School Tours

The Oregon Historical Society’s permanent and rotating exhibitions offer elementary through graduate-level students and educators immersive experiences that provoke discussions about the historical information, objects, documents, and images on display.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guided tours are currently unavailable. Oregon school groups are welcome to book a free self-guided tour by submitting a School Tour Request Form. Thanks to generous funding from the Oregon State Legislature, tours are free for all Oregon school groups. Thanks to support from a private donor, funds are also available to fully reimburse schools for transportation costs.

Book Your Field Trip

To schedule a tour, please complete a School Tour Request Form at least two weeks in advance of your tour. An OHS staff member will respond to your request within two to five business days. Please note your tour is not confirmed until you hear from us and have received a confirmation email. If you have any questions as you plan your tour, please call 503.306.5290.

Preparing for Your Field Trip

Please review the Steps for Successful School Tours so that you and your group know what to expect when you arrive at the Oregon Historical Society. Note that backpacks, food, and beverages are not permitted in the exhibitions. School groups will have access to the covered and heated outdoor Bishop Terrace, which provides storage and a lunch space for up to 60 people.

OHS offers grades K–12 curriculum for associated with select exhibitions. Our curriculum offers standards-aligned lessons that strengthen students’ understanding and interpretation of Oregon history through guided analysis of objects, images, and documents.

Before your tour, please read the Visit the Museum page to review visitor guidelines and current health and safety protocols.

School Group Admission Rates

Oregon School Groups (6 or more students)

Students FREE
Adult/Chaperones 1 free for every 6 students
Additional Chaperones $9.00 per adult

Out-of-State School Groups (6 or more students)

Students (ages 6 – 18) $3.50 each
Adult/Chaperones 1 free for every 6 students
Additional Chaperones $9.00 per adult

Non-School Groups

Groups of 10 – 19 10% off regular admission rates
Groups of 20 or more 15% off regular admission rates

*Group discount applied to youth, senior, and student admission rate if applicable.

Payment

Payment is required on the day of the tour in one lump sum by credit card, check, or cash. Purchase orders or requests for billing will not be accepted. Checks should be made out to the Oregon Historical Society.

Transportation Reimbursement

OHS has grant funds available to assist schools with bus or public transportation costs. Please complete the Transportation Reimbursement Application to apply for transportation reimbursement. Schools are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements. OHS can only reimburse expenses after the school tour has occurred. Funds are available until depleted.

Teacher Pre-Visits

We gladly provide free admission to teachers who have a confirmed school tour booked and would like to preview the exhibitions prior to their visit. Please email education@ohs.org to schedule a date for a pre-visit.