Field Trip – FAQs

Who is eligible for an education field trip to the Bishop Museum?

How do I make a reservation for my school group?

What is the process once I make a reservation?

How much does an education field trip cost?

Can my students use their Bishop Museum membership for an education field trip?

When should I make reservations for my school group’s field trip?

How many chaperones need to accompany our school group?

Can we bring lunch to the museum?

What payment methods do you accept and when should we pay?

What happens if I need to cancel our trip or make changes to the schedule?

What does a typical field trip day look like ?

Am I allowed to visit the museum prior to my school group’s visit?

 

Who is eligible for an education field trip to the Bishop Museum?

  • The following rates and programs are valid only for schools in the Hawaiian Islands (preschool through 12th grade).
  • For other groups, including college groups (from Hawaii and elsewhere), K-12 school groups from continental US, adult groups and others, please call Bishop Museum Visitor Services at 808.848.4168 or email Jennifer Poloa.

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How do I make a reservation for my school group?

  • If you are a Hawaii-based, Pre K through 12th grade school, you can make a reservation as follows:
  • Please have the following information ready:
    • School/School Type
    • Three alternate dates
    • Contact Person
    • Phone/Email
    • Number of students
    • Grade or Age
    • Number of adults
    • Arrival and departime time

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What is the process once I make a reservation?

  • Once a reservation request is received, we first confirm the date of your visit.
  • Once the date is confirmed, we will work with you on creating a schedule of programs for the day of your visit.
  • Once your day’s schedule is set, we will send you a final confirmation with instructions for the day of your visit, the day’s schedule and a map of the museum.
  • Full payment for the field trip must be made no later than three weeks before the scheduled date of the field trip

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How much does an education field trip cost?

    • Fees for Hawaii-based Pre K – 12th grade schools are listed below.  This is a “one price includes all” cost; in other words there are no additional costs for educational programs.
      • Students: $5.00*
      • Adults (beyond the ‘free chaperone’ limit): $6.00

Please review our Payment and Cancellation Policies

  • You are eligible for these fees ONLY IF:
    • Reservations are made at least three weeks in advance
    • You have a minimum of 5 students
    • Your students are Hawai‘i residents
    • Your students are Preschool – Grade 12
    • You bring the required number of chaperones
    • Your field trip is during the school year and not during an intercession break

*Intercession groups (winter, spring, summer, etc.) are subject to a $8 per student rate.

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Can my students use their Bishop Museum membership for an education field trip?

  • For students: because we are providing customized education programs for the students, passes and discountscannot be applied to the school visit fees..
  • For adults: adults and chaperones are able to use their membership passes in place of paying the chaperone fee.

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When should I make reservations for my school group’s field trip?

  • 2-3 months in advance is the recommended time frame in which a field trip should be booked in order to ensure date availability.
  • Minimally, reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance.
  • For groups making reservations less than three weeks in advance:
    • Planetarium may not available
    • Guided tours may not available
    • Your students will not be eligible for the education rate
    • Payment in full is due at the time of confirmation. Payment is nonrefundable.

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How many chaperones need to accompany our school group?

  • To maintain a quality experience for all of our visitors, the minimum number of required adults are as follows:
    • Preschool – K: 1 adult per 5 students
    • Grades 1-12: 1 adult per 10 students
  • Required adults are FREE. Additional chaperones are $6 each.

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Can we bring lunch to the museum?

  • Yes. Bishop Museum does have covered lunch areas and your group will be booked into a lunch area if you wish to have lunch during your visit.
  • Please bring lunches in boxes or bags with school name printed on the outside. We will assign a storage area for your lunches as they will not be allowed in the museum’s buildings.

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What payment methods do you accept and when should we pay?

  • Full payment for the field trip must be made no later than three weeks before the scheduled date of the field trip
  • School Purchase Orders (preferred), checks, cash (must be exact as change is not given)

Please review our Payment and Cancellation Policies

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What does a typical field trip day look like ?

  • A typical field trip begins at 9am, includes about 2 hours of programming that is decided upon by you and our education staff prior to your visit, and concludes with lunch on campus.
  • The earliest arrival time to the museum is at 9am.
  • Depending on the age of your students, your daily schedule can be from 1 hour up to 3 hours, including lunch..

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Am I allowed to visit the museum prior to my school group’s visit?

  • All Hawai‘i teachers may visit the museum at no charge any day prior to your scheduled visit to become familiar with the Museum grounds and exhibits.  Please contact the Bishop Museum education department (848-4168 orschoolgroups@bishopmuseum.org) to set up this visit.

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