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A trip to the nation’s capital, usually by charter bus rental, combined with overnight stay and immersion into the rich history of the United States. How can any student forget their Washington, D.C. trip? From the array of museums within the Smithsonian Institutions, to the famous theaters, such as Ford Theatre, or to trips to the monuments, the opportunities to visit historical locations and experience firsthand what was being studied, are endless. For those interested in government, make sure to visit the White House, Supreme Court, and the Capitol Building.
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It’s a challenge to schedule a field trip these days: budget cuts, a focus on testing, and a shortage of chaperones are just some of the barriers. However, field trips are not only relevant to educators and students, they are critical.
Here, we’ve gathered several field trip ideas for Washington D.C. If you’re looking for a science field trip, D.C. has many spots to choose from. There’s also an abundance of locations where you can study history and government. To help you start planning your Washington D.C. field trip itinerary, we have several popular destinations and a brief overview.
Perhaps what’s most important to know about the National Air and Space Museum, is that it has two locations! One is in D.C., the other, in Virginia. Both facilities offer free field trips. The museum offers tours, imax movie exhibitions, and specific-topic focused presentations where students can get hands-on experience with things like flight, telescopes, and STEM activities. Top flight exhibits to watch out for include an Apollo lunar module, the 1903 Wright flyer, and the Spirit of St. Louis. The museum does have very specific chaperone requirements, based on the students’ age, so make sure to check that out.
The Einstein Planetarium is part of the National Air and Space Museum. While admission to the museum is free, there are priced tickets for the movies that the planetarium shows. The planetarium has a 77-foot domed theater screen and the 8k screen is one fo the most advanced in the country. Students can experience an immersive 360 degree experience of the world and the stars. Individual tickets are $9, usually, however there are discount rates for field trip group sizes. It is currently closed until 2022 as it undergoes revitalization and transformation.
The National Museum of National History is part of the Smithsonian museum system. It was founded in 1846 along with the Smithsonian Institution and the first exhibit hall was in what is now known as the Smithsonian Castle. The museum is located on the National Mall, at 10th and Constitution Avenue. Admission is free and they are open every day except for Christmas Day. When you go, you can’t miss the giant African Bush elephant when you first enter. Make sure to check out the gems and rocks hall, where the Hope Diamond is on display, as well as the Ancient Egypt exhibit, also on the second floor.
The White House tour is free of charge, however it can be a challenge to obtain tickets. If you’re bringing a class, your best bet is probably to visit the President’s Park, where the White House Visitor Center is located. President’s Park is through the National Park Service, and they offer several school programs. Most of them last between 1.5 hours and 4 hours. Your students can learn about past presidents, as well as develop some critical thinking skills. These programs can accommodate up to 60 participants, including teachers and chaperones. There are also online lesson plans, if you would like to prepare your students ahead of time.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in September 2016, nearly 13 years after it was first established (December 2003). The museum, like all Smithsonian museums, is free to visit. However, due to its popularity, tickets for entry must be acquired ahead of time. It is the only museum that focuses solely on African American life; their collection exceeds 36,000 artifacts, although only about 10% of that is on display at a time. The museum features exhibits that explore African American contributions to music, the history of slavery, the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and other rotating special exhibits. Currently there’s an exhibit, “Chez Baldwin”, featuring James Baldwin’s home in the South of France.