Field Trips

Ride into the past and experience the exciting history of the Trolley Era!

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is excited to offer a wide variety of field trip opportunities for students PreK – 12th grade! Students will have the chance to participate in engaging hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, investigate interactive exhibits, and embark on a specialized tour of our Trolley Display Barn. We are uniquely positioned to give students vivid insight into one of the most transformative periods of American history. All programs align with Pennsylvania Core Standards.

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum encourages requests from schools, preschools, homeschool groups, youth organizations, or other educational groups such as Scouts or summer camps.

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There is a 15 student or $105 minimum required to book an in-person field trip. A $35 deposit is required to confirm all field trip reservations. Reservations will not be held without a deposit. The remaining balance is due by the day of your field trip. No separate payments are accepted. Participants cannot pay separately. 

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On-Site Field Trips

Visit the museum in-person! Participate in STEAM-centered activities, explore exhibits, and take a trolley ride. Programs available for PreK – 12th grade. 

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Virtual Field Trips

Unable to visit us in person? Let us bring the best of our museum to you! Programs available for PreK – 12th grade. 

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Field Trip Guidelines

To ensure a safe, fun, and enjoyable experience, please review the following guidelines with your group before arriving on-site. 

Safety

Please review any current Covid-19 policies with your group ahead of arrival. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings – do not walk along or play on any tracks.

 

Dress Appropriately

All field trip participants, both students and adults, should dress for comfort and for weather. Some portions of your visit will be outside. Field trips are an active experience. Our antique trolleys have high steps. We strongly recommend comfortable, closed-toed shoes and discourage flip-flops, high heels, or dress shoes. 

 

Accessibility 

All field trip programs are fully adaptable for persons with disabilities. When booking a field trip, please contact the Educator at education@patrolley.org or by calling 724-228-9256 ext. 302 so that we can work together to ensure a great experience for all. 

 

Chaperones

We require a 1:10 adult-to-student ratio for all groups. Chaperones must remain with the group at all times. Please model and encourage good behavior. Engage with students and staff to provide guidance and encouragement throughout the visit. We ask you to please silence your cell phones and keep calls and texting to a minimum, as they serve as distractions and detract from the overall group experience.

Arrival Procedure

If arriving by school bus or large group transportation, please keep students and adults on the vehicle until greeted by the Educator or other PTM staff member. At that time, we will welcome your group and provide instructions about the visit. If arriving in individual vehicles, we request that they arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to the start of the field trip. 

Please be on time. Late arrivals can disrupt both your schedule and ours. If you are running late, please contact the museum at 724-228-9256 x301. The museum cannot guarantee the full experience for late arrivals. 

Please note that 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 the start of the program. 

Food 

No food or drink is allowed inside of the Trolley Display Barn or on any of our trolleys.

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum does not provide any food or drink for education groups. Groups are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and eat at the museum’s outdoor picnic area. Indoor seating may be available upon request at an additional cost; however, please note that this space may not be available on the date of your field trip. Refrigerators and microwaves are not available. 

Storage

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum does not have anywhere for items to be stored during field trips. All hats, coats, backpacks, lunchboxes, and valuables must be kept with your group at all times. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Museum Gift Shop

The Museum Gift Shop is available during the school year by advanced request only. If interested in having the store open for your group, please ask when making your reservation. 

Cancellations

If you are unable to keep your field trip reservation, please contact the Educator at 724-228-9256 x302 or by emailing education@patrolley.org as soon as possible. The $35 deposit is nonrefundable. 

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