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Planning a school trip to Hastings Museum? We can’t wait to see you!

You can find a lot of information about our right here on our website, as we have programs for preschool/kindergarten children (including daycare), school programs (K-12), theatre programs and planetarium programs. There’s so much to do  you’ll want to make more than one visit!

Please note  that reservations are required for all school programs call 402-461-2399 or email: bkvetensky@hastingsmuseum.org, to make reservations or gather more information. We also ask that you bring a copy of your school’s Form 13 on your field trip to the Museum.

Please note: The Museum is closed Mondays from Labor Day to May Day.

Download our 2018-2019 Educator’s Inspiration Guide for Field Trip ideas 

School Group Fees

Note that all school groups receive special discounted admission rates! Also note there may be an additional cost for special events – just check with Museum staff. Fees apply to all students, teachers and chaperones.

Schools outside Hastings city limits
  • $3.00 per Student for Museum admission; includes school programs and planetarium
  • FREE for Teachers, Paras & Bus Drivers for Museum admission; includes school programs and planetarium
  • $3.00 per Chaperone for Museum admission; includes school programs and planetarium

Excludes special programs.

Schools within Hastings city limits
  • FREE for Students for Museum admission; includes school programs and planetarium
  • FREE for Teachers, Paras & Bus Drivers for Museum admission; includes school programs and planetarium
  • $3.00 per Chaperone for Museum admission; includes school programs and planetarium (membership does not apply for field trips)

Excludes special programs.

Large-Format Films
  • $4.00 for 2D per person
  • $6.00 for 3D per person

Bus Unloading, Parking

Bus parking at Hastings Museum.The Museum provides free bus parking in the east parking lot.

Busses may unload in the circle drive around the flagpole at the south end of the building before parking in the east bus area.

Just click on the image to the right for a larger view.

Souvenirs To Go!

No time to shop at the Museum StoreChoose from one of our four themed grab bags. Just order, pick up, pay, and go.

  1. Hey, Kool-Aid! | $3 | Includes:
    Kool-Aid Postcard
    1 Rock Candy
    Kool-Aid Single with bottle of water
    Kool-Aid Pencil
  2. Rocks & Fossils | $4 | Includes:
    Shark’s Tooth
    Ammonite
    Worry Stone
    Rock Jar
    Museum Pencil
  3. People of the Plains | $5 | Includes:
    Dream Catcher
    Arrowhead
    Native American Pencil
    1 Rock Candy
    Martin Brother Postcard
  4. Shoot for the Stars | $6 | Includes: 
    Space Write Pack with pencil, eraser, and note pad
    Glow in the Dark Moon, Stars, and Planets
    Space Shuttle Sharpener

If any of the items listed above is out of stock, an appropriate substitution will be made. Discounts do not apply.

Orders should be placed in advanced to the teacher before the trip. Payment must be submitted along with this Order Form. Your order will be ready for pick up at the Hastings Museum Store when your tour is over.

Souvenirs To Go >> Order Form

Food and Drinks

There are many food vendors within a few blocks of the Museum. We can provide a list for you upon request.

If you’d like to bring your own food, note that there is a picnic area and shelter in a park directly east of the Museum.