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Wheels on the Bus Field Trip Destinations

Arts and Cultural Facility List


201 E. Davie St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Artspace is a visual arts center in downtown Raleigh inspiring innovation through opportunities to experience the creative process and engage with artists.  Throughout the year, Artspace hosts numerous school groups, offering informal and formal guided tours of the building and artist studios. Participants learn about the history of Artspace and the building, as well as the exhibiting artists and their work, and are encouraged to interact with studio artists to expand their understanding of the creative process.  Artspace also offers Process & Product, a program geared towards school groups of any age that integrates current curriculum objectives with an interactive art project. Contact: Brittany Carlson at [email protected].

Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh, NC 27614
Blue Jay Point County Park is a 236-acre park located on the shores of Falls Lake in northern Wake County. The Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education houses an exhibit hall that explores many environmental and natural resource themes. Water is the focus of the first set of exhibits, offering a glimpse of the water cycle, the Neuse River basin, the Falls Lake watershed, and the city's reliance on Falls Lake for its supply of drinking water. The next series of exhibits offers visitors a look at many of the perils currently impacting the local environment, and highlights steps citizens can take toward its preservation. Finally, the Nature Discovery Room allows visitors an up-close look at the natural habitats found at Blue Jay Point, exploring the plants, animals and ecology of the fields, forests and streams of the park. For more information visit Blue Jay Point’s website.

CAM Raleigh
409 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27603
CAM is a contemporary art museum in Raleigh’s Warehouse District. CAM presents changing exhibitions in three galleries featuring national, international, and local artists. CAM Raleigh welcomes school and community groups and tours and includes hands on Make and Take art activities. Admission is free. For more information: 919-261-5920 or [email protected].

Carolina Ballet
3401 Atlantic Ave #131, Raleigh, NC 27604
Carolina Ballet offers student matinees on weekday mornings each season for school groups to attend. These one-act performances expose students to the beauty, wonder and athleticism of ballet with the benefit of full production values.  2019-20 Educational Matinee: The Nutcracker, Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 11:30 am and Cinderella, Friday, May 15 at 11:30 am.  Both at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Grades K-5, Fee: $7 per student for Title I schools.  For more information visit Carolina Ballet’s website or email Shelley Jacobsson at [email protected]

Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610
Historic Oak View County Park is a 19th-century historic farmstead with a mission to interpret North Carolina's agricultural heritage and rural history via educational programs, special events and exhibits. Field trips teach students about change over time through curriculum-based, hands-on and participatory educational programs. Educational programming is free and must be scheduled in advance. For more information, contact: [email protected] or 919-250-1013

Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham, NC 27712
Located in Durham, Historic Stagville comprises the remnants of one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. The plantations belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 enslaved people and almost 30,000 acres of land by 1860. Stagville offers nine different hands-on educational programs for school groups, including "Daily Life of Stagville's Enslaved: Work & Play," "Learning About Slavery Through Archaeology," "West African Drum & Dance," "Black Vs White, Slave Vs Free," stream studies, and still more. Each program includes a tour of the site and two hands-on activities. Educational programming is offered Tuesdays through Fridays, typically from 10am-12pm, must be scheduled in advance, and costs $1/person. For more information, contact Stagville at 919-620-0120. http://www.stagville.org/

Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603
A day at Historic Yates Mill County Park offers visitors an “Escape from the Daily Grind,” with experiences that interpret and preserve our agricultural heritage, environmental resources and history through educational programs, events and exhibits. The park is a 174-acre wildlife refuge and an environmental research center. The historic mill building is open for guided tours by appointment.  There is a small fee for all guided tours.  Contact:  [email protected] or 919-856-5635.

Joel Lane Museum House
728 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27603
Joel Lane, called “The Father of Raleigh” because he facilitated the location of North Carolina’s capital city on his land in 1792, built his home in 1769, in what was then a very rural part of North Carolina. The city grew up around his faithfully restored plantation manor, which was once deemed “The Best House for 100 Miles.” The site now includes three buildings and is today owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina. Guided tours emphasizing 18th-century life in the Carolina "backcountry" are given by costumed docents, beginning in the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh NC 27603. Admission: $1.00 per student, "Hands-On History" included; no charge for chaperones up to two per class. Additional adults are charged $1 each.  For information visit the Joel Lane Museum House website.

Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Marbles Kids Museum is a destination for hands-on, minds-on learning for children and families. Located in downtown Raleigh, Marbles serves a diverse population of families, school groups and community organizations with dozens of themed exhibits, daily programs, IMAX educational and feature films and special events year-round. Museum programs and exhibits are designed for children 10-and-under. Admission is $6-$9. For information visit the Marbles website.

Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa St, Raleigh, NC 27604
Mordecai Historic Park, once the site of the largest plantation in Wake County, is the oldest house in Raleigh on its original location. The recreated 19th-century kitchen garden is based on documentation left by Ellen Mordecai in her memoir and letters.  Historic outbuildings include the overseer's office and smokehouse, the Allen Kitchen, the Badger-Iredell Law Office, St. Mark's Chapel, and the birthplace of the 17th President, Andrew Johnson.  Four programs (Artifact and House program; Plantation Slavery program; Andrew Johnson program; Historic Raleigh Trolley rides) for schools groups are offered.  Admission is free – $2/student.  For more information visit the Mordecai website.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC  27514
Field trip groups have been visiting Morehead Planetarium and Science Center for more than 60 years, bringing science to life with planetarium shows, Science Stage shows and Discovery Classes. The programming aligns with NC Essential Standards, ensuring that field trips enhance classroom instruction. Admission: $6.25 per student/$7.25 per adult.  For more information and grade level recommendations visit the Morehead Planetarium website.

Museum of Life and Science
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704
The Museum of Life and Science offers an interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs and endangered red wolves – over 84 acres of outdoor exhibits and over 60 species of live animals.  Admission:  $195 per 30 students.  For more information visit the Museum of Life and Science website.

NC State University, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Avenue Raleigh NC 27695
NC State LIVE is the professional performing arts series at NC State University. Located in Talley Student Union, this team brings in artists from all over the world to our campus and community. NC State LIVE offers a School Matinee Series that gives school groups the opportunity to attend weekday performances that support the public school curriculum. The experience is fun for students and easy for teachers. From the moment school groups arrive on campus, the staff is with them every step of the way. Study guides are available to directly connect the theatre experience with classroom goals. In addition to the School Matinee Series, NC State LIVE connects artists in residence with elementary/ middle/ high schools for workshops, master classes, and lecture/demonstrations. For more information visit live.arts.ncsu.edu or contact Stephanie Clark at 919-513-3052 or [email protected].

North Carolina Executive Mansion
200 N Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601
The North Carolina Executive Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of North Carolina and family.  Tour group reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.  Admission is free.  To book a tour contact Capital Area Visitors Center at 919-807-7950 or 919-807-7947.

North Carolina Legislative Building
16 W. Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27601
The Legislative Building is home to the North Carolina General Assembly and is unique in that it is devoted solely to the legislative branch of state government. All tours begin at the Legislative Information Desk. Tour guides lead a 30-minute tour for scheduled groups. Building hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm. An elementary teachers’ guide is available.  For more information call 919-733-7929.

North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
Explore diverse art from ancient times to the present at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). Free guided tours for K-12 groups encourage students to explore, discuss, and understand selections from the Museum’s collection or select special exhibitions. Admission to the NCMA is free. To learn more about what’s available, go to http://ncartmuseum.org/visit/tours/. Reservations for school groups must be made at least four weeks in advance via the online tour request form. When using the form, please put “Wheels on the Bus” in the notes section. Contact: Museum’s School Group Coordinator at [email protected] or 919-664-6820.

North Carolina Museum of History
5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
For school groups, the Museum offers multiple, free guided tours of different types and fee-based tours, variously highlighting NC history, African-American history, American Indians and Making Music in North Carolina.  For more information visit the NC Museum of History’s website.  To book a tour contact 919-814-6950 or 919-814-6951.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
School groups have two field trip options, the downtown Raleigh location or the Prairie Ridge location. Both locations require pre-registration, but have different scheduling instructions. Options include self-guided tours or fee-based curriculum-correlated programs. Visit http://naturalsciences.org/programs/.

North Carolina State Capitol
1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
The North Carolina State Capitol is the former seat of the legislature of the state of North Carolina. Free Good Old Days Discovery Tours are offered on Tuesday and Thursday for 4th-8th graders in groups of 35 or less. Free American Indian Discovery Tours are offered Monday-Friday for K-3rd graders in groups of 35 or less. Free Know Your Governors Discovery Tours are offered on Wednesday and Friday for 3rd -8th graders in groups of 35 or less. For more information visit the North Carolina State Capitol website or call 919-807-7950 or 919-807-7947.

North Carolina Symphony
Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
The North Carolina Symphony performs education concerts for third through fifth graders statewide. This tradition has grown into one of the most extensive music education programs in the nation, with the Symphony performing more than 40 education concerts per year. The theme for 2019-20 is “What makes music, MUSIC?” Using the most exciting compositions of composers from around the world, the Symphony demonstrates the fundamentals of classical music: melody, tempo, texture, rhythm, form and dynamics. Contact: Jason Spencer at j[email protected] or 919.789.5461

Raleigh Dance Theatre
Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh NC 27604
The George W Newton Educational Performance Initiative was established in 2015, fulfilling a long term goal to spread the excitement and benefits of arts education. The annual free performance provides children who may not otherwise have the opportunity exposure to the magic of a live-in-theatre performance. The 60-minute performance of Storybook Tales featuring Snow White and The Rainbow Fish will be on Friday, November 1, 2019. Deadline to reserve space: September 15, 2019 or until all seats are full. Raleigh Dance Theatre makes available a study guide using the stories that include ways to enhance and incorporate character building, language arts, math, music and art. Volunteers are available to come to schools ahead of time to present study guide information in person to students. Contact: [email protected] or 919.834.1058

Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St, Raleigh, NC 27607
Raleigh Little Theatre offers a two-hour field trip for K-5 students that includes a one-hour theatre workshop and a one-hour backstage tour. During the tour, students will see what the audience doesn’t see: costume shop, dressing rooms, backstage and scene shop–plus get an actor’s view of the multiple stages. In the workshop, students become the actors and build their skills. Fee involved. For more information visit the Raleigh Little Theatre website call 919-821-4579 x245.

Theatre Raleigh
2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC  27601
Theatre Raleigh offers a Family Series that includes Around the World in 80 Days (Fall 2019 – All ages), and Bud, Not Buddy (Spring 2020 – Ages 9+). Student matinees are offered on select weekdays at 10am. Student group pricing:  $5 per person, provided at least 10 students are attending. No taxes or fees. For more information, visit www.theatreraleigh.com/family-series. To reserve space, contact [email protected].

PO Box 26388
Raleigh, NC 27611

Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002