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Field Trips

Bring Local History to Life For Your Students

Give your kids a one-of-a-kind adventure to Charlotte’s past! Join us at the Charlotte Museum of History as we explore the history of our region through a series of interactive journeys. Visit the 1774 Hezekiah Alexander Homesite and our collection of unique artifacts that tell the story of Charlotte’s growth from a sleepy hamlet in the Carolina Backcountry to the major metropolitan city it is today. Your students will experience history up close and personal as they learn about the life of a backcountry patriot in early colonial Mecklenburg, join the American Revolution in Charlotte, learn how to survive on the edge of empire, and more!

We can schedule your field trip Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. We deliver most programs on-site at the Charlotte Museum of History, but we can also travel to your school for a nominal additional fee. Need a program delivered outside of our standard hours? Let’s talk about it!

Please email Mea Agazio, Education & Engagement Manager, at for more information.

Ready to book your program? Give us a call at 704.568.1774!

Schedule Your Visit Today!

We're happy to announce that we are now accepting field trip booking requests for the 2023-24 school year! Book your field trip today from the available options, or by visiting our Explorable Places profile. 

Field Trip FAQs

  • All field trip reservations are processed through our Explorable Places profile. Explorable Places is an online platform that connects educators with cultural destinations across the country.

    When you are ready to book, please call the museum at 704.568.1774, or reserve online via Explorable Places. Please note: if you have not previously booked through Explorable Places, you will need to create an account in order to submit a booking request.

  • Field trips generally run for 120-150 minutes depending on group size.

  • Prices may vary depending on your selected program and your school's Title I status, but prices are generally as follows:

    • Student: $6-$8/person
    • Chaperone: $5/person
    • Teacher/Educator (excludes homeschool and non-school groups): Free

    To view a specific program's pricing per person, please visit our Explorable Places profile.

  • Yes! We offer a discounted rate to all schools with a Title 1 designation. When requesting a field trip reservation on Explorable Places, please be sure to select the 'Title 1' option when prompted. 

  • We offer school groups the use of our picnic area upon request. School groups are welcome to eat lunch/snack after their program concludes in designated eating spaces. All food items must be kept in sealed containers (coolers, lunch boxes, Tupperware containers, etc.) throughout the duration of your field trip. 

Current Programs

Hornets' Nest of Rebellion

Description: The American Revolution was won not only through battles and proclamations, but also through the stealthy spreading of ideas and military strategy throughout the colonies. Students will explore the many covert ways in which revolutionaries, spies, and double agents spread their contentious messaging of American independence through the Carolina Backcountry by crafting their own secret messages using similar techniques.
Activities Included: This program includes a guided spy-craft activity and a guided tour of the 1774 Alexander Rock House and Homesite.
Grade-level: 3-8th grade
Price: $6-$8/student

Early Charlotte (Guided Homesite Tour Only)

Description: In 1774, the Alexander family moved into the Rock House. Today it is the last standing home of a framer of North Carolina's first Constitution and Bill of Rights, but what was it like to live here almost 250 years ago? By exploring the Rock House, Kitchen, Springhouse, and grounds of the historic Homesite, students will learn more about the early people who called Charlotte home, including members of the Catawba Nation, enslaved Africans, and the Alexanders themselves.
Activities Included: This program includes a guided tour of the 1774 Alexander Rock House and Homesite.
Grade-level: All ages
Price: $6-$8/student

Chat with a Curator (Outreach Learning Program)

Description: Hear about the people and objects whose stories we tell as our educators come to you. Suggested topics include Catawba Pottery, Siloam School, the 1774 Alexander Rock House and Early Charlotte, or any of our current exhibitions. Educators will bring objects and images from our collection to your location as part of this program.
Activities Included: This program turns your classroom into a museum with various objects from our collections, activities, and crafts relevant to your chosen program theme. All activities subject to change.
Grade-level: All ages
Price: $50-$100 (plus travel costs)

Hidden History: The Story of Siloam (Virtual Program)

Description: Sponsored by the Truist Foundation, this program brings the museum into the classroom by using digital materials, museum resources, and educators to tell the story of the Siloam School and the Rosenwald Fund. Designed for a middle school and high school audience, this program covers themes related to educational equity since the 1920s, African American history in Charlotte, African American resilience, community-led change, and the legacy of Jim Crow.
Activities Included: This virtual program includes an interactive presentation, virtual tour inside the Siloam School, and supplementary classroom activities.
Grade-level: 7-12th grade
Price: Free

Financial Assistance

We know that the cost of a trip can sometimes be a barrier to visitation for a few of our students. Thanks to a grant from the Charlotte Woman’s Club and a donation from Van & Kay Weatherspoon, we have a small pool of funds available to help offset the cost of a few tickets and make it possible for everyone from the school to attend. These funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request consideration please complete this form and our education staff will be in touch shortly. Please note, these funds are intended to help supplement existing fundraising efforts currently undertaken by our schools and are not intended to cover the cost of an entire trip.

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