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'What's the Big Idea' Guided Tour | Wisconsin Historical Society

Field Trip or Tour

'What's the Big Idea' Guided Tour

Wisconsin Historical Museum Field Trip

'What's the Big Idea' Guided Tour | Wisconsin Historical Society

If your school or class is working on a project-based lesson or is taking part in the National History Day program, this field trip is for you. On this guided tour students will:

  • Gain insight into basic museum exhibit design principals and research methods to aid in the development of student projects.
  • Hear content experts explalin historical arguments supported by evidence as an approachable way to navigate Museum exhibits.
  • Learn to draw upon Wisconsin history as a case study for historical inquiry, research and analysis.

Our object-based learning model challenges students to "Think Like a Historian" by encouraging them to think critically, make personal connections, and to evaluate information by asking "why," "how," and most importantly, "how do you know?"

Wisconsin Historical Museum field trips support and enhance core language arts standards while uniquely providing a different learning environment for students. Museum programs support "Common Core English Language Arts Standards for Reading: Informational Text and Speaking and Listening." Program content and Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions standards will vary based on the personality of the content expert who guides the group through the Museum. Learn more about how our tours meet Wisconsin's standards.

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Wisconsin Historical Museum

Appealing exhibit design helps tell the stories about Museum artifacts

Program Details
Length60 minutes
AvailabilityTuesday-Friday, year-round
Maximum group size120
LocationWisconsin Historical Museum located in downtown Madison at the corner of West Mifflin Street and North Carroll Street on the Capitol Square
LunchTime can be scheduled for students to visit the Museum store, watch a film in our theatre, or eat a sack lunch in our seasonal exhibit space
Grade LevelSecondary students

$4 per student

$4 per adult chaperone, fees are waived for school employees

Schools with a 50 percent or greater economic disadvantage rate as determined by the Department of Public Instruction may qualify for reduced rates. Groups visiting during January and February may also qualify for fee reductions

Reserve Your Field Trip

Call our Tour Services Coordinator at 608-264-6557 or email us in advance to reserve your field trip. We will work with you to identify your group needs and tailor a program to enhance your Museum visit. Learn more about Museum Field Trip Reservations.

About the Wisconsin Historical Museum

The Museum features artifacts and exhibits that tell about the stories and shared experiences of the many cultures that settled in this remarkable state.

Directions, Transportation, Parking

To get directions, parking maps, and more, see Location and Directions to the Museum.

Learn More

To get the latest information our exhibits, field trip packages, and tips for a successful visit, see Wisconsin Historical Museum field trips.