Create a field trip experience your students won’t forget.
You’ll find all of the information you need to schedule and plan a visit with your students right here.
Step 1: Mix and match from self-guided and guided components.
Self-Guided Field Trip Components
At the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway:
A Kentucky Journey
- “A Kentucky Journey” introduces students to 12,000 years of Kentucky history with walk-through environments and interactive displays. Students will examine primary sources from pre-history through the 20th century and gain an understanding of how Kentucky has expanded and evolved over time.
- A scavenger hunt activity is available for this activity and is included in the materials you will receive when we confirm your reservation. You also can access it via the additional field trip information at the bottom of this page.
- Length: 60 minutes. Group Size: Up to 100 students
Hall of Governors
- This gallery contains portraits of every Kentucky governor except the present one (there’s a reason for that which you’ll see in the exhibit). Students will learn about each governor’s administration and the evolution of the governor’s office. Interactive touch screens prompt thought and students can write their thoughts on a note board.
- Length: 15 minutes. Group Size: 50
At the Kentucky Military History Museum, State Arsenal, 125 E. Main St:
Kentucky Military Treasures
- Kentucky Military Treasures tells the stories of Kentuckians and their participation in nearly 200 years of conflicts and showcases the equipment they used. The building itself, the former State Arsenal, dates to 1850 and is part of military history. During the Civil War, it housed a cartridge factory that employed many women and was a point of defense for the capital city.
- Lesson plans to prepare for your visit are among the materials we will send when we confirm your visit.
- Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour. Group Size: Up to 75 students
Guided Field Trip Components
At the Old State Capitol:
Capital at Work
- Students explore Kentucky’s legislative branch and discover who makes the rules in Kentucky as well as the Old State Capitol’s use in the 19th century. The Old State Capitol was the Kentucky capitol from 1830 to 1910.
- Length: 1 hour. Group Size: Up to 75 students
Hands-on activities to enhance your students’ visit to KHS.
Cost: $2 per student per lab. Time: 60 minutes. Max group size: 40
Practice observation skills by viewing 2D artifacts related to a theme of your choice. Next, collaborate with classmates to handle, draw, and interpret 3D objects from our teaching collection.
Learn about Kentucky inventors and the challenges they faced to create something new and improved. Each student will draw their own patent and build a model of their invention with paper straws.
Work collaboratively to create a short performance piece inspired by primary source materials. Teachers can select from one of our existing themes or suggest another.
Use the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library for a class project such as a paper, documentary, performance or website. Staff will teach students research and citation techniques.
Step 2: Plan Your Day
Field trips for groups of 10 or more are available year-round. We require that trips be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and accept reservations on a first-come basis. Note: March, April and May are the busiest months of the year. Make your reservations as early as possible.
Field Trip Times
The earliest you may arrive for a field trip is 9 a.m. You may visit “A Kentucky Journey” and the Kentucky Military History Museum anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Field trip tour times for the Old State Capitol are 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Fees & Payment*
$5 per person. This includes all exhibits at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History and the Kentucky Military History Museum, as well as a guided tour of the Old State Capitol. An additional charge of $2 per student applies to any Learning Lab you schedule.
Payment is due upon check-in the day of your field trip. We accept cash, check (made out to the Kentucky Historical Society), credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or purchase order.
Scholarships are available. Get information.
There is no place to purchase food at the Kentucky Historical Society.
Your group may eat a brown-bag lunch in the Cralle-Day Garden behind the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History or on the Old State Capitol lawn.
If the weather does not permit an outdoor lunch, we will work to find a place inside.
When you arrive, front desk staff will direct you where to store your lunches.
One more thing to consider as you plan, restrooms at the Old State Capitol and at the Kentucky Military History Museum do not accommodate large groups of people. Plan to use the restrooms at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. They are on the first floor of the building, just inside the Ann Street door, the same entrance your group will use when you arrive.
Step 3: Book Your Field Trip
Use this form to book field trips. Have questions? Call 502-564-1792, Ext. 4408.