Student Field Trip Request

Explore Salem’s history using science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math!

STEAM-Driven Days Field Trip Program Fall 2022 – Spring 2023

Welcome Teachers! Old Salem Museum & Gardens invites you to immerse your students in the STEAM-Driven Days program! Students will enjoy a historically driven footsteps tour involving more interactive hands-on experiences spread through more historic buildings than ever before! The school’s teachers and chaperones will guide students throughout the Old Salem historic district, and once the group enters a building, the costumed educators engage your students in period-based STEAM-Driven activities.

STEAM-Driven Days are designed for 1st grade through 12th grade.

Old Salem provides teachers with access to resources for the classroom including videos, lesson plans, and other student activities. Student Group Tour experiences and in-classroom resources and activities are aligned to North Carolina Essential Standards.

Fall 2022 Dates
September 1st – November 11th, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

Homeschool STEAM-Driven Fall Date is October 5th

On October 5th, Homeschool groups can participate in the STEAM-Driven Days at Old Salem Museum & Gardens without the crowds of public, private, or charter schools! To book in advance, a homeschool group must have at least 12 students and 1 adult. Smaller homeschool groups will pay on the day of their arrival, the cost is the same.

See the Reservation policies below, and please fill out the form if you have 12 or more students in your homeschool group. Homeschools pay the same rate as public, private, and charter schools.

If you have less than 12 students in your group, you may purchase your tickets online, and check in at the Visitor Center in the morning to redeem your tickets and directed to your tour start!

Holidays in Old Salem Dates
November 16th – December 30th, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

The official start to the field trip holiday season is November 16th to December 30th!

Our costumed educators will include Holiday themed activities into our daily program experiences!

Old Salem Museum & Gardens is closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 24) and Christmas Eve (December 24), and not reserving tours for that day.

Winter – Spring 2023
February 1st – March 31st and April 5th – June 2nd, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

2023 Pricing TBA

How to Request and Book a Field Trip Reservation

Please fill out your request in the form below with several dates of interest. Bookings fill quickly! A request does not mean you have secured that date. Submit your request more than 60 days prior to your desired visit date. Field trips only occur on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Group Tours Office will then email to confirm available dates, create the reservation, and then send a contract with instructions for payment. The Group Tours Office manages all payment.

Reservation Deadlines

  • Secure your field trip date more than 60 days prior to the desired visit date.
  • Payment is due in full 30 days prior to the field trip date.
  • Your tour is not confirmed until the signed contract and full payment is received by Old Salem Museum & Gardens 30 days before the field trip.
  • Old Salem Museum & Gardens accepts check and/or credit card payment over the phone.

Ticket Policies

  • Old Salem applies a 7% county and state sales tax to all ticket orders.
  • Old Salem requires each student group to have 1 chaperone per 12 students.
  • Teachers/Designated Group Leaders receive one complimentary ticket admission per every paid 12 students.
  • Additional adults outside of the required chaperone minimum must pay the full price tickets.
  • Old Salem does not refund tickets for “No Shows” on the field trip day. Old Salem provides a “Student Ticket Voucher” for a student who could not attend; this voucher is valid for one year.

Fall 2022 Ticket Costs

  • Student tickets, including all applicable taxes: $12.84
  • Additional adult tickets, including all applicable taxes: $21.40

Holiday 2022 Ticket Costs

  • Student tickets, including all applicable taxes: $14.98
  • Additional adult tickets purchased with the school will receive a discounted group rate, including all applicable taxes: $27.82
  • Day of ticket sales for additional adults, including all applicable taxes, pay full price: $29.96

Winter – Spring 2023 Ticket Costs

To be announced

The Learning in Place team is thrilled for the opportunity to bring Salem’s 18th and 19th century history to life for your students! Thank you!


Contact Rebecca Barefoot
Visitor Engagement Manager
(336) 499-7960 

Student Group Tour Reservation Requests

  • If the person making the reservation is not the Teacher Day of Contact, please list the lead teacher's name and email address.
  • (including area code)
  • The Group Tours office will first contact you by email to confirm if your desired tour date is available, or be given alternate dates.
  • Fall prices are $12.84 per student, which includes 7% county and state sales taxes.
  • Old Salem requires the school to provide 1 adult per 12 students. These adults are the Group Leaders and receive a complimentary ticket. Complimentary tickets are offered at a rate of 1 adult per 12 students. Additional adults outside of this ratio pay the full price adult ticket (Fall: $21.40) which includes 7% county and state sales taxes.
  • Old Salem Museum & Gardens is dedicated to achieving the highest possible degree of access for all visitors. Please inform us how we can make every student's experience engaging based on their needs! Read about the Access Salem initiative:
  • Disclaimer: Winkler Bakery does not bake gluten-free breads and some foods may contain nuts. The Seed Lab has peanut plants in the Education Room.
  • Plan to arrive at the Visitor Center at 9:15 AM for check in and orientation. Tours start at 10:00 AM.
  • Field Trip Request must be made 60+ days before the desired date. School tours occur only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • Multiple schools visit Old Salem every day, and this information allows us to plan your lunch location and time. Lunch is eaten outdoors except when there is inclement weather. Lunches may be stored in the Visitor Center. Please inform us of your needs in advance via this form or after the date is set for your tour.
  • Will your students be shopping at our retail locations? Please indicate yes or no. We strongly encourage students to shop at the end of the trip at the Visitor Center before departing for home, so money & souvenirs are not lost in the historic buildings.
  • List the time your group must leave Old Salem Museum & Gardens to return to school.