Field Trips at the Museum
The Littleton Museum is pleased to announce it is open for field trips and group tours again! The Museum offers visitation options for all schools and large groups over 10. The Littleton Museum preserves the culture, history, arts and artifacts that reflect the unique character of Littleton, Colorado as well as the heritage of Front Range communities. The Museum highlights the heritage of this region and features two living history farms, including a historic icehouse and Littleton’s first school building; as well as artifacts on display that touch on key moments and individuals from Littleton’s history. We also acknowledge this region’s history as, part of the historic homeland of the Ute, Arapaho, and Cheyenne nations and use by Paleo-Indian people over 13,000 years ago.
We work to meet Colorado’s curriculum standards as they pertain to social studies and deepening student understanding of the histories of Littleton, Colorado, and the West. Our immersive 1860s and 1890s farms allow students to understand their heritage more deeply as they experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the past. Our historic interpreters will help students understand how settlers from these time periods survived and thrived day-to-day, and how life changed in Littleton after the arrival of the railroad.
Field Trip Capacity:
For school field trips we have a daily limit of 80 students to a group. For schools wishing to bring more than 80 students to the Museum our staff is ready to work with you to schedule your fieldtrip over multiple days to ensure that all attendees have a positive learning experience.
We have a fee of $2 per attendee for school groups from outside Littleton. Groups from Littleton and Title 1 schools are free of charge. We accept cash, check and all major credit cards. Fees must be paid upon your arrival at the front desk.
School buses should drop children off along the sidewalk to the east of the main entrance, by the windmill. Parking is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
When you arrive at the Museum one of our staff or volunteers will conduct a brief introduction to all that you will see here. We find that smaller groups have the best experiences, the ideal number being 1 chaperone and 5 students in a group; for this reason, your larger group will be divided into smaller groups of no more than 10-20 students that will be dispersed across the two farms and museum building.
Museum and Farm Rules:
As you prepare for your visit there a few reminders and rules that we want to make sure you have so your class can have the best experience possible.
- Masks encouraged inside the museum building: Masks are encouraged at this time inside city buildings. Please be sure that your students and chaperones adhere to this policy both when they are in the Museum, as well as when they are in any historic buildings.
- Keep those kids close! Children under the age of 14 must always be supervised by an adult.
- No Food or beverages in Museum or on farms: Remember snacks and picnics must be enjoyed on the Museum’s front lawn or at one of the nearby parks. No food or beverages are allowed in the Museum or out on the farm sites.
- Clothing: Please remember that clothing and shoes help to protect us from the environment around us. Our environment includes nails, wires, and other debris often found in farmyards. We want you to be safe, so while visiting the Museum you must always be fully clothed and wearing close-toed shoes. Large areas of the farms are in direct sun with little shade, so we advise wearing sunscreen.
- Photography: Amateur photography is allowed in the Museum, but please remember to turn off the flash, which can damage sensitive artifacts. Please refer to the Museum’s photography policy (available at the front desk) regarding portraits, professional photography, and commercial videography.
- Livestock: When looking at the livestock, please remember that all our animals can bite, peck, or scratch you, possibly causing injury. And although they might look hungry to you, our livestock are fed a balanced diet and feeding them something you found on the ground (yes, even a handful of grass) can make them sick. So, please look at the livestock, and listen to the livestock, but do not pet or feed the livestock.
- Wild Animals: As you walk around outside you will see an abundance of wildlife. We have Canada Geese that make the Museum their home year-round. You may see a Bald Eagle, hawk, fox, or coyote. Please remember approaching any wild animal, especially if they appear sick, can cause you injury. If you see an animal in distress, please alert a member of the Museum staff or call the Museum at 303-795-3950.
- Please do not touch art or artifacts. The oils and dirt from your hands damages artifacts and artwork. Please help us preserve our artifacts and artwork for future generations and touch items only if specifically invited to by Museum staff or signage.
- Museum Gardens: Did you know that we use the produce we harvest from our gardens and orchards in our historic food programs? We do! Every year our historic site interpreters demonstrate how food was preserved and used in the past. So, please don’t pick the fruits and vegetable you see growing at the Museum.
If you have any more questions and to set up a large group visit or School Field Trip visit, please reach out to Ryan Badger via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 303-795-3711. Thank you for choosing to visit the Littleton Museum as part of your school’s student experience. We so look forward to having you come to visit!