The MGC is the national advisory body which exists to safeguard and promote the 2,500 museums and galleries in the UK.
MuseumLink's Museum of Museums -- US Museums by State
This is only a partial listing of the many museum found throughout the US.
- The University of Alabama Museums
- The Children's Museum of Arkansas
- Museum of Natural Resources
- .Museum Of Discovery
- The Arkansas Air Museum
- The University of Arkansas Museum
- Arkansas History and Museums
- Idaho Museum of Natural History
- Museums and Exhibits
- Chicago Academy of Sciences
- Iowa Museum Association Museum Search
- State of Iowa Museum Directory
- Davenport Museum of Art
- Mississippi River Museum
- Iowa Aviation Museum
- International Museum of the Horse
- Kentucky Derby Museum
- Maine Archives and Museums - list of museums
- Maine Maritime Museum
- The Northern Maine Museum of Science
- Owls Head Transportation Museum
- Penobscot Marine Museum
- Portland Harbor Museum
- Walter Anderson Museum of Art
- Museums and Exhibits
- Rochester Museum & Science Center - Rochester
- North Dakota Fossil Exhibits
- North Dakota State Railroad Museum
- National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
- Providence Children's Museum
- The RI Fishermen & Whale Museum
- Thames Science Center
- Bennington Museum
- Birds of Vermont Museum
- Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
- Museums and Exhibits
- Science Museum of Virginia - Richmond
- Science Museum of West Virginia
- Wyoming Museum Information Board -
- Call or get information off the internet about the museum.
- Plan your time. What are you looking for and how long will it take to see what you want to see? Some exhibits may take more than one visit.
- What materials will you need to take: pen, pencils notebook or a sketch pad. Some museums do not allow flash photography; you may not be able to use a camera.
- How much money will you need to bring with you? Is there an admission fee or suggested donation? (Generally a suggested donation is just that, suggested but not required. However, please pay the full amount since many museums depend on it for upkeep of the building and exhibits). Do you plan to buy a souvenir, pictures or book about what you have seen?
- Should you bring something to eat? Eating at some museums is expensive and some have no food service available.
- Most importantly, must you be accompanied by an adult. Nothing is worse than going to ,the museum and being refused entrance because of your age.
- Don't touch anything unless the exhibit allows you to do so.
The following suggestions and questions will assist you in your planning a trip.
- Read through the section for students.
- Contact the education department in the museum. They can help you plan.
- Visit the museum before you take students.
- Ask yourself why you want to take a class to the museum? What do you want them to get out of the experience? Is the museum or exhibit subject and grade appropriate? These are by far the major mistakes made by teachers.
- Plan specific activities for your students. Don't just let them loose on the museum. This is best for their safety and your mental health. Scavenger hunts are good activities for older students while drawing pictures may be better suited for younger ones.
- What facilities does the museum offer for class trips? Does it have a cafeteria, lockers, or classrooms? Can a tour be arranged?
- What special programs does the museum offer for large groups?
- How many chaperones must accompany you on the trip?
- How much will it cost for your group? How will you pay for the trip?
- How will you get there, public transportation or yellow school bus?
- Get permission from your principal or administrator to take the trip. Find out what forms are required to be filled out.
- Have each child get written permission from their parents or guardians once you have made your final plans. Consent forms should be returned no later than one week before the trip.
- Take a head count before you leave on the trip, during the visit and when you are leaving the museum.
- If you have to cancel the trip be sure to do it early so the museum can book another group.
- Be sure to thank whoever assists you. This way they may be willing to help you again on future trips.
How to Plan a Field Trip!
These sites will provide you with other aspects of trip planning. They are meant as food for thought.
SCHOOL FIELD TRIP PROGRAM
Plan a Trip
How to Plan a Field Trip
The Field Museum
Creating a Focused Field Trip
Going To A Museum?
A Teacher's Guide.
MuseumLink's Museum of Museums --
- Canadian Museums.
- International Museumlinks
Canada Science and Technology Museum -Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The Museum Of Science & Industry In Manchester -Manchester, England
Museum of the History of Science - Oxford, England
The National Museum of Science and Industry - Portal Links- England
The Israel National Museum of Science - Israel
The Institute and Museum of History of Science -Florence Italy
Yahoo! Science Museums
Yahoo! Museums and Exhibits
Museen der Welt Naturwissenschaft, Technik und Kulturgeschichte
MuseumLink's Museum of Museums -- Virtual Museums