Would you like your next field trip to:
Be easy to coordinate and implement?
Be an imaginative experience that makes history vibrant and alive?
Complement your curriculum?
Then we invite you to bring your students to The History Museum!
School Visits to The History Museum & Studebaker National Museum
The History Museum & the Studebaker National Museum offer tours specially designed for school groups. Your field trip can include visits to the Oliver Mansion and Worker’s Home,  Kidsfirst Children’s Museum, Voyages Gallery, and all exhibits in both museums. Pre-visit curriculum material and student activity sheets are available for viewing and printing by clicking here. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting our Tour Coordinator at (574) 235-9664, ext. 239 or  The History Museum can also provide education in schools by visiting your classroom with audio/visual materials. In addition, special programs designed just for schools are scheduled at various times throughout the academic year. The History Museum’s Education Department has developed a list of Indiana Academic Standards met through museum visits and school programs. School groups visit The History Museum regularly to experience history in a unique and interactive way. We offer learning for all age groups, from Pre-K through college. Guided tours are available and school groups are elcome to tour the museum’s exhibits on their own, as long as teachers and chaperones accompany the students. For 3rd grade and younger, we require 1 chaperone/adult for every 5 students and there is no charge for these chaperones/adults. For 4th grade and older, we require 1 chaperone/adult for every 10 students. There is no admission charge for these chaperones/adults. Additional chaperones/adults will be charged $4.00 per person.
Please Note:

School groups of 10 or more students wishing to tour the Oliver Mansion MUST provide the museum’s Tour Coordinator with at least 2 weeks notice prior to your group’s visit. Be aware that the months of December, May and June are very busy–please be sure to call early!

School Admission Prices

How do I Reserve a Visit to The History Museum & Studebaker National Museum?
  • Check your calendar and pick a couple of dates and times that you would be able to visit us.

    Before contacting our Tour Coordinator, please consider:


    How much time do I have for this visit? Remember that a tour of the Oliver Mansion will take at least 1.5 hours or more, depending on how many students you are bringing. Please take this into consideration.


    Will my students need to eat lunch on premises? We have plenty of places for your students to eat a sack lunch.


    Am I in the same time zone as The History Museum? The History Museum is on the same time as New York City (Eastern Standard Time).


    If you leave a voicemail for our Tour Coordinator, please make sure to leave a call-back number!

  • Decide what area(s) of the museum you would like your class to visit:

    A visit to Kidsfirst Children’s Museum


    A guided tour of the Oliver Mansion


    A visit to Voyages Gallery


    Self-guided or guided tour of our current exhibit


    Self-guided or guided tour of Studebaker National Museum


    Reserve a spot at one of our school programs:


    Our annual Cabin Days School Program


    Our annual Fur Trade School Program


    Our annual Civil War School Program


    OR a combination of the above…

  • Contact our Tour & Volunteer Coordinator:

    Phone: (574) 235-9664, ext. 239



Pre-visit and Museum Curriculum You can Use

History Resources for Schools

This is a fun and online way for students (and teachers) to learn different topics of history (local, nation, and world). It is an online learning center that is periodically updated with new information and new sections of learning. Check it out at or click this paragraph.

Voyages Gallery Activity Sheet for Grades K-3

Voyages Gallery Activity Sheet for Grades 4-6

Oliver Mansion Booklet

Cemetery Tours Booklet

Want to Download?

Visit The History Museum Education Department’s Google Drive to download the curriculum and activity sheets we have available: click here

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The History Museum's School Programs

Cabin Days School Program

October 8-11, 2019

During Cabin Days, volunteers dressed as pioneers demonstrate trades and recreation common in the 1830s. Lively interaction often occurs as students, eager to learn about life “back then,” ask questions of the “pioneers” they visit. A blacksmith forges tools that were used in pioneer days and a woodsman shows how logs were cut. Students sit in rows as the “school marm” teaches lessons and a “doctor” speaks of the uses of leeches in treating fevers and other maladies. Students can walk through the Navarre Cabin to see the interior of the home built by Pierre Navarre, the first European to settle permanently in the area. In 2006, the Navarre Cabin underwent an extensive renovation, which included repair and replacement of original logs and reconstruction of windows. The program is designed for grades 3 and up.

The Fur Trade School Program

March 19-22, 2019

Students gain insight into the importance of the fur trade in northern Indiana during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. They examine silver crosses and animal furs to learn how European explorers bartered with Native Americans for goods. A view of axes, guns, traps, and such household items as a bone needle used in making clothing teaches the self-sufficiency of the fur traders. Following an audio/visual presentation, classes board their buses to travel to Riverview Cemetery, the site of the 1679 landing of French explorer LaSalle. From that point, students walk the portage used by LaSalle and countless numbers of Native Americans, explorers, voyageurs, and fur traders as they journeyed through this area.

The Civil War School Program

April 9-12, 2019

Civil War reenactors interact with students to give them insights and perspectives of Civil War soldiers’ lives. A presentation provides background information. The program is design for grades 3 and up. This program contains images of wartime violence and may not be suitable for all audiences.

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