Field Trips

The Oakes Museum will be opening for Summer 2021! 

The Oakes Museum is offering the following programming for Summer 2021:

Museum tours and field trips will be limited to 2 hours, and group-size is limited to 40. 
Activity options include:

  • Museum Tour – this can last the full 2 hours, or be condensed into an hour to pair with another activity

  • Creek Study

  • Hike

Starting June 1, 2021, we will schedule field trips and tours with the following guidelines:

  • Visitors must wear a cloth mask over their mouth and nose at all times.
  • Visitors must stay socially distant from each other.   

Museum staff will:

  • Wear a cloth mask over their mouth and nose at all times.
  • Stay socially distant from visitors at all times.
  • Wipe down any touched surfaces after use.

Visitor safety is our highest priority. Messiah University reserves the right modify guidelines and/or cancel visits if necessary in order to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.


  • Children (up to 18) - $4.00
  • Adults - $6.50

Register for a Summer 2021 Visit


Field Trips for School Year 2021-2022

The Oakes Museum of Natural History tours and supplemental activities will engage your students in a fun-filled learning experience while meeting your educational goals.

Our four-hour field trip includes guided, interactive tours of the African and North American exhibits, two other activities of your choosing, and time for lunch. All actvities are led by museum docents. Minimum of 15 participants. Maximum of 120 participants. 

NEW Lessons for the 2020-2021 School Year! 
See listing below:

View other activity choices based on grade level. 

Field Trip Prices

  • September - February $5.75/student
  • March - August $6.25/student
  • Teachers are free.
  • Chaperones are $6.50.
  • Additional charge of $1.00/student for Bottle Biology activity

Registrations for 2020-2021 school year will be processed mid to late summer. 

Register for a Field Trip


Guidelines and Directions 

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Oakes museum Field Trips instructor teaching children.