School Field Trip FAQs

How do I book a school visit?
To book your visit please contact Kristen Pace at kristen@upcountryhistory.org or by calling 864-467-3100, x118. Be prepared with:

  • your preferred dates and times
  • number of students
  • number of adults

A $1.00 per student, non-refundable deposit is required to complete your reservation. Final payment is due by the day of your visit.

How much does a school program cost?
The cost for a self-guided field trip (without a museum educator-led program) is the regular admission fee of $8 per student, $10 per adult, free for SC Teachers.

For museum educator-led programs, there is a $9 fee per student. Teachers are free of charge. One chaperone for every ten students is free.  Additional chaperones are charged $10 per adult and $9 per senior.

Are there scholarships available?
The Upcountry History Museum is thankful to community supporters who make scholarships possible. Scholarships are available for Title I or Disadvantaged Schools (those with more than 50% free or reduced lunch). Scholarships assist with admission and transportation expenses. For more information about currently available scholarships or to see if your school qualifies please contact Kristen Pace at kristen@upcountryhistory.org or by calling 864-467-3100, x118.

When can I schedule a school group?
School programs can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday. Start times may vary within normal museum hours (10:00 am-5:00 pm).

How far in advance do I need to schedule?
Our school programs fill up quickly, so please plan to schedule your group at least 3 weeks in advance.  We are happy to schedule spring dates in the fall.

Are there limits to the number of students in a group for school programs?
Thanks to many diverse spaces in our museum we are able to accommodate groups of 15 to groups of 200. Private schools and homeschool groups that may have small numbers of students, please call 864-467-3100 or email info@upcountryhistory.org regarding minimum group size.

How many adults can we bring with our group?
UHM requires one adult chaperone for every 10 students. Those adults are admitted without charge.  Additional adults may attend at the regular admission rate of $8.

Where do we park?
The UHM parking lot is free of charge and is located off of Atwood Street behind the museum.  Students can be dropped off in our parking lot by the front entrance.  Buses can park in our lot parallel to the library.

Should students wear name tags?
We love name tags!  When students wear name tags with lettering large enough for us to read from the front of the group, we can call on them by name. Due to the flooring in the Museum, we do prefer if name tags are on lanyards or badges rather than stickers.

Should adults stay with the students during the program?
Yes! You know your students much better than we do, so please stay with your group.  Our docents study and prepare to present programs to your students, and we appreciate your attention to any student management issues that may arise during your visit. Plus, we think you’ll enjoy the program too.

Are cameras permitted?
Yes, you may take photos at the Museum unless otherwise noted for a special exhibition.  However, we ask that you refrain from taking photos during the time that your docent is presenting as that can be very distracting for the docent and for other students.

Is food or drink permitted in the Museum?
No. Students should leave all food and beverage items on the bus. There are water fountains in the Museum. If other food or beverage is necessary for a particular student due to a medical condition, we ask that teachers monitor closely.

Is there a place for our students to eat lunch?
Yes. We welcome groups to have picnics on Heritage Green. We do require you to supply your own trash bags and to discard your trash. Trash can be placed in the dumpster in the corner of our parking lot. In the event that it rains on your picnic, we can provide alternative accommodations. There is a housekeeping fee associated with the inside alternative location of $30.