Please plan early. The Anchorage Museum has limited availability for group visits. We recommended educators complete the field trip request form at least two months in advance of desired field trip date. The museum requires requests be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Note that due to high demand for visits, the museum may be unable to accommodate first choice requests.
Pre-registration is required to receive reduced educational admission rates. Groups not pre-registered will need to pay general admission rates, and will not have access to school programs or space to eat lunch. When registering for field trips, please note, the museum is closed Mondays October through April.
School groups pay a fee of $125 for groups up to 30 students and six chaperones. Additional students are $5. Additional chaperones pay a flat rate of $12 per chaperone. The fee entitles the group use of the museum for tours, teacher-guided experiences, hands-on activities, and planetarium shows (live and film) in combination.
After reviewing all policies, complete the Field Trip Request form to begin the registration process for a school field trip at the Anchorage Museum.
After receipt of the registration request, museum staff will coordinate with you to finalize your visit.
Teachers may contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (907) 929-9280 with questions or for assistance with registration requests. Important things to remember:
- Food and drink is not allowed in the galleries. Eating and drinking is permitted in designated areas of the Museum.
- Some objects are fragile and should not be touched. Other displays are meant to be interacted with and touched. Please help support your students to touch only hands-on displays. Consult gallery signage or museum staff with questions.
- Large backpacks and bags must be checked. Carts and lockers will be provided for your group.
- Participating actively and creatively is encouraged. We ask that you help remind students that yelling and running are not permitted, so as not to disturb other visitors.
- Cameras are permitted in most exhibitions, but no flash photography, videography or tripods are allowed.
FIELD TRIP CANCELLATION
To cancel or alter a field trip, please contact the museum five business days prior to a scheduled field trip, or a cancellation fee may apply. Scheduled field trips that are not canceled at least two full business days prior will be charged for the program fees in full.
BUSES, PARKING AND ENTRANCE
If you are traveling by school bus, there is a bus drop-off zone at the Seventh Avenue Museum entrance. If parents are driving students to the museum, street parking is available, and there are seven public pay lots within a two-block radius. See parking information for a detailed list of options. The museum does not validate or reimburse parking fees. The museum opens at 10 a.m. October through April. No early entrance is allowed.
You may arrange for your class to have a brown bag lunch during your visit on the visit request form. In order for a field trip group to eat lunches in the museum’s atrium, tables must be reserved in advance. Tables are only available at certain times and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink is not allowed in galleries.
One adult chaperone is required for up to five students. Additional chaperones pay a flat admission rate of $12. Chaperones who are Anchorage Museum members are admitted under their membership and do not have to pay additional fees. Students must remain with their chaperones at all times while they are in the museum. Please see museum conduct guidelines for chaperones. Chaperones are expected to help support appropriate behavior. Failure to adequately supervise students may result in a group being asked to leave.
The museum requests that parent chaperones not bring siblings on field trips. If it is necessary, full admission will need to be paid for sibling(s). Siblings are not allowed to participate in field trip activities.
The museum offers guided and free choice learning opportunities for homeschool groups. Please complete the field trip request form. Note that groups require at least 10 students to qualify for group rates and programs.
To learn more about available scholarship opportunities, email email@example.com or call (907) 929-9280.
FIELD TRIP PREP
Teachers may contact the school group coordinator to schedule a planning visit or conversation prior to the field trip date. This is by appointment and only teachers may attend. You will receive museum information and access to galleries included in the upcoming field trip experience.
BEFORE YOUR Visit
We encourage you to introduce students to ideas and information that will connect to what they will see and do at the museum. You might explore related books, films, or other media, or experiment with related materials and processes. See planning resources below. Please also discuss appropriate conduct and clearly set expectations. Remind students and chaperones:
- Food and drink is not allowed in the galleries. Eating and drinking is permitted in several designated areas.
- Some objects are fragile and should not be touched. Other displays are meant to be interacted with and touched. Consult gallery signage or museum staff with questions.
- Large backpacks and bags must be checked.
- Participating actively and creatively is encouraged, but yelling and running are not permitted so as not to disturb other visitors.
The Anchorage Museum offers a range of online resources and publications to support your teaching.
Delve into the Smithsonian Arctic Study Center
Watch video content online
Archive of previous teacher guides
The museum education team is available to provide support as you plan your guided or self-guided visit. Contact the school group coordinator for an informational visit to the museum, or discussion of resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (907) 929-9280.