School Field Trips

School Programs and COVID-19

1 April 2021

The Hiller Aviation Museum is currently open to the public in compliance with state and local health orders.  School field trips are suspended at this time in compliance with state guidelines limiting museum admission to household groups and social bubbles.  Remote programs for Distance Learning and Hangar Talks are available with advance reservations, and the hands-on Virtual Invention Lab offers new activities each week through April 29 at no charge and on a drop-in basis.  The Museum is open to the public weekends and select holidays, and households and social bubbles of 12 or fewer visitors may arrange private weekday admission to the Hiller Aviation Museum through the My Hiller Museum program.

Onsite field trips will become available as state and county health orders permit.  When resumed, onsite field trips will be modified to enhance health and safety while complying with all applicable health orders.  Modifications made to normal field trip operations include:

  • A maximum of 96 students per day admitted to hands-on programming.
  • Hands-on programs are limited to 16 students per class to facilitate distancing within program areas.  Larger classes may be divided into groups of 16 or fewer to participate.
  •  Some interactive exhibits and most aircraft cockpits have been removed from display.  Hand sanitizer stations are provided for all available interactive exhibits.
  • All visitors ages 3+ must wear face coverings during their visit as required by state and county health regulations.  Single-use face coverings will be provided upon request to individuals who do not bring one.
  • Teachers or group leaders must verify before departure from the school location that no participants are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (including, but not limited to, fever over 100.4 degrees, coughing, and shortness of breath).  Individuals with such symptoms should not enter the Hiller Aviation Museum.
  • Segregated lunch areas (outdoors when weather permits) will be provided for each class eating lunch onsite.
  • Hands-on program topics are limited.

Field trip experiences provide explorations in science, technology, math and engineering for Pre-K through 12th Grade. Interactive exhibits and hands-on programs make for an engaging adventure in the world of flight.


  • Field trip bookings are closed through July, 2021.  Reservations will be accepted for visits starting August 2, 2021 and later, but such reservations are subject to reconfirmation based on changing state and county health guidance.
  • Advance reservations are necessary for all field trips and distance learning programs. Two weeks’ notice is required for tours and programs. Earlier booking is encouraged to provide the best selection of dates and times.
  • Minimum group size is 12 students and 2 adult chaperones.
  • 1 adult teacher or chaperone is required per 8 students.
  • Both indoor and outdoor spaces are available to eat lunch at the Museum. Bring your own lunch; limited snack and drink items are available for purchase.
  • Plentiful free parking for cars and buses is available at the Museum.

Field Trip Fees

  • Student admission is $4.50/child, Monday-Friday.  One adult is admitted at no charge for every eight students, with additional adults admitted at $9.00/adult.
  • Weekend field trip admission is $9.00/participant, with no adult fee waiver.
  • Weekday groups must include at least 12 students, weekend groups 12 total participants.
  • All field trips must pay as a group to receive the discounted admission price. Individual admissions must be paid at the general admission rate.
  • Hands-on Programs require an additional program fee that varies by program topic. Advance reservations are required.
  • Admission and program fees must be paid upon arrival by cash, check or credit card. School Purchase Orders are not accepted.
  • A valid credit card is required to complete a reservation. A $25 cancellation fee will be charged for any field trips cancelled fewer than three days in advance.
  • Qualified public schools may apply for admission waivers and/or transportation assistance for any field trip.  See sidebar at right for details or to download an application.
  • See the Distance Learning Page for information on fees specific to offsite programs.


Loved the hands on learning.  Even loved how students know becoming a pilot is a career choice for them.

3rd Grade Teacher

Anderson Elementary School

I bring my students here each year.  It is a favorite trip!  I learn something new each visit.  The docents are so friendly and knowledgeable!  The workshops are perfect for the age of the students!

1st Grade Teacher

Brandeis SF School

How to Schedule Your School Program

1.   Determine at least two possible dates for your field trip or distance program.

2.   Use the Distance Learning Request Form to make a reservation for a remote program.

3.   Use the Field Trip Request form to make a reservation for a traditional onsite field trip.

4.   A credit card is required to confirm all reservations, but payment is not due until the day of the program.

Fee Waivers for Low Income Schools Schools with at least 30% of students qualified to receive free or reduced price meals may complete a request for fee waivers or (for onsite field trips) transportation reimbursement.  Three different forms of support are available:

Reservations must be booked in advance of consideration of any and all school program assistance requests. Contact the Education office, or (650) 654-0200 x 215, for more information.