Frequently Asked Questions
Who should attend a field trip? The Center's content and exhibit is tailored to students in grades 6-12 in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. At this time, we are not scheduling field trips for schools/groups outside of the Northwest. Please visit the Association of Holocaust Organizations' (AHO) membership database to a local center or museum near you.
Students should have previous knowledge of or lessons about the Holocaust; a field trip does not serve as the first introduction to the topic. The Holocaust Center will provide a guide and lessons to prep and debrief the experience. In addition consider browsing our menu of Best Practices lesson plans for teaching this subject. If additional suggestions or resources are needed, just let us know!
How many students can you accommodate on a field trip? In-person, the Holocaust Center can easily accommodate field trips of 15-50 participants -- that includes students and adults/chaperones. 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.
We can accommodate 15-1000 participants on a Virtual Field Trip via Zoom.
How long is a field trip? The virtual visit is a minimum of 45 minutes, which includes time for Q&A. Please allow for a few extra minutes at the beginning to confirm the connection. In-person visits should be scheduled for a minimum of 90 minutes.
How far in advance do I need to schedule a field trip? We appreciate requests that are at least two weeks in advance for virtual, and at least three weeks ahead for in-person -- but will make every effort to accommodaterequests.
What should teachers/students do to prepare? Once the field trip is scheduled, we will send you information to share with your students about expectations, and making the most of a virtual or in-person field trip. We will also provide post-field trip debrief suggestions.
What days are you available for field trips? Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm. Some Sunday visits can be arranged, just let us know.
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 to the Holocaust Center? 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.