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 on-site field trip opportunities for students PreK – 12th grade. Field trips are currently available Mondays – Fridays from April through November. Starting in January 2024, field trips will be available year-round! Book your spring field trips now and be among some of the first to check out our brand new 21,000 sq. ft. Welcome and Education Center, which features brand-new, hands-on, STEAM-centered exhibits, a dedicated classroom, event rental space, and an even bigger and better museum store!
Can’t make it here in person? No problem! We also offer off-site educational programs and virtual field trips as well. All programs align with Pennsylvania Core Standards.
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum encourages requests from schools, after-school groups, preschools, homeschool groups, libraries, youth organizations, or other educational groups such as Scouts or summer camps.
Book a field trip today!
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.
Field Trip FAQs
Do you have questions about a field trip to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum? Check below for some of the most Frequently Asked Questions!
Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Please contact the Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-228-9256 ext. 6011.
How long does a typical field trip take?
A regular field trip takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. This includes time to view the museum’s exhibits, an interactive guided tour of our Trolley Display Barn, and a ride on one of our historic streetcars! STEAM Modules are also available for an additional cost – these modules add either 30 or 60 minutes of hands-on, student-centered classroom activities to your field trip.
How many students can attend a field trip?
We require a 15-student minimum for on-site field trips. A single trolley can seat approximately 50 people. For larger groups, we can schedule two trolleys and split your group accordingly. If your group has over 100 participants, please contact the Educator to discuss your options.
Off-site educational programs are designed for a single classroom of students, or approximately a maximum of about 30-40 students.
How many chaperones should we plan on?
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.
What availability is there for field trips?
In-person field trips are available Monday through Friday from April 1st to November 30th, starting at 9:00 AM. Virtual field trips are available Monday through Friday throughout the year!
Starting in January 2024, field trips will be available during the winter and spring for the very first time! Be among some of the first to experience operations out of our new 21,000 sq. ft. Welcome and Education Center!
Please note that there are several times during the year when special events may be happening, during which time regular field trips will not be available. However, we do offer special event-themed field trips! More information about these special field trips can be found directly on the in-person field trips page.
Field trips are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will do our best to accommodate your requested date and time. When making a request, please submit your preferred date as well as a back-up date.
When is payment due?
A $35 nonrefundable 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.
What kind of payment is accepted?
We can accept cash, check, or payment with a credit card. Field trip group payment must be paid in a single payment, and participants cannot pay the Museum individually.
Do we need to make a reservation?
Yes! Field trip packages are not available unless your group registers with us. Our museum is also closed to the public during most of the school year.
How do I register my group for a field trip?
Fill out our Field Trip Request Form! You can also call the museum at 724-228-9256 ext. 6011.
How far ahead should I submit my field trip request?
We request that you submit your request at least four weeks before your intended trip. Spots fill up fast, and dates and times are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
What if we need to cancel our field trip?
If you are unable to keep your field trip reservation, please contact the Educator at 724-228-9256 ext. 6011 or by emailing email@example.com as soon as possible. We will be happy to work with you to try and reschedule your field trip, if possible. Please note that the $35 deposit is nonrefundable.
Is food/drink permitted during a field trip?
While we do permit outside food to be brought to the museum, no food or drink is allowed inside of the Trolley Display Barn or on any of our trolleys. Please wait until after your field trip has concluded to enjoy any snacks, food, or beverages.
Is food available for purchase at your museum?
We currently do not have a cafeteria or any other food options available at our museum. There is a vending machine. Small snack items available are also available for purchase in the museum’s gift shop.
Are there lunch accommodations available?
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum does not provide any food or drink to 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.
Is storage available?
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum does not have anywhere for items to be stored during field trips. All personal items (hats, coats, backpacks, etc.), lunchboxes, and valuables should be kept with your group at all times. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
What should we expect when our group arrives?
If arriving by school bus or large group transportation, please keep students and adults on the vehicle until greeted by PTM Staff. We will welcome your group and provide instructions about the visit. If arriving in individual vehicles, please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before your group’s starting time.
What if we’re running late?
Please try your best to be on time. Late arrivals can disrupt both your schedule and ours. However, we understand that sometimes things happen that are out of your control. If you are running late, please contact the museum at 724-228-9256. The museum cannot guarantee the full experience for late arrivals.
Are there restrooms available?
Restrooms 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.
Are field trips accessible?
Yes! All field trip programs are fully adaptable for persons with disabilities. When booking a field trip, please note any accessibility requests or contact us directly in order to work together to ensure a great experience for all.
How should we dress for our upcoming field trip?
All field trip participants, both students and adults, should dress for comfort and for weather. Some portions of the field trip 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.
Will the Museum Gift Shop be open during our visit?
The Museum Gift Shop is available during the school year (April-May and September-December) by advanced request only. If interested in having the store open for your group, please ask when making your reservation and we will be happy to have the gift shop open.
What platform do you use for Virtual Field Trips?
We currently use Zoom to host our Virtual Field Trips. If you have additional questions or use a different virtual webinar software with your school or group, please contact us.