FAM

School & Youth Programs

First American Museum seeks to inspire respect for and respectful curiosity about the 39 tribes in Oklahoma today through offerings for K–12 teachers and youth serving organizations. Contact the Learning & Community Engagement department at learn@famok.org

School & Youth Tours

K–12 schools and youth-serving organizations (i.e. Boys and Girls Club or day camps) are honored guests at FAM! The museum offers a guided highlights tour that activates critical thinking, encourages dialogue and aligns with curricular standards.

Good to know:

  • All groups agree to read and follow visit guidelines
  • Pricing is $4 per student in grades K–7 and $6 per student in grades 8–12
  • FAM requires one adult chaperone per 10 students
  • School/program staff and chaperones enjoy free admission
  • Boxed lunches are available for advance purchase (limited indoor eating areas in June and July)

To submit a visit request, please complete this form no fewer than three weeks prior to your desired visit date.

FAM invites homeschool families and consortia to participate in Home Educator Days, which will feature reduced admission and special programming to best fit the needs of your group. Join our mailing list to learn about upcoming Home Educator Days as they are announced.

Additionally, FAM members receive free admission year-round in addition to other perks. Become a member and support our mission! 

Teachers and bus drivers are free. FAM requires a minimum of one adult chaperone for every 10 students, including for high school groups. The required chaperones are free, and additional adults are $8. Adults not paid for by the school will be charged standard admission. 

If you need FAM to complete vendor paperwork, email your request to learn@famok.org. You may find a copy of our W9 here. 

Boxed lunches are offered through our partners at NMS. To set NMS up as a vendor, please email david.taylor@nmsusa.com

FAM accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Credit card, cash or check upon entry
  • Invoice after the visit

Schools only pay for the actual students present for the tour. Teachers must arrive with an accurate count of students. 

Visit times vary:

  • Guided tours are one hour and 15 minutes (max. 60 students for OKLA HOMMA and 45 for WINIKO)
  • A trip to the FAM Mound peak takes 20–30 minutes
  • Lunch takes 30–45 minutes
  • FAMtheater shows last about one hour (schedule varies—inquire at desk when you arrive)
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Yes! Schools may reserve a lunch space on a first-come, first-served basis when completing their reservation. Schools may bring their own lunches, but refrigeration is not provided. 

When scheduling a tour through our reservation form, you may request a guided tour of either OKLA HOMMA or WINIKO: Life of an Object. Following your one-hour tour, students may visit the other exhibition, FAMstore, FAMtheater, and the Mound, if open. Chaperones must stay with their students at all times during their visit. 

School tours are written at an age appropriate level and align with Oklahoma Academic Standards in Social Studies, Oklahoma History and United States History. 

FAM can provide tours of OKLA HOMMA for up to 60 students. For the WINIKO: Life of an Object exhibition, we can accommodate 45 students. Larger groups may need to alternate between assigned activities or stagger arrival. Be advised that you may need to bring your students over the course of several days.

Tours are available throughout the year Wednesday–Friday. Mondays are reserved for JOM, Indian Education and other tribal groups. Days are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The museum is closed Tuesdays.

FAM requires one adult per chaperone for every 10 students. When calculating the number of chaperones needed, please round up (i.e., 32 students requires four chaperones). We encourage a 5:1 student-to-chaperone ratio.

Guidelines for chaperones:

  • Assist the docent in holding student attention and keeping the group together
  • Monitor your assigned student group at all times while at FAM and ensure they follow behavioral expectations
  • Refrain from talking with other chaperones or talking on your cell phone during the visit
  • Help encourage a positive learning environment!
Educator Advisory Board

FAM will convene advisory boards of education professionals, including Indian Education administrators, curriculum specialists and classroom teachers, especially those teaching visual and performing arts, social studies, and Oklahoma and United States History. If you are interested, please submit an application here.

Professional Development

FAM will provide essential professional development opportunities to classroom teachers in a variety of disciplines, including visual and performing arts, social studies, Oklahoma and United States history and STEM. To stay updated on offerings, please click here