Step 1: The Basics
Field Trip Hours
Tuesday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
(Dinosphere opens at 10 a.m.)
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
(Dinosphere opens at 10 a.m.)
School reservations are not accepted for peak visitation dates, which include school breaks, holidays, and weekends. Field trips must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of planned visit.
Field Trip Admission
Required adults: Free (one adult is required for every 10 students)
Additional adults: $7.50
Museum members: Free with member card and ID
Reduced admission rate valid for groups of 20 or more students during the school year. Reservations should be made for the maximum number of youths and adults expected. You will only be charged for actual attendance on the day of your reservation. Museum programs, shows, and events are all included.
Don’t qualify for our school rate? Check out our discounted group rate for weekend, summer, youth, and adult groups of 20 or more.
Have questions? Contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or 800-820-6214 or email email@example.com.
Step 2: Add Programs
Choose three dates that work best for you then explore available programs and experiences.
Add Guided Experiences
Immerse your students in an interactive, standards-based experience led by our expert team members. Preregistration required. Guided experiences must be specifically requested when making a reservation.
Add Museum Events
From conservation to engineering to bullying to bats, you’re invited to join us for special events that take place all year long. Preregistration is required. Events must be specifically requested when making a reservation.
Add In-depth Experiences
Dive into learning by pairing a fascinating museum experience with pre- and post-visit classroom units provided by the museum.
Dazzle your students with a star-studded Planetarium experience or a performance in Lilly Theater. Preregistration required.
Add an After-School Program
Explore the museum during after-school hours from 3–5 p.m. Capacity on all programs is 30 students unless otherwise noted. Preregistration is required.
Groups must have a minimum of 20 students to receive reduced admission.
One adult required for every 10 students.
Free for required adults, $5 per additional adult
Free for museum members (member number required)
Up Close: Fall Creek Watershed
Grades 2-4, 4 p.m
Discover how water moves through our community and learn about the water cycle.
Ruby's Story: A Theatrical Experience Bringing Her Story to Life
Grades 3–8, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Hear Ruby's story from those she inspired.
Ryan's Story: A Theatrical Experience Bringing His Story to Life
Grades 6–8, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Learn about Ryan White and those inspired by his determination.
Challenges in Archaeology (CIA)
Grades 3-5, 3:30 and 4:20 p.m.
Take on the role of an archaeologist and make discoveries about ancient Egypt, China, and a 17th-century shipwreck.
Grades 4-8, 3:30 p.m.
See how nature inspired new technologies such as Velcro and new computer screens that won’t fade out in the sun.
Grades K-2, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Learn about the museum’s steam engine and what makes the Reuben Wells so special.
Treasures of the Tomb
Grades K–2, 3:30 p.m.
Whose tomb is this? Tomb walls will come to life through a flashlight-led tour as you search the tomb for clues to answer the question.
Grades 3–5, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Create keychains that are donated to local agencies to make a difference in someone’s life!
From Plants to Pants
Grades 3-8, 3:30 p.m.
Discover how scientists use nanotechnology based on plants to improve the clothes we wear.
Anne's Story: A Theatrical Experience Bringing Her Story to Life
Grades 6-8, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Experience Anne’s story through the eyes of those who lived it, and learn how grateful she was for the gift of writing.
Grades K-5, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
See our mastodon up close and learn about these fascinating creatures that roamed Indiana many years ago.
Up Close: Simple Machines
Grades 2-3, 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Identify the six simple machines and discover how they make work easier.
Cosmic Canopy Planetarium Show
Grades 3-8, 4 p.m., 130 students
Every night the stars form their canopy over the earth. See the starry jewels of our Indiana night sky.
You can also plan a self-guided field trip where you and your students can explore five floors of exciting interactive fun at your own pace. Have questions? Contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or 800-820-6214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Lunch
Students can be a hungry bunch! Choose from these three options for your field trip lunches:
- Bring your own lunches and schedule a 25-minute break in our indoor sack lunch area or use our first-come, first served outdoor picnic area.
- Dine in our Food Court on your own. Be aware that long lines may be an issue.
- Order catered Food Court lunches* for groups of 50 or more. Choose meals from our school lunch menu or customize your own. Catered lunch reservations are available at 10:45, 11:15, and 11:45 a.m., and 1:15 p.m.
Questions? Contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or 800-820-6214 or email email@example.com.
*If you choose the catered Food Court option you will reserve your lunch time during field trip registration, but you will order the food later through our caterer. More information will be provided in your registration packet.
Step 4: Register
Now that you’ve made your selections, let’s start your registration. Contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin.
After you register, review your confirmation packet when it arrives in the mail. You should receive this packet within two weeks of registration.