A field trip to the Museum of Science can complement and reinforce your school curriculum while also providing an ideal way to encourage students to have fun while learning.
Plan A Field Trip
Explore the many ways the Museum of Science can motivate your students and support your curriculum goals and objectives. The following steps will guide you as you plan your trip, discover the Museum's programs and opportunities, and make reservations.
Begin planning a field trip
Do you want to reinforce classroom learning? Do you want to use the trip to learn about something you can't learn at school? Is this a reward where fun is the top priority? Set goals for your trip to narrow down your activity choices.
Plan your visit
- The comprehensive Field Trip Planning Guide 2013 – 2014 (PDF) can be downloaded here for offline viewing and is also available in hard copy.
- View the Museum floor plan (PDF)
- Large groups of 150 students or more
- Museum and venue capacities are limited. It can be difficult for large groups to maneuver throughout the Exhibit Halls and to fit comfortably into our theaters and presentations spaces. Therefore, we recommend school groups break up into smaller groups and stagger their schedules.
- For further consultation on managing a large group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Record your planned activities
Make a list of all of the activities that you'd like to include and record start and run times for live presentations, films, or other timed events.
Create a timeline
Consider your approximate arrival and departure times. Based on the programs and exhibits you are planning to attend, select a lunch time to propose when making your reservation. Learn more about field trip lunch options
Print relevant field trip activity sheets
To enhance your visit, consider using student field trip activity sheets to help direct a topic-specific field trip. View our field trip activity sheets and guides
To have a Museum educator review your field trip plan or to set up an appointment for a phone or in-person consultation, contact us at 617-589-0172.
Get scheduling information by contacting Science Central at 617-723-2500.
School Requests Form
Once you have made your reservation with Science Central, complete the School Requests Form for any special school requests for presentations or field trip activities. Requests are accepted October – May and are subject to availability and some restrictions apply. Fill out the School Requests Form
Prepare for your visit by using the confirmation information to inform your students and chaperones about the game plan. Be sure to check the number of students, and calculate the number of chaperones you will need.
Field Trip Activities
A full roster of thought-provoking demonstrations, films, shows, and special hands-on exhibit areas provide great options for building an inspiring field trip that meets your educational goals.
Field Trip Activity Sheets
Enhance your visit to the Museum with customizable field trip guides that can outline your itinerary, learning goals, student questions and more.
Book your field trip early! Programs fill to capacity, and there is a limit to daily school group admissions.
More Field Trip Facts
Home School Opportunities
The Museum of Science offers field trip options for home school visitors.
Savings and Scholarships
The Museum offers a variety of savings opportunities, from $2 field trips during select months to multiple-visit rates, reduced Exhibit Halls admission for qualifying schools, and more.
Funding to assist with bus transportation costs is available for qualifying schools during the school year. All requests require an existing school group reservation.
Several options are available, whether you bring bag lunches or preorder Riverview Café meals from Wolfgang Puck Catering.
While chaperones and teachers may park cars in the Museum with a discount voucher, there is no bus parking on Museum grounds except for drop-off and pickup.