Museum open on Monday, 6/19. IL residents get free admission MORE

Please note that we are doing our best to meet field trip demand, but the dates you are interested in may already be filled. We have limited availability in April for groups of 25 students or fewer that do not need lunch seating reservations. We have limited availability in May. You will receive a reply to your reservation request as soon as possible.

We are open and ready to help you plan a self-guided field trip for grades 3 and up. At this time, we are not accepting on-site visit requests for kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Student groups are not required to show proof of vaccination. While masks are recommended and appreciated, they are no longer required. We recommend you follow your district and school guidelines regarding masking when planning for your Museum visit.

Please complete our online form to request a field trip visit for grades 3 and up.

Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures. Discover how we support your instructional goals through our online resources and virtual field trips.

Explore the connections between the past, present, and future.

Field trips to the Chicago History Museum enable students to interact with artifacts, documents, works of art, interactives, learning stations, and more. See, hear, experience, and even touch history to develop an understanding of the past and how it informs our present.

Need help planning your visit? Get more information, along with on-site student worksheets and answers to your frequently asked questions.

Pre-K and Kindergarden

Our Crazy for Trains discovery bags help your students delve into Chicago’s amazing transportation history through role play, manipulatives, read-aloud books, and song. Learn more.

Please note that on-site field trips for pre-K and kindergarten are currently suspended.


From activity stations to workshops, elementary students will use their senses to connect to the choices and challenges Chicagoans faced as their city grew and developed. Explore field trip options.

Please note that on-site field trips for elementary school students are available only for grades 3 and up.

Middle and High School

Enjoy an audio tour or become a curator in our Facing Freedom workshop. Voice and civic learning are at the heart of our experiences for middle and high school students. Explore field trip options.


Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago Stories