1. What do I do about student lunches?
We ask that all lunches remain on the school bus during the field trip and are eaten either on the bus or in Hermann Park unless other arrangements have been made. School groups also have the option of purchasing food from the McDonald’s in the Museum. Click here for the teacher order form.
2. What if I have fewer than ten students?
Groups of fewer than 10 students may still book a field trip; however, they will be charged for 10 students plus any chaperones. Our representatives are available to help determine the most cost-efficient method for your group to visit the Museum. Regular admission tickets may be purchased at the box office at any time.
For an established field trip, the person who booked the trip should call (713) 639-4659 at any time prior to the day of arrival to add or subtract people from the reservation. Groups that fall below 10 students will be charged for 10 students plus any chaperones.
3. How many chaperones do I need?
We require one chaperone for every group of ten students, and the chaperone must remain with their student group at all times. Chaperones must be at least 21 years of age and must wear their chaperone sticker.
4. Can I change my itinerary?
Adding or removing venues from a reservation requires a 24-hour notice. On the day of the trip, after the tickets have been printed, nothing on the reservation may be changed.
5. How do I pay for my field trip?
Field trips may be paid for in advance, by calling 713-639-4659 or mailing a check, or on the day of the trip. If you choose to pay on the day of the trip, the Museum will accept school district checks, credit cards, or cash (large bills only). A purchase order (PO) will not be accepted. Field trips must be paid for in one transaction. All students and chaperones on the reservation should give their payment to one person who will present the money at the box office.
6. Do you have curriculum? What about the TEKS?
The Museum offers customized TEKS-based curriculum, available at hmns.org/curriculum to accompany your field trip. These free units are designed to make the field trip experience educationally sound and fun and include a TEKS-aligned knowledge hunt and extension activities for grades K-8. High school curriculum is available, with a two week notice, upon request.
7. The Museum is so large; how can I focus my trip so my students get the most out of it?
Our new field trip packages, available at hmns.org/ftpackages, allow teachers to theme their field trips based on a specific topic of their choice. Available on a first come, first serve basis, these packages help teachers align their trips to their curriculum goals.
8. Can we see special/traveling exhibitions?
Absolutely! Visit our Exhibitions page at hmns.org/exhibits for more information about what is currently on display.
9. Are guided tours available?
Yes. Specially-trained docents are available to lead tours of the Museum's permanent exhibit halls and deliver hands-on presentations with touch carts located in the exhibit halls. Docent-led tours available for schools and groups may be booked through the Box Office. Tours are approximately 30 - 45 minutes long, and two week notice is required.
Cost: $10 per docent, one docent for every 10 people, including chaperones
Time: 10 am - Noon
10. Does the Museum offer programs for younger children?
The Museum's Early Investigations Program is geared specifically to 5 - 7 year-olds. This program combines a 45-minute, hands-on classroom program with a 45-minute tour of a Museum exhibit hall. Eight topics are available: Texas Wildlife, Paleontology, Under the Sea, Native North Americans, Native Latin Americans, Africa, Egypt and the Insect Zoo. Two week notice is required.
Cost: $5, includes admission to either Permanent Exhibit Halls OR Cockrell Butterfly Center
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
When: Tuesday-Thursday, October-May (excluding December)
Max: 50 students plus chaperones
Min: 10 students plus chaperones
11. Are there any hands-on programs for students?
Bringing a group to HMNS or HMNS Sugar Land? Explore science, nature and history in our interactive science labs which feature specimens, artifacts and laboratory equipment. Each lab lasts one hour and accommodates up to 25 students. Labs cost range between $165 per lab and $200 (for Dissection Lab*) and include admission to the Museum's Permanent Exhibit Halls.
Have a question this FAQ doesn’t answer? Contact us at 713-639-4659 or fieldtrips@hmns.