School Tours & Programs

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The Detroit Historical Museum provides engaging field trip experiences for students of all ages. Aligned with state social studies standards, our tours and programs will enhance any curriculum. We offer guided tours and self-guided tours. Guided school tours are docent lead and tour itineraries are listed below; guided school tours are for grades 3 through college. Groups of 15 or more of any grades can also explore the museum on their own as a self-guided tour and take advantage of the group rates.

School Tour Policies
  • There must be one chaperone for every 10 students; these tickets are free. Please let the Sales Coordinator know how many chaperones will be attending.
  • Should you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation, please contact our education team as soon as possible (313.833.1801), so we can accommodate your reservation changes.
  • We ask that self-guided groups of more than 15 call to make a group booking. This gives you access to the group rate and allows us to plan staffing accordingly.
  • Guided tours and programs must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance; self-guided tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
  • Guided tours are for grades 3 through college.
  • Payment can be made over the phone with a credit card, via Venmo, or via check according to your institution’s payment procedures.
 On-site Prices (includes general admission):
  • Self-Guided Experience: $5 per student
  • Scavenger Hunt Experience: $6 per student
  • Guided Tour Experience: $6 per student *Note: for every 10 students, one teacher/chaperone is free! Additional chaperones: $8 per adult
  • StoryLiving Program (at museum): $400 - flat rate for up to 120 students
  • StoryLiving Program (at your school): $450 - flat rate for up to 120 students
    *Mileage fee of $50.00 will be charged for venues located more than 30 miles from the Detroit Historical Museum. 
  • Workshops: $250 flat rate for up to 30 students
PDF Download our 2021-22 School Programs Planning Guide

 

 PDF Download our Pre-visit Museum Guide 

Funding the Fun is available for Title 1 Schools.

The Funding the Fun Program provides qualifying schools with a free field trip (onsite or virtual) and bus reimbursement up to $250 for the Detroit Historical Museum or Dossin Great Lakes Museum.  If your school’s free and reduced lunch price numbers are greater than 65%, your school is eligible for this program. Program funds are available at the beginning of each school year on a first come first serve basis. Contact the Education department at 313.833.1801 for more information.

Scavenger Hunt Experiences

We offer educators the opportunity to guide students as they explore our exhibits, examine artifacts, and uncover Detroit’s history on their own. With a scavenger hunt experience, teachers and chaperones work with small groups of students to facilitate engagement with the museum’s permanent exhibits. A scavenger hunt is a fun addition to a day at the museum!

  • Capacity: 10-100 students in small groups
  • Length: estimated 90 minutes
  • Cost: $6 students, $8 additional chaperones.  *Note: for every 10 students, one teacher/chaperone is free!
 

Guided Tours

Museum educators lead students through an interactive tour of key museum exhibits. The tours have been designed to meet Grade Level Content Expectations and Common Core Standards for grades 3 – 8, but our tour guides can accommodate students in grades 3 through college.

 
Historical Perspectives Tour

Recommended for 3rd - 12th grade

Native American footpaths started us on a journey that led to major industries (not just cars!) which brought the city of Detroit tremendous growth and waves of new immigrants. Students will explore over 300 years of the city’s development while immersing themselves in the understanding of the city’s landscape, the people who built it, and the growth we continue to see today.

  • Tour times: Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 2 p.m. (90 minutes estimate)
  • Max capacity: 120 participants
  • Cost: $6 students, $8 additional chaperones.  *Note: for every 10 students, one teacher/chaperone is free!
VIRTUAL TOUR
  • Tour times: Mondays - Wednesdays, 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
  • Tour length: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $250 per virtual experience for up to 60 students
Detroit Treblemakers

Recommended for 9th - 12th grade

From ragtime to rap, from McKinney to Motown, students will listen and dance their way through the social, economic and political history of Detroit and the United States while meeting the figures who shaped the soundscape of our country. They will learn not only the history that created Detroit’s music but also how Detroit music changed history.

  • Tour times: Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 2 p.m. (90 minutes estimate)
  • Max capacity: 60 participants
  • Cost: $6 students, $8 additional chaperones.  *Note: for every 10 students, one teacher/chaperone is free!
Detroit 67: Perspectives Facilitated Group Experience

Recommended for 9th - 12th grade

During this 90-minute facilitated experience of the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition, students will take part in discussions surrounding the significant economic, social and cultural factors that led to the turbulent summer of 1967. This experience allows students to fully engage, think through and draw conclusions about this tumultuous summer and its wider ramifications for Detroit.

  • Tour times: Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 2 p.m. (90 minutes estimate)
  • Max capacity: 60 participants
  • Cost: $6 students, $8 additional chaperones.  *Note: for every 10 students, one teacher/chaperone is free!
VIRTUAL TOUR
  • Tour times: Mondays - Wednesdays, 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
  • Tour length: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $250 per virtual experience for up to 60 students

A note to our visitors:

  • The Detroit 67: Perspectives facilitated experience is not a typical museum tour! (Typically, a museum guide will lead you through a space and talk to you about the information and objects you see.)
  • Because the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition is about events, people and social change, your facilitator will provide some key information regarding this history, but will then ask questions to generate dialogue and conversation about the topics in the exhibition. 
  • Audience participation is a key part of this experience.
  • Detroit 67: Perspectives highlights events and ideas that have the potential to be sensitive and personal. Issues of race, social unrest and economic injustice are all a part of what led to this period of civil unrest. 
  • As an institution, the Detroit Historical Society is not taking a position regarding these events, nor are we judging them. Our commitment is to present as many perspectives as possible from those who experienced the events first hand. 

 

Download our Detroit 67: Perspectives Educator Resource Packet

 

Programs

Our programs include hands-on educational fun through music, dance, storytelling, role playing and artifact exploration.

 
StoryLiving

Bring history to life by booking a StoryLiving program. In these interactive programs, a professional storyteller shares Detroit history with your students using drama, group pantomime, role playing, songs, and creative problem-solving.

  • At museum: $400 flat rate for up to 120 students
  • Virtual: $400 flat rate, no capacity limits
  • At your school: $450 flat rate *Mileage fee of $50.00 will be charged for venues located more than 30 miles from the Detroit Historical Museum.
The Underground Railroad

Recommended for 3rd grade

In the mid 1800s, thousands of African Americans escaped through Detroit on their way to freedom in Canada. Students will discover more about the Underground Railroad and the role Detroit played in it.

Block by Block

Recommended for 1st - 3rd grade

It’s been over 200 years since the Great Fire set the city of Detroit ablaze displacing over 700 residents. After the destruction, Detroiters did not abandon their city. Through strength and determination they set to work to rebuild Detroit, leaving the legacy of the city we see today. Students will become firefighters who must work together to save the community.

The Great Migration

Recommended for 4th & 5th grade

Over the course of six decades, nearly six million black southerners left the South and fanned out across the United States transforming urban America. Join us as we highlight three Detroit women and how the circumstances of their family’s migration and their experiences shaped who they were and defined the course of their lives in the 1920s, 1940s and the 1960s.

 

For more information on our programs or to book a field trip, please call us at 313.833.1801 or complete the short form below.

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