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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 non-profit visual arts center located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. We are a space for creativity, arts education and social practice composed of artist residencies and exhibitions, arts education for all ages and abilities, and community outreach. We believe art should be celebrated and valued as an essential part of our community. Artspace offers a Field Trip program that is adaptable for student groups of all ages! On our tours, students learn the history of Artspace, about the exhibiting artists and their work, and interact with studio artists to expand their understanding of the creative process. Artspace docents and staff are focused on creating inclusive, collaborative discussions and providing students the opportunity to engage with our exhibitions through sensory elements and gallery interactives. After the tour, students form deeper connections with what they learned through a hands-on art activity that explores cross curricular projects and diverse media with professional artists. Contact: Danny Peña 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 for guided tours. 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.  2021-22 Educational Matinee: The Nutcracker, Friday, December 172021 at 11:00 am 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].

Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
Located in Durham, Duke Homestead interprets the history of Washington Duke’s home and the powerful North Carolina tobacco industry. The company the Dukes built here grew to become the largest and richest tobacco manufacturing company in the world, a monopoly eventually broken up by the US Supreme Court. The site offers multiple hands-on education programs, aligned with NC’s learning standards, and includes a site tour. Program themes include daily lives of people in mid 19th century farms and factories, archaeology, cultural arts, African-American experience in Durham, Earth sciences and historic homesteading, exploitation and labor history. Educational programming is offered Tuesdays through Fridays, must be scheduled in advance. $1/person. For more information, call 919-627-6990.

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
Formerly one of the largest plantations in North Carolina, Historic Stagville is now a historic site dedicated to teaching about the lives, culture, and labors of enslaved people.  Our educators teach the full history of plantation slavery by engaging students with primary sources, artifacts, and oral histories. All Stagville’s education programs center on the experiences of enslaved African American families and their descendants. By 1860, the Bennehan-Cameron family-owned over 30,000 acres of land and enslaved over 900 enslaved people here. Students will visit four original slave dwellings (c. 1851), a massive barn (c. 1860), and a Bennehan-Cameron family house (c. 1799). A school visit lasts 2 hours. An educator’s guide to the site is available for teachers for pre-or post-visit 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, or email [email protected]. 

 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. IMAX programs are available for students in grades K-8. Admission is $8-11. 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 school 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 that 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 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
The museum offers self-guided tours of its permanent and changing exhibits, allowing educators to highlight topics in North Carolina history covered in our galleries that are relevant to their curricula. For more information visit the NC Museum of History’s website. To book a tour contact 919-814-6950.

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 thePrairie Ridge location. Both locations require pre-registration but have different scheduling instructions. Options include self-guided tours or fee-based curriculum-correlated programs. For program options, visit http://naturalsciences.org and find options under the LEARN tab

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 music education concerts for third through fifth-grade school children 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 each year. The theme for 2021-22 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 75-minute performance of Storybook Tales featuring The Dancing Princess and The Fairy Doll will be on Friday, Date To Be Announced by August 25. Deadline to reserve space: September 15, 2021, 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. In-person or virtual assemblies are available to schools to prepare students for the theater experience. The best part is that it is absolutely FREE thanks to generous private donations to  the George W. Newton School Performance Initiative. Please click HERE and take advantage of this fabulous opportunity! 

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. Field trips are available March 2022 or later. For more information visit the Raleigh Little Theatre website call 919-821-4579 x245.

PO Box 26388
Raleigh, NC 27611

Phone: (919) 839-1498
[email protected]