A guest plays with some tusks collections

Virtual Field Trips

Field Trips

New for the ‘20 – ‘21 School Year

Building on what teachers and students love about a Wisconsin Historical Museum field trip, these live interactive programs will use students’ critical thinking skills to solve mysteries related to Wisconsin history.

Designed for grades 3-5, these 30-minute programs are inquiry-driven and fun! In order to have the most interactive and engaging experience, each program is intended for 1 classroom at a time.

Teachers can register for individual programs at $50 each or a package of 4 programs at a discount (4 for $150). These can be scheduled throughout the school year, each program a different mystery. Museum staff will host each program, acting as the facilitator and leading students through each mystery.

History Mysteries

Virtual Field Trips

A Mississippian Mystery

Where did the museum’s Aztalan house come from? Students will learn how archaeologists use objects to reconstruct the past, using a 1,000 year-old Native American house as a case study.

The Aztalan structure at the Wisconsin Historical Museum

The Mystery in the Mine

Who stole the miner’s tools? Students follow the clues to solve the mystery and learn what life was like for lead miners, including the previously untold stories of Black lead miners in Wisconsin.

The entrance to the Mine at the Historic Museum

The Riddle of the Red Roses

Who put red roses on our suffrage display? Students will uncover the history of voting rights and who was included and excluded from the women’s suffrage movement.

A few mannequins wearing the Suffrage Vests standing at the forefront of the Women's Suffrage exhibit

Symbol Sleuths

Does the state flag represent Wisconsin? Learn the symbols of the flag and what they mean – and what is missing.

Dr. Babcock’s Mystery Machine

What is this mysterious object? Students will analyze Stephen Babcock’s butterfat tester and learn why Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland.

Buttercup the Holstein Dairy Cow

Pricing & Scheduling


2020 School Year
Registration for digital field trips will open to all groups starting on October 5, 2020

Monday – Friday



Booking for Fall 2020

Each field trip slot includes 30 minutes of 1 program with 1 class at a time.

Each program can accommodate a maximum of 30 participants.


Buy 3, get 1 free!
The more adventures you go on, the more you save!

$50 for 1 program
$150 for 4 programs (buy 3 get 1 free!)

Contact Us

To schedule a digital field trip, please email our Education Team.



Field trips are available year-round.


Student $5
Additional adults $5
Teachers Free

Reduced Fee Qualifications

  • Schools with a 50 percent or greater economic disadvantage rate, as determined by the Department of Public Instruction, may qualify for reduced rates.

Curriculum Standards for Field Trips

Thinking Like a Historian

The Wisconsin Historical Museum practices the “Thinking Like a Historian: Rethinking History Instruction” (TLH) inquiry-based educational theory. TLH provides a common language among educators and students. The theory allows for the historical process to be combined with historical categories of inquiry which promotes historical literacy.

Wisconsin Model Academic Standards

Wisconsin Historical Museum field trips support and enhance core language arts standards while uniquely providing a different learning environment for students. Museum programs support “Common Core English Language Arts Standards for Reading: Informational Text and Speaking and Listening.”