Students take notes while their teacher guides them through "Telling New Mexico." Photo by Hannah Abelbeck

School Field Trips

The museum welcomes school groups of all ages from public, private, and home-school environments. Preschool and university classes qualify for this program, as do groups such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and similar organizations.

Groups may plan several types of visits:

Teacher Led Visits

School groups scheduled in advance will be met by a member of the museum staff or a docent and provided with a brief introduction to the museum. The host will also show visiting groups the locations of storage cubbies, secure lockers, and restrooms. Groups are then free to explore exhibitions of their own choosing and at their own pace.

Museum Expectations:

  • No Food or Drink in Exhibition Areas
  • No Running or Touching Exhibits
  • Lunch in Downtown Area

Docent Guided Visits

Teachers may request a guided tour as part of their visit. School tours are led by museum trained docents.

Interactive Workshops

Unavailable Until Spring 2023

Scheduling a School Field Trip

Teachers and group leaders interested in interactive workshops or structured experiences to reinforce classroom activities should discuss their interests and goals when they make their reservations.

To ensure that all students and adults in the group are admitted free of charge, trips must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Adults include teachers, accompanying parents, and chaperones. We recommend groups have at least one adult for every ten students. If the group is not scheduled in advance, adults will be charged but students will enter free.

To schedule a field trip, please contact our Education department. You will receive an email confirmation with information about your day at the museum from either Christina McCorquodale, Head of Education or Nancy Morris-Judd, Education Coordinator.

Please note that the museum does not provide parking or a lunchroom. Close lunch options include the Convention Center or the Plaza park area. To ensure that staff or docents are available, please arrive at the museum on time.

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