EDUCATION GUIDE

 

A field trip to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is an adventure that provides a unique experience with many teaching opportunities.

Educational programs are offered to public and private schools, home schools, scouting programs, preschools, day care centers and other organized groups. Tours are offered during the weekdays, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday – Friday. Weekend tours are based on availability of tour guides. Activity Classes are offered weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*Pricing is based on the activities chosen when making your reservation.

Museum Tour - 4 years to Adult

Museum Tour Plus

A volunteer museum docent guides students through the Tulsa Air and Space Museum sharing information about the exhibits, which includes Tulsa’s aviation history, up-close view of a real Navy fighter jet and a glimpse into the future of space travel.

Aviation and History Tour - 50 min.

The docent will lead the students through the history of Tulsa aviation and describe how planes fly. Students get to experience sitting in an aircraft cockpit.

Activity Classes 

50 minute classes introduce students to various science concepts such as Newton's Three Laws of Motion, flight simulators, weather, and the solar system.  Follow the link to the activity class descriptions.

 

Planetarium Show - All Ages

Planetarium

Planetariums are not what they used to be. In our state-of-the-art theater, students are seated under a 50-foot dome where constellations are identified. Then, they can imagine being whisked through space as they view a multi-dimensional film exploring the universe. Shown throughout the year is a selection of presentations that begin on the hour. Admittance is not allowed after the show has started. Duration: 45 minutes. Click here for a list of planetarium presentations.

 


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A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 32 students are required to attend an activity class. Classes are approximately 50 minutes in length.

Up, Up and Away (3 Laws of Motion) - PK - 8th Grade

Students build and launch a paper rocket while learning Sir Isaac Newton’s three Laws of Motion. Inertia, force and action/reaction are all experienced in one paper rocket.

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Solar System - PK through 2nd Grade

Using inflatable planets, students explore the solar system discussing the characteristics of each planet. Students will draw the inner and outer planets and use their senses while examining meteorite samples. When planning your field trip, consider a planetarium show for a total learning experience.

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Solar System - 3rd - 8th Grade

Interactive exercises allow students to compare the characteristics of planets, including distances and weights. The class will investigate meteorite samples and various minerals.

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Bad Weather - 1st - 3rd Grade

Clouds form, lightning strikes, and tornadoes appear as the class takes a look at air pressure, the water cycle, and cloud comparisons.  Students will observe and participate in various activities concentrating on the development of a storm.

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Weather or NOT to Fly! - 4th - 12th Grade

Ice, lightning, and wind! Oh, my! Weather the plane will fly is the question appear as the class takes a look at air pressure, the water cycle, and make cloud comparisons.  Students will observe and participate in various activities concentrating on the development of a storm.

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Prepare for Take Off - 4th - 12th Grade

With the use of computer flight simulators, students take the pilot’s seat as they learn about the forces of flight and the use of flight instruments. They will simulate a take off, landing and complete other flight maneuvers. Space is limited to 15 students.

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Adults

Adult Tours

Plan an excursion for your adult group and discover Tulsa’s rich aviation history, explore the universe or enjoy an airplane or space shuttle simulation. Adult groups may tour the museum on their own or participate in a guided tour, planetarium show and/or various activity classes. Reservations must be made in advance for a guided tour and activity classes.

Tour

A docent will guide your group through Tulsa’s aviation history, discussing Tulsa’s earliest airport, the bomber building and the space program. Tour guides may lead the group through the museum or groups may be seated in an area as the guide points out the various exhibits.

Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Advance reservations are required. Approximately 50 minutes in length.

Planetarium Show

Sit back, relax and watch the stars go by in the James E. Bertelsmeyer Planetarium theater. Planetarium shows are approximately 45 minutes in length. Make an advance reservation to reserve seating for your group.

Flight Simulator

Prepare for Take Off! A computer flight simulator program is used to experience the process of flying an airplane. Learn about the forces of flight, how to read flight instruments, take off and land an airplane. Seating limited. Class is available weekdays and reservations are required.
Duration: 50 minutes

Adult Group Admission

One person must submit payment at the time of your visit. Membership admission and coupons are not valid with the group programs. Classes require a minimum of 10 participants. Admission rates and programs are subject to change at any time.

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Students**

Ages
18 - 61

Ages
62 - Over

Museum* and Planetarium Show $10.00 $12.00 $10.00
Flight Simulator $3.00 $3.00 $3.00

* A guided tour is subject to tour guide availability. Participants may enjoy the museum on their own.
** Students with ID.