Field Trips

miniMOHAI

miniMOHAI is specifically designed to give early learners a fun, hands-on experience at the museum, and is available as both a school and family program series. Grade Level: Pre-K and Kindergarten.

Children and chaperones explore interactive pop-up activity stations together through self-guided activities that accommodate each group’s pace. Stations and activities share a common learning theme that can be extended to the classroom. Choose one of four themes (Building the City, Farm to Food, Going West, or Transportation Innovations) and three out of six stations (story time, dramatic play, math and patterns, crafts, fine motor, or large motor). Larger groups may book all six stations upon request.

Grade Level: Pre-K and Kindergarten

Price: $100 for use of 3 stations, $200 for use of all 6 stations

Duration: 45 minutes–2 hours

Available: Monday–Friday, 10 am–3 pm

Accommodations: Up to 90 students

Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance to guarantee availability.

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Creating Our Community

This guided program offers students an in-depth look at the working life of early Puget Sound residents. Grade Level: K–Grade 2.

Through role-playing activities and hands-on artifact analysis, students experience the daily routines of various workers while learning how these occupations work together within a community, both in history and today. Visit includes additional self-guided gallery time.

Grade Level: K–Grade 2

Price: $180 per group of 10-30 students

Duration: 1 hour per group

Available: School year only (Sept.–June); Monday–Friday, 10 am–1 pm

Accommodations: 30 students max per program, up to 3 programs (90 students) per day; one chaperone for every five students required, up to one chaperone for every two students (additional chaperones must pay regular admission rates)

Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance to guarantee availability.

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Cracking the History Code: Settling Around the Sound

A part of the Cracking the History Code series, this guided program engages students in a game that uses real artifacts, photos, and documents to uncover historical events. Grade Level: Grades 3-5.

Students investigate the challenges that faced five different groups of people traveling to or living in the Puget Sound region during its early history. Visit includes additional self-guided gallery time.

Grade Level: Grades 3-5

Price: $180 per group of 10-30 students

Duration: 1 hour per group

Available: School year only (Sept.–June); Monday–Friday, 10 am–1 pm

Accommodations: 30 students max per program, up to 3 programs (90 students) per day; one chaperone for every five students required, up to one chaperone for every two students (additional chaperones must pay regular admission rates)

Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance to guarantee availability.

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Cracking the History Code: Salish Stories

A part of the Cracking the History Code series, Salish Stories focuses on the Coast Salish communities of the Puget Sound. Grade Level: Grades 3-5.

Students play a game that involves listening to stories, looking at historic photos, and handling artifacts crafted by local artists to discover the culture, history, language, and lifeways of Puget Sound’s first peoples. Visit includes additional self-guided gallery time.

Grade Level: Grades 3-5

Price: $180 per group of 10-30 students

Duration: 1 hour per group

Available: School year only (Sept.–June); Monday–Friday, 10 am–1 pm

Accommodations: 30 students max per program, up to 3 programs (90 students) per day; one chaperone for every five students required, up to one chaperone for every two students (additional chaperones must pay regular admission rates)

Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance to guarantee availability.

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Hands on History

Hands on History is a new program offering a flexible field trip option designed to engage students wherever they are on their learning journey.

At the heart of the program is a facilitated, hands-on primary source and artifact investigation, with a selection of activities chosen by MOHAI Educators to tailor the experience to specifically fit your group’s needs.

Choose a topic—Settling Around the Sound or Seattle Innovation & Industries—and we will contact you with questions to help MOHAI’s educators pick the best activities and resources for your group.

Grade Level: Grades 2-12

Price: $200 per group of 10-30 students

Duration: 45 minutes per group (1 hour per rotation)

Available: School year only (Sept.–June); Monday–Friday, 10 am–1 pm

Accommodations: 30 students maximum per program, up to 3 programs (90 students) per day; one chaperone for every five students required, up to one chaperone for every two students maximum included under the group rate (additional chaperones must pay regular museum admission rates)

Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance to guarantee availability.

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The Significance of Salmon

Students investigate the important role of salmon in the Pacific Northwest in this joint program offered by MOHAI and the Center for Wooden Boats. Grade Level: Grades 4-8.

Classes rotate between both locations and participate in a variety of hands-on activities, gallery exploration, and a boat outing to learn about the history of salmon as a resource and the stewardship of salmon populations today.

Grade Level: Grades 4-8

Price: $220 per class of 15-30 students; includes $40 non-scholarship-eligible resource fee

Duration: 2 hours for 2 classes (30-90 students), 1 additional hour per each additional class

Available: School year only (Sept.–June); Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–2 pm

Accommodations: 30 students max per program, up to 3 programs (90 students) per day; one chaperone for every five students required, one chaperone for every two students (additional chaperones must pay regular admission rates)

Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance to guarantee availability.

Please note, this program requires a minimum of 2 classes (at least 30 students).

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Self-Guided Field Trips

A self-guided field trip is ideal for groups who wish to bring their own activity and explore at their own pace. Grade Level: Pre-K–Grade 12.

MOHAI educators greet groups, offer storage for lunches and coats, and are available to answer questions throughout the visit. Activities are required for self-guided field trips, and MOHAI-made scavenger hunts are also available for use in small, chaperone-led groups.

Grade Level: Pre-K–Grade 12

Price: $40 per group of 1-30 students

Duration: Any (2 hours is recommended)

Available: All year; Monday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm

Accommodations: Up to 150 students; one chaperone for every five students required

Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance to guarantee availability.

Please note:

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Self-Guided Only Days

Due to a high demand for field trips, MOHAI has set aside a few dates in the spring for self-guided only field trips.

Reservations are required. Request a field trip here.

A structured activity is required—this can come from you or your class can use a MOHAI-provided activity. Paper scavenger hunts, pencils, and clipboards are available; first-come, first-served.

Grade Level: Pre-K–Grade 12

Price: $40 per group of 1-30 students

Duration: 2.5 hour maximum

Available: May 17, 2019; May 24, 2019; June 5, 2019; 10 am—2 pm

Accommodations: Up to 150 students; one chaperone for every five students required

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Summer Field Trips

Groups visiting during the summer can explore the museum on a self-guided field trip. Grade Level: Pre-K–Grade 12.

Activities for the visit are strongly encouraged. MOHAI also offers a paper scavenger hunt, developed for a wide range of grade levels to help guide groups. However, teachers and camp counselors are urged to bring their own self-guided gallery activity to structure students’ time in the museum.

Grade Level: Pre-K–Grade 12.

Price: $40 per group of 1-30 students

Duration: Any (2 hours is recommended)

Available: Summer months only (June–Sept.); Monday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm

Accommodations: Up to 150 students; one chaperone for every five students required

Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance to guarantee availability.

Please note:

  • Advance booking is required to receive the group discount.
  • Regular field trip programs are not available during the summer.

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College Group Visits

Self-guided and personalized guided tours of the museum are available for higher learning students and their professors.

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