Field Trips


Bring your class to the museum!Child holding a replica skull and looking at the camera.

A field trip to the museum will enrich your lessons, engage student interest, and create lasting memories. Plan a visit for your class and ignite their curiosity.

We have many resources designed to help you prepare for your field trip or to explore museum science, art, and collections from your classroom.

See our Kits & Objects and visit our Activities & Resources page.

Note: Groups are asked to split into clusters of 10 or fewer. Individuals must follow distancing and masking guidelines. See details here.

Fill out the Reservation Request form or email for more information.

Bring your students to the museum to learn about our state’s history, animals, artists, and Alaska Native cultures. Focus time in one gallery or plan a rotation schedule to visit them all. Make reservations throughout the semester and explore at your own pace.

Request an Exhibit Exploration online. Reservation Request page.

Available: Monday - Friday 10 AM - 5 PM.
Advance reservations required.
Schedule throughout the school year.
Cost: $4 per student
Chaperones required.


MOVIES $3 per student
Watch a movie in our auditorium.
Check the schedule.

Note: Guided field trip groups are required to wear masks.

Fill out the Reservation Request form below or email for more information.

An Exhibit Exploration Plus is an Exhibit Exploration, plus time with UAMN volunteer docents, who will enhance your visit with explorations and activities centered on museum research and collections for 45 minutes. Following the guided portion of your visit, you are encouraged to stay and explore on your own.

During the docent-guided portion, students are divided into three groups to maintain small clusters. Groups will rotate through galleries and the Creativity Lab, not spending more than 15 minutes in a given space. Masks are required of everyone participating in guided field trips (students, teachers, chaperones, and docents).

Choose your theme:

  • Alaska Native Cultures
  • Bowhead Whale
  • Exploring Art
  • Museum Science

Available: Tuesday – Thursday beginning at 10:15 AM

Schedule on call-in day:  Monday, December 13, 2021
Space is limited! Two reservations per school until January 4. Additional requests will be placed on our waiting list.

Cost: Included with Exhibit Exploration fee ($4 per student)
Exhibit Exploration Plus is offered as a free enhancement to your field trip experience.

Request an Exhibit Exploration Plus online here: EE+ Request page.

Note: Directed Discovery field trips are on hold for 2021-22. Please see Exhibit Exploration Plus for an alternative. 

UAMN volunteer docents guide student explorations and activities centered on museum research and collections. Directed Discoveries are allotted to local schools. See your administrator for details.

Available: Tuesday-Thursday.
All tours begin at 9:30 AM.
Or register online:
Maximum: 30 students (15 students minimum). Chaperones required.
Cost: $5 per student

Choose a Directed Discovery topic based on grade-specific curriculum.
GRADES K - 1 🕒 1 hr
GRADES 2 - 6 🕒 1.5 hrs

Discover and explore in the Gallery of Alaska.
K-1  Develop awareness of the cultural diversity of our state through objects and gallery explorations. 
2-3 Explore Alaska Native cultures, experience fish camp and learn about cultural traditions and seasonal activities in Alaska's Interior.
4-6 Examine cultural connections to regional resources and take part in a trade game to learn about bartering traditions.

Discover the Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery.
K-1 Learn to observe art and recognize art elements. Practice discussing artworks. View and sketch art.
2-6 Discover and interpret art in many forms including The Place Where You Go to Listen, paintings, and sculptures. Observe and sketch during free-choice gallery time.

Discover how museum collections teach us about our world.
K-1 Find animals in the Gallery of Alaska while practicing observation and comparison. 
2-3Apply skills of sorting and classification and learn why they are important to science.
4-6Examine and compare skulls to learn about animal characteristics and adaptations.

ADD-ONS Advance reservations required.

Schedule 20-30 extra minutes after your Directed Discovery to lead your students through another of the museum’s galleries.


Local volunteers guide all Directed Discoveries. If you are interested in helping, see our online flyer (Become a Volunteer Docent!) or call 907-474-5360.

Book a Field Trip

► Request an Exhibit Exploration: Reservation Request page.

► Request an Exhibit Exploration Plus: EE+ Request page.

► Download a copy of our Spring 2022 Field Trip Flyer (pdf).


Field Trip Grants

Exterior of the museum building, with a school bus parked outside.

Need help with funds? Try securing a grant from one of these organizations:



Contact us if you are interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities for field trip programs:
Jennifer Arseneau, Education & Public Programs Manager, 907-474-6948 or


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