Field Trips & Group Programs

Our interactive programs are designed to promote student investigation and critical thinking. Led by a museum educator, programs include age-appropriate activities and encourage student participation. All museum programs meet learning standards outlined in North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study.


What are the options?

Option 1: Museum Visit

Groups that want to visit the museum and not participate in a program are requested to notify the Imagination Station prior to the arrival date. Groups will self-guide through the museum. Visitors to the museum should wear closed-toed shoes and clothing appropriate for climbing our rock wall. General admission will apply for the group:
Adults, students, & seniors: $5.50
Children 2 years and under: Free

Option 2: Museum Visit plus Student Programming

Explore ISSHM before or after your group participates in a scheduled program. Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the arrival date. Once a program is booked, groups must pay one week before the arrival date. Groups can choose different programs to customize their trip. General admission to the museum is included in the program price. Discounts apply for groups booking more than one program. Pricing and student capacity can be found under each program description in this guide.

Option 3 – Bring the museum to your location with Science & History on Wheels (SHOW)

Field trips are not the only way to experience the Imagination Station. Let us come to you! No school bus required. Hubert-Vester Toyota of Wilson has generously provided the museum with a vehicle so science and history programs can come to your school, civic group, or family function. We will bring all materials needed to conduct exciting workshops, assembly programs, or discovery classes at your facility. For locations greater than 75 miles from ISSHM, there must be a minimum purchase of $310 in programs.

SHOW programs range in price from $140 to $330, depending on the program and number of students served. If you are interested in multiple programs, a discount will be applied to any additional programs that you select. Please note that SHOW pricing will also include round trip mileage between your school and the museum. Mileage will not be charged for SHOWs within Wilson County.

Most programs offered at ISSHM are offered through Science and History on Wheels; if there are program exceptions, it is noted in the program description. Due to set-up requirements, we ask that all programs be conducted in the same room. Please call the Director of Education at (252) 291-5113 x221 to discuss SHOW programs and pricing.


What programs are available?

Check out the science or history page for a complete list of programs.

Science Program Guide or History Program Guide


To Schedule a Program or for Questions contact us by calling (252) 291-5113 or complete the Field Trip Inquiry form or the SHOW Inquiry form.

The registration information we will need to book your program is:

* School or organization name
* Contact person
* Site address, phone number, fax number
* Grade/age level
* Email address
* Arrival and departure times
* Number of children, adults, and bus drivers
* Program choices
* Date of visit

*Group Minimum for a Program:  The minimum needed to book a program is ten participants. If your group has fewer than ten participants, you will still have to pay for ten participants. Adults may be counted as participants.


*Please note: ISSHM cannot hold a date for a group without an official booking. When your program is booked, we will email you a program invoice and confirmation. ISSHM will also issue a reminder phone call prior to your program date.


Planning Your Visit

Admissions & Payment:

We accept cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard credit cards. Payment is due no later than a week before the program and is the responsibility of the group leader. Groups will be required to pay the amount on their invoice, as well as for any additional guests. We are not able to issue refunds. Membership cards, AAA discounts, military discounts, and school system discounts may not be used with group rates. School purchase orders and billing requests cannot be accepted. If your group is visiting the museum on two or more days, separate payments are due each day.


ISSHM requires one chaperone for every ten students. Chaperones can be teachers, group leaders, assistants, administrators, or parents. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior and supervision of the group. Required chaperones and bus drivers receive free admission to ISSHM. Additional adults accompanying the group must be booked in advance, and their payment is due at the same time as the group’s payment.

Chaperones and adults are responsible for the behavior of their group and are required to supervise and stay with their students at all times during their visit or during Science and History on Wheels programs!

Gift Shop:

The museum gift shop is located on the 1st floor of our museum. Children with an accompanying adult are encouraged to visit our gift shop during their museum visit. When visiting the gift shop, please limit your group to 10 children and 2 chaperones at a time.

Gift Bags – For your group’s convenience, we offer gift bags as an alternative to visiting the gift shop. Requests for gift bags must be made at least two weeks prior to your group’s arrival. Because bags are prepared for each order, groups will be responsible for the number of bags ordered. $4.25 per gift bag.

Want to order lunch?

Looking for lunch for your field trip? Children’s meal packages start as low as $5.00. Please contact Chick-fil-A of Wilson at (252) 206-9862 or Say-Yum Deli at (252) 296-8083 to place your food order with a manager at least three days prior to your visit. All orders can be delivered to ISSHM.

Program Revision, Cancellations, or No Shows:

Please review all confirmation materials carefully for accuracy and important information. If there are program revisions, changes to the number of attendees, or if the program must be cancelled, please notify ISSHM by phone three business days prior to your program; Monday - Friday, excluding holidays. A charge of $50.00 will be applied to organizations that make changes or cancel their program(s) after the deadline. Messages left on voicemail or email will not be accepted as invoice revisions or cancellations. Please note that we are unable to provide refunds on checks made out for more than the number of students attending the museum.

Video Taping/Photographs:

Recording and photographing of exhibits and programs is allowed. Be sure to share your experience on social media!

If you do not see a program or topic you are interested in:

Let us know. We would be happy to design a special program just for you. Many of our programs can be adapted to high school standards, fulfilling many competency goals in STEM subjects.