Groups will exit the building one at a time.
For further inquiries or to schedule a tour, call (806) 742-2432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teachers also may conduct their own self-guided tours. To assist teachers on self-guided
tours, our Education Division has resources that meet TEKS or Core Curriculum requirements.
See more about school group tours.
Please be sure to book your tour at least 2 weeks ahead of time. Because we often have more than one school tour each day, we ask your help in keeping us on schedule. Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour's scheduled time, and be aware that groups more than 15 minutes late are subject to cancellation. If your group is running late or has to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible.
Title One Schools
Funding is available to help rural and economically underserved schools tour the Museums.
The funding, from the E.A. Franklin Charitable Trust, is available on a first-come, first served basis and can be used to pay for fuel and bus rental costs for the trips. Schools using this fund for transportation to the Museum are encouraged to extend their field trip to include the National Ranching Heritage Center, located next door to the Museum.