School Visitation

Book early!

We are excited to offer school programs to complement and enhance elementary and middle school student learning. Our goal is to make history, art, and culture come alive through our engaging exhibits, guided tours, and facilitated programs.

This year, the museum is offering exciting and educational programming for school field trips. A day at the museum includes: a visit to the featured exhibits and a tour of the historic Campbell House, plus your choice of two guided programs.

 

PROGRAMS

TEACHERS WILL BE ABLE TO SELECT ONE PROGRAM FROM A, B, C, & D.

Download Program Description Overview

A) GALLERY TOUR OF FEATURED EXHIBIT

Self-guided tour – exhibits change often, review dates [45 minutes]

B) HISTORIC CAMPBELL HOUSE TOUR

Guided tour - appropriate for grade level [45 minutes] 

  1. Day in the Life (K - 2nd)
  2. Technology and Innovation (3rd - 5th)
  3. Design and Architecture (6th – 8th)

C) MUSEUM PROGRAM

Guided program with museum educators [45 minutes] 

  1. Thinking Through Art
  2. Salmon and Plateau Living From Since Time Immemorial

D) CLASSROOM PROGRAM  

Guided program with museum educators [45 minutes]

  1. Fossils
  2. Botany
  3. Watersheds
  4. Studio Painting
  5. Studio Printmaking
  6. Featured Exhibit Lab 
    (Papyrus in 2016 OR Paleontology in 2017)

 

Museum is open for field trips Tuesdays – Fridays.
Programs begin at 9:45 A.M. and end at 2:00 P.M.

Cost is $5 per student.
Minimum of 50 students.
Maximum of 4 classes (120 students).

School group visitors will stay with their individual classes.
We will create and provide you with your field trip schedule.

Required: Pre-registration two full weeks prior to
your visit to participate in a School Visit Program.

Please note: Homelink and home school we recommend 1 to 5 ratio of chaperones/parents.
 

Any chaperones exceeding this amount ratios will be charged $5.
(Effective November 2016)

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

Step 1: Click on the "Make a Reservation!" link below. You will be asked to reserve a day for your visit with a $20 deposit. Include your school name, your name, other teachers names, grade level, number of classes and total number of students anticipated. 
Step 2: You will receive a confirmation email, including your reservation number and a private web address to register for your specific program choices.
Step 3: Log onto the private web address and select ONE program from each of the four drop down options. Continue to check out. A confirmation of programs will be emailed to you.
Step 4: You will pay the remainder of your balance due upon arrival. 

Tips

  • Collaborate with your colleagues to bring a group that fits within the minimum and maximum numbers. Groups are limited to a MINIMUM of 50 students and a MAXIMUM of 4 classes.
  • Groups smaller than 50 may still pay the minimum fee of $250 to reserve the day, which will cover our staff and resources.
  • Prior to bringing your students, we encourage you to pre-visit the museum. Check in at Admissions with your teacher ID and reservation.
  • We recommend a minimum of 3 chaperones and a maximum of 6 chaperones - per class.

Grants

Target Field Trip Grants program will award up to $700 to fund a field trip for students during the school year. The deadline for the current school year has passed.
For more information and notifications for the upcoming school year, please go to: 
https://targetfieldtripgrants.target.com/reminder/

Windermere Real Estate Foundation also awards grants for field trips for students during the school year. For more information about the foundation and to apply please go to:
http://www.windermere.com/foundation/

Questions

If you have questions regarding this process, please call (509) 456-3931 and ask for the education department.

Make a Reservation!

Other Group Visits

High school, college, university or other groups can book a museum visit by contacting Visitor Services directly. See our Self-Guided visitation page for more information.

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation of a museum visit is necessary, contact Visitor.Services@northwestmuseum.org immediately. If the cancellation is made two weeks prior to the scheduled visit, the $20 deposit will be refunded. If the cancellation is made in less than two weeks of the scheduled visit, the $20 deposit will not be returned.