The Field Trip Free for All Program offers, at no cost, teacher-supervised visits to the RIHS’s John Brown House Museum and Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center in Providence, as well as the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket for students from preschool through higher education, as well as for homeschool families and educational organizations. The RIHS’s immersive experiences give students greater access to history in “their own backyard.” Tours can also help teachers address difficult subjects that are sometimes avoided in classrooms.

The RIHS provides a strong foundation in educational and historical literacy in a time when funding for these programs is increasingly being threatened. Regardless of financial status, history should be accessible to all, which is why the RIHS has established the Klyberg Educational Access Fund, made possible by a bequest from former director Albert T. Klyberg, who passed away in January of 2017. The fund will award grants of up to $600 to Title I-designated schools to help underwrite the cost of bus transportation to RIHS sites. The Application can be downloaded here.

Booking and Cancellation Information

We recommend scheduling your program at least four weeks in advance to secure preferred times. Free rates are available only to groups who schedule tours in advance.

Since our staff works very hard to make each tour meaningful for each group, and time slots are limited to one group at a time, any cancellation must be made three business days before a scheduled tour. In the event of a late cancellation (barring those related to weather that affect either the school district or the RIHS site), groups will be charged a late fee of $25. A credit card will be required for booking.