Field Trips

Field Trips

School-aged youth are honored guests at FAM! The museum offers a guided highlights tour that activates critical thinking, encourages dialogue and aligns with curricular standards.

About FAM Field Trips:

  • Three weeks prior notice is required for a reservation
  • All groups agree to read and follow visit guidelines
  • Pricing is $4 per student in grades 3–7 and $6 per student in grades 8–12
  • FAM requires one adult chaperone per 10 students; additional adults (excluding bus drivers) are $8
  • School/program staff and chaperones enjoy free admission
  • Boxed lunches ($12/ea plus tax) are available for advance purchase
  • FREE admission for Title I schools in Oklahoma

Summer Daycare Policy:
The following applies for summer groups coming with students under 3rd grade, including those bringing mixed ages. FAM does not recommend visits to the museum for children entering 2nd grade or below.

  • Docent-led tours are not available for these groups—FAM will share some activities that teachers may facilitate in the galleries and on-site at the museum.
  • Visits to FAMstore are not available.
  • On-site space for lunch is not available. At this time, FAM does not permit picnic lunches due to wind and the likelihood of inclement weather.
  • Visits should be limited to two hours.
Tour Experiences Offered:
  • OKLA HOMMA (one hour; max. 60 students)—this four-stop tour addresses the historical stories of the 39 tribes in Oklahoma today. This highlights tour will NOT include the entire first floor, but groups are welcome to explore on their own after their tour concludes. Ideal for educators seeking to meet social studies or history content standards. Available weekdays.
  • WINIKO: Life of an Object (one hour; max. 45 students)—a three-stop tour that investigates the galleries on the mezzanine level. Best for schools interested in viewing historic objects, and in particular those seeking to meet visual arts standards. Available weekdays.
  • Self-Guided Tour (grades 9-12 only during the week; 3–12 on weekends)—groups of any size may choose to plan and lead their own tour of the exhibitions. Reservations for self-guided tours are required.
Need help or have additional questions? Email [email protected] or schedule time for a callback. The FAM program scheduling assistant is in the office Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FAM invites homeschool families and consortia to participate in Homeschool Days, which will feature reduced admission and special programming to best fit the needs of your group.

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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)

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–Sunday.  Mondays are reserved for JOM, Indian Education and other tribal groups. Available spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The museum is closed Tuesdays. 

Docent-led tours are not available on Saturdays and Sundays. Schools and youth-serving organizations will still benefit from discounted admission.

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!