Field Trips

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Ride into the past at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum!

Come experience the exciting history of the Trolley Era through a field trip to the Trolley Museum!

Field Trips include:

  • 20 minute ride on an antique trolley
  • Interactive guided tour of our Trolley Display Building

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is uniquely positioned to give students vivid insight into one of the most transformative periods of American history. Our educational and enjoyable field trips align with Pennsylvania Core Standards and are suitable for students of all ages. We are able to integrate your specific goals and coordinate with your classroom unit.

Grade Levels: K – 12th grade

Program Length: 1.5 hours, but can be flexible based on the needs of your group. Please let us know about any time restrictions when booking. 

Availability: Field trips are available seven days a week, April through November. A minimum of 15 students/children is required to book a field trip. Head counts must be confirmed a week in advance.

Cost: Students/Children $7, Adults (Non-staff chaperones) $7, Up to 10 Educators/Staff are free with the group.

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum encourages requests from schools and organizations serving individuals with special needs. The Museum Educator and staff can adapt the field trip to create customized experiences for students.

Stay tuned for the future! We are in the process of creating new interactive and hands-on programs while expanding our current offerings to provide comprehensive STEM based programs, all designed to better serve the needs of your students.

Book your Field Trip TODAY!

For more information or to book a field trip, contact Sarah Lerch, Museum Educator, at 724-228-9256 x302.

When you call to make a reservation, please have the following information ready:

  1. Number in group (students/children, non-staff chaperone/adults, educator/staff). Minimum of 15 students is required to book a field trip.
  2. Grade level or age
  3. Date and time you want to visit. Field trips can start as early as 10:00 AM and as late as 2:00 PM. Please have alternate dates and times in case your first choice is unavailable.
  4. Contact Name, phone, and email for group
  5. Mailing address of the school or organization
  6. Special needs of the group (time restrictions, use of wheelchair lift, group members with sound or motion sensitivity, etc.)

We want all those who visit the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum to have a fun and educational experience. To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, please review the following guidelines and field trip information.

Dress Code

Field trip participants, both students and adults, should dress appropriately for comfort and weather. Field trips are active experiences and our antique trolleys have high steps. We recommend closed-toed shoes and strongly discourage flip-flops, high heels, or dress shoes.

Accessibility

We welcome and encourage students and adults with special needs to come visit with us! We request that students and adults with these groups are accompanied by chaperones who can help them navigate the museum if necessary. When booking a trip, please inform the Museum Educator about any special needs in the group and how we can best accommodate those needs.

Please contact, Sarah Lerch, Museum Educator, at 724-228-9256 x302 or educator@pa-trolley.org to discuss any accessibility related concerns.

Arrival Procedure

If arriving by school or group transportation, please keep students and adults on the vehicle until greeted by the Museum Educator or staff member. At that time, the Educator or staff member will provide instructions about the visit. When students are being transported in personal vehicles, please request that they arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to the start of the field trip.

Please be on time. Delayed arrival can disrupt both your schedule and ours. If you are running late, please contact the museum at 724-228-9256 x301.

The only indoor restrooms at the museum are located in the Visitor Center and Events Room. Time will be allotted upon arrival for the use of restrooms prior to beginning the program.

Chaperones

Group staff and all adult chaperones must remain with the group. Please model and encourage good behavior and engage with students and staff to provide guidance and encouragement throughout the visit. We ask you to silence cell phones and keep calls and texting to a minimum as they serve as distractions and detract from the group experience.

Food

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum does not provide any food or drink for educational groups. Groups are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and eat at the museum’s outdoor picnic area. Seating may be limited for large groups and is first come basis June through August. Refrigeration and access to microwaves are not available. An indoor space can be provided in the event of inclement weather. The Events Room is available by reservation only. Please ask about the room’s availability at time of booking.

Museum Gift Shop

The Museum Gift Shop is open Tuesday-Sunday during June-August. The Gift Shop can be opened for groups with advance notice. Availability depends on staffing April-May and September-November. Please ask about availability at time of booking.

Cancellations

If you are unable to keep your field trip reservation, please contact Sarah Lerch, Museum Educator, at 724-228-9256 x302 or educator@pa-trolley.org as soon as possible. The $35 deposit due to confirm all field trip reservations is nonrefundable.