Do I need to schedule my field trip in advance?
Yes, self-guided visits from school groups, senior groups, Boy and Girl Scout organizations, ROTC groups, etc. are scheduled Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and require advanced scheduling to ensure availability of museum space.
Can I request a docent guided tour?
Yes, a docent tour can be requested at no additional charge. Docent guided tours should be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. Our docents work on a voluntary basis and their schedules and availability vary weekly. Occasionally, a docent guided tour will become a self-guided tour if volunteers are not available.
Do I have to pay in advance for a field trip/guided tour?
You have two options: (1) pay in advance with a check or credit card or (2) pay the day of your trip with check, credit card or cash.
How much time should I allow for the docent guided tour?
Typically, the guided tour will take 1 to 1 ½ hours. If you need to allow less time, we can work with you for a shorter tour. If you have a large group (100 + students), the tour might take slightly longer.
Are my students allowed to ask the docent questions during the tour?
Yes, during the tour, our experienced aviation docent will provide an in-depth tour of the warbird collection and artifacts. The docent will entertain questions and provide factual and anecdotal information concerning the Museum’s collection.
Can I cancel a field trip or guided tour once I have scheduled it?
Yes, please cancel your plans with us as soon as you know that you will not be able to attend even if you have to cancel on the same day as your trip/tour is scheduled. There will be no cancellation charges. Field trips and guided tours can be easily rescheduled.
Should I notify you if our group is running late for a scheduled field trip or guided tour?
Yes, please call us so that we can alert our staff and volunteers that you will be arriving late.
How many chaperones do I need?
We require one chaperone for every 15 students for self-guided and docent guided visits. Chaperones must stay with their groups at all times, including stops at the restrooms and the Museum Gift Shop, and are responsible for the group’s behavior while visiting the Museum. The museum staff is not responsible for monitoring the behavior of students. If a staff member must intervene, the Museum reserves the right to ask the entire group to leave the Museum.
Can I bring additional chaperones?
Are lunch facilities available?
No, the Lone Star Flight Museum has no eating facilities. There are several parks and beach areas on Galveston Island that are available for picnic lunches. Food and beverages are not permitted inside the Museum. All lunches must be stored on the bus.
Is photography allowed in the Museum?
Yes, photography is allowed in the Museum. Cameras, smart phones and tablets are acceptable for photography. No commercial photography is allowed without prior approval of the Museum.
Can my students shop in the Museum Gift Shop?
Yes, students and chaperones are allowed to shop in the Museum store. We suggest that you allow extra time at the end of your field trip/guided tour for shopping and provide this information to the parents of the students prior to the trip.
Are there any special instructions I should know before my field trip?
- Food, drinks and gum are not allowed inside the Museum or Museum Gift Shop.
- Heavy backpacks, large purses and similar items should be left on the bus or at school.
- The Museum is open to the public and we ask your cooperation to ensure that all visitors, both your program and the general public, enjoy their museum experience.
- Support your students’ curiosity and ask them to be polite, respectful visitors.
- Encourage them to have a fun and meaningful experience!