Prepare For Your Day

Teachers | Students | Chaperones

Before You Come

Students at bus drop-off

  • Give a copy of your schedule to all the teachers coming with your group.
  • Assign students to specific chaperones. A ratio of one chaperone for every five students is recommended. One chaperone per five students is admitted free during your History Center visit.
  • Make name tags for your students.
  • Make copies of directions and parking information for bus drivers and chaperones.

Prepare Your Chaperones

  • Print the Chaperone guide (PDF) for your chaperones to review before coming to the museum and to help them find their way around the building.
  • Chaperone letter (Word): Modify, print and copy to help chaperones prepare for their visit.
  • Preview: send them the link to the Chaperone page to get them excited about their day.
  • Chaperones are responsible for the conduct of the students they are accompanying. The History Center requires that students and chaperones remain together at all times.

Prepare Your Students


The History Center welcomes all visitors and strives to make everyone's visit a positive experience. Please let us know if your group has anyone with special accommodation needs. Call 1-888-387-5008 to discuss your access needs.

  • Auxiliary aids or services, including sign language interpreters, are available with three weeks' notice
  • Wheelchairs are available on site for use during your visit
  • Private spaces and restrooms are available for diaper changing and tube feeding
  • More about Minnesota History Center accessibility

The Day of Your Visit

Students eating lunch

  • Bag or box lunches together by classroom or by chaperone for ease of distribution.
  • Give the bus drivers directions (inform your drivers of the drop-off location on John Ireland Boulevard) and parking map.
  • Give chaperones a list of the students in their group and scheduled activities.

When You Arrive at the History Center

  • Send one teacher in the John Ireland Boulevard entrance to check in at the 2nd floor MacMillan Education Center front desk.
  • Give an accurate count of the number of students and adults.
  • Students will enjoy a brief orientation before starting their exploration.