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Field Trips & Student Groups
Exhibit: "Finding Light in the Darkness" - Grades 6 and up.
Scholarships available to assist with field trip fee and travel expenses. Apply for a scholarship!
Through artifacts and stories from local Holocaust survivors, students will begin to understand the history of the Holocaust and that their choices make a difference. "Finding Light in the Darkness" engages students with an Anne Frank annex, Reflection Wall, embedded testimony screens, interactive Liberation and Post-War stories, and a special feature highlighting local students. Class visits are 90 minutes and include an exploration of the exhibit, a short film, and an interactive activity. Optional addition (approx 60 minutes): Request a member of the speakers bureau to share their family's Holocaust story with the students.
*Tours available in Spanish by special request.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many students can you accommodate on a field trip? The Holocaust Center can easily accommodate field trips of 12-40 students. Have more students? We can often schedule multiple back-to-back groups at the Center, so ask us about this option! Numerous downtown Seattle attractions are nearby for group rotations. We suggest a student to chaperone ratio of 7:1.
What does a typical field trip to the Holocaust Center look like?
- Students will view an introductory film that connects the history of the Holocaust to our world today,
- Students will explore the exhibit, "Finding Light in the Darkness," using an age-appropriate worksheet to guide themselves, along with the help of docents.
- Students will participate in a hands-on activity. Teachers can choose from several activities (see options on request form) or we can pick for you.
- Experienced docents and staff will be present at all times to answer questions and encourage conversation.
- Students will learn about the history of the Holocaust, and how and why this history matters to us today.
- Students will consider the roles people play in different situations - perpetrators, bystanders, rescuers, upstanders, victims, and collaborators. They will be challenged to consider how even small actions make a difference.
How long should we expect to be at the Holocaust Center? Approx. 90 minutes. You have the option of requesting a Speakers Bureau member to speak to your students for an additional 60 minutes at the end of the visit.
How far in advance do I need to schedule a field trip? Please request dates that are at least 3 weeks in advance.
Can students eat lunch at the Holocaust Center? We do not have the facilities for students to eat lunch at the Holocaust Center.
What should teachers/students bring with them? Students will not be able to bring backpacks/large bags inside – please leave at school or on the bus. Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives and pepper spray, are absolutely prohibited from entering the Center.
What days are you open for field trips? We are open to school groups each day of the week except Wednesdays and Saturdays.
How much does it cost to bring a group of students? The field trip fee is $175 (this includes a $100). Scholarships are available to assist with the field trip fee and travel expenses. Apply for a scholarship!
What should we do to prepare our students for the field trip? Once your field trip is scheduled, we will send you suggested activities and materials to help prepare you and your students. We will also provide post-field trip suggestions.
Field Trip Fund Scholarships are made possible due to the generous support of individual donors and: the Alfred & Tillie Shemanski Trust Fund, the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, and the Tacoma Jewish Community Fund.
The development and training of museum tour guides (docents) is made possible with the generous support of the Union Pacific Foundation.