Museum hours: Mon-Sat: 10a.m. - 5p.m. | Sun: noon - 5p.m.

School Field Trips

The History Center offers distinctive field trips for schools that trace our region’s roots back 12,000 years in fun and fascinating ways.

Guided School Tours

Guided tours are led through our exhibits by a knowledgeable docent. Students experience demonstrations, hands-on activities, and interaction with their guide.

All guided school tours include a presentation by a costumed actor portraying a historical character, a mock trial in Courtroom B, and a science-focused butter-making activity. Personalize your tour by selecting two galleries of your choice:

  • Natural Environment (includes Natural Environment, First Peoples, and First Contact)
  • Seminoles (includes Seminoles, Pioneers, Cattle, and Citrus)
  • Transportation (includes Transportation, Railroads, Tourism, Economy, World War II, and Disney)
  • Celebrating Community (African American History including slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and civil rights)

Two-hour guided tours are $7 per student. Minimum: 10 students.

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours for school groups are available Monday through Friday and include a scavenger-hunt activity and a courtroom script for a teacher-facilitated mock trial.

The start time can vary, as requested by the teacher. Two hours is recommended for the tour, but teachers can determine the length that meets their needs.

Self-guided tours are $5.50 per student. Minimum: 10 students.

Schedule Your Program

To schedule your program, please complete this form at least 30 days before your desired date.

We can accommodate a maximum of 150 students, divided into five groups, on one day. If your group includes more than 150, a second day can be requested. Please choose at least three alternate days for your visit(s).

We’ll email you a confirmation packet upon receipt of your registration. A $50 deposit is due once your field trip is confirmed. The remainder is due on the day of the program.

Arrange for Chaperones

We ask that you bring one chaperone per 10 students. (Chaperones are considered to be all the adults with your group in addition to teachers.) There is no charge for the required number of chaperones or for teachers with valid school identification. The cost for additional chaperones is $5 each.

Questions

For more information, email Cynthia.Tomerlin@ocfl.net or call 407-836-8580. If you have problems with the web form, you can download a pdf here and email it to Cynthia.Tomerlin@ocfl.net.

Orange County Public Schools are offered School Field Trip programs free of charge thanks to a grant by United Arts of Central Florida. Please click here to download an application for the chance to have your Field Trip program funded. Schools will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Only Orange County Public Schools are eligible.