Education

A volunteer dressed as a school teacher conducts class in the 1890s one room school house.

Bring your class to the Michigan History Museum for fun and learning! Our field trip experiences and programs are an excellent supplement to your classroom instruction. See our current program offerings below, and check out our guide for planning your visit

COVID-19 Information for school and group visits, tours and programs:

  • The museum is open to scheduled groups only Mondays - Thursdays. Please enter the building from the Kalamazoo Street entrance, where a staff member will be waiting to greet your group.
  • Per DTMB Procedure 0210.11, all visitors to the Michigan Library and Historical Center building must wear a face mask. A face mask is defined as an N95/KN95/KN94 respirator or other multi-layered breathable fabric that completely covers the nose and mouth, fitting snugly against the sides of the face. View the full face mask policy [PDF], which includes exemptions.
  • The building lunch room is open. The lunch room cannot be scheduled; it is first come first served. Please be advised that there will be no monitoring or additional cleaning of this space.
  • For safety reasons, no food or beverages will be allowed in the building except the lunch room. If it is full, your group will not be allowed to eat in the rotunda or in any common area of the building. There are picnic tables outside the the building, and the second floor courtyard space is available for outside dining. 

General Tour

The general tour is a self-guided visit of the Michigan History Museum's permanent exhibits. Admission is $4 per student (ages 6-17); one teacher and paraprofessionals are free; one chaperon for every 10 students is free. Additional adults are welcomed to join at $8 per person. Plan approximately 90 minutes for your visit.

Reservations for general tours are made by calling Michigan Capitol Tour Services at 517-373-2353. Dates become available for making reservations one year in advance.

Guided Tours

A knowledgeable volunteer docent will lead your class through Michigan history, from the end of the last ice age through the mid 20th century. Guided tours last approximately 90 minutes. Admission is $7 per student, with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 students per tour. One teacher and paraprofessionals are free; one chaperon fore every 10 students is free. Additional adults are welcomed to join at $8 per person. 

Paid programs for adult groups are available for $9 per person.

Reservations for guided tours are made by calling the Michigan History Museum directly at 517-335-2581. Please be advised that all programs must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

BIG History

The Michigan History Museum can become your classroom for an entire week. 

Learn517 Homeschool Programs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Learn517 program is on hiatus. Plans to hold limited programs in the 2021-2022 year are in development. More information will be available in late September 2021. 

The Michigan History Museum has teamed up with Impression 5 Science Center, REACH Studio Art Center and Woldumar Nature Center to offer dynamic learning environments where homeschoolers can explore monthly themes through the disciplines of art, science, nature and history. Each partner organization takes a turn hosting a Learn517 program for students aged 6 to 11 on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per student and $4 per adult. 

Field Trip Resources

Teacher Resources

Visit the Michigan History Center's Michiganology website for all our educational materials. 

Updated 09/01/2021