Guided Field Trips

We offer standards based, active learning field trips for 3rd and 4th grade students. These visits are led by enthusiastic Museum Docents who will work with your students in small groups. Field Trips start at 9:30 am, Wednesday-Friday.

In the Spirit of Our Ancestors: Chumash Gallery

60 or 90 minute program

This tour is dedicated to the Chumash people native to Southern California. The tour will explore the traditional Chumash culture and come alive as the docents lead students in games, songs, storytelling, art, and the exploration of artifacts they made and used in their daily life.

Early California: A Changing State
Covering Chumash, Mission, and Rancho Periods

60 or 90 minute program

Students explore through artifacts and activities: daily life at the Mission, interactions of peoples, and practice some ranching skills, essential for life in early California. Students will enjoy music and art, including a group art project of stenciling. This visit does not include a tour of the Mission, but can be combined with it.

Program Cost

  • FREE to Title 1 schools in Ventura County
  • Students – $5 each
  • Chaperones are free

Limited Bus Grants Available

Bus subsidies of up to $250 are available for Title 1 schools on a first-come basis. For more information e-mail

To request a bus subsidy, please download and complete this form.  Return it to

To Register

  1. Select from the two programs.
  2. Download and complete a registration form and email it to

Self/Teacher Guided Visits

You may choose to bring your group on a self-guided visit. All Museum exhibits have labels and interpretive text that will allow you to work with your students as you tour the exhibits.  We encourage you to schedule your self-guided visit in advance so we can tell you if other groups are scheduled on that day.

Program Cost

  • Students – $1 each
  • Adult chaperone – $5 each

To Register

Download a registration form and email it to

Adult Group Visits

A docent will lead your group on a guided visit of the museum including the mosaic installation on the plaza, the current exhibits, the Smith Gallery featuring the unique George Stuart Historical Figures, and the Chumash gallery and garden. Plan to spend about an hour for your visit. Many groups have lunch downtown either before or after their visit.

Please call at least 30 days in advance to schedule your visit.

Program Cost

Regular admission rates apply.

  • Adults $5; Seniors $3; Children (ages 6-17) $1
  • Members and children under 6 are free

To Register

Download a registration form and email it to
To schedule a tour or for more information call the Education Department: