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Field Trips at the Museum

Things to Know

Fall  2023

1. The Museum cannot accommodate walk-in groups. All groups must complete reservation requests. Group reservations must be made online at least two weeks in advance and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

2. Groups may book docent assisted tours Wednesdays between 10:30AM-4PM, Thursdays between 9AM-4PM, and Fridays between 10:30AM-4PM.  A typical group tour is approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours. 

3. The Museum cannot accommodate groups larger than 50 visitors. Due to staffing and the security of our collections, the Museum cannot accommodate groups larger than 50.

4.  K-12  tours are docent assisted. Teachers and parents are responsible for students' behavior as docents lead groups through exhibits. For example, a group of 50 will be split into two smaller groups of 25, and each group led by a docent through the Museum. The teacher and parents with each group of 25 will ensure that students are following Museum rules. Docents will lead groups through the Museum following this Flow Chart. Typical tour lasts 60-70 minutes. 

5. Visit our Current Exhibits  and Upcoming Exhibits pages for more information. 


Steps to Complete 

1. Complete a Group Reservation Request Form.

2. You will receive an email reply within 48 business hours. 

3. Prior to your confirmed scheduled visit, have students view this short Museum Rules Video

4. Share information about unloading/ parking with BUS DRIVERS, and parking information with CHAPERONES. 



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.
Frequently asked questions about field trips.
Maximum number of students during school year is 50. The Museum requires a 1 to 10 ratio of adults to students.
Group tours are free
The Museum's requires a ratio of one adult to every ten students. For example, a group of 20 students would require 2 adults-- the teacher and a chaperon.
Most groups average 1 to  1.5 hours.
  • The chaperon 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

                      Treat docents and all Museum staff with respect 

                      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.  


Educator Resources on our Virtual Connection page.

Traveling Trunks available to check out for classroom use. 

Civil War Fieldtrip

children in felts house costume


Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 8/16/23