School and Group Field Trips

Since its founding by teachers over a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. In these challenging times, we are working hard to continue supporting our learning communities.

In-Museum Group Visits The Museum welcomes self-guided visits for schools, learning pods, community groups, afterschool programs, camps and childcare centers. Please contact our Groups Coordinator at  [email protected]

The Japanese House  (School-year only) Group visits to the Japanese House are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in scheduling a visit to the Japanese House, please contact us at  [email protected]

Balls and Tracks (in Person)  (School-year only)

Loop-de-loops, hills, tunnels, and more! There are many exciting parts to roller coasters and lots of things engineers have to keep in mind when designing them. Through trial and error and using their keen observation skills, students will work in teams to engineer a roller coaster track for a marble. This program is designed for 1st-5th grade and lasts about 45-55 minutes.

Money Matters: Earthquake Engineering (In Person)  (School-year only)

Can you design a building to withstand an earthquake? Students will engage in financial literacy and engineering as they carefully spend their budget on materials to design an earthquake resistant structure. They will test their design on a shake table. This program is designed for 2nd-5th grade and lasts about 60 minutes. 

Thanks to generous support from Citizens Bank, the Money Matters: Earthquake Engineering program can be facilitated free of charge for many schools. Within the interest form, you can indicate whether you would like your class to be considered for a sponsored visit. 

Money Matters Virtual Museum Experience  (School-year only) What are the businesses in our community? How do we and our neighbors make and spend money? Students will get the chance to explore these financial literacy concepts through role play, creating their own small businesses, and making shopping choices.

This program is broken into four parts, including two virtual visits from the Museum educator.

  • Part 1 (teacher-facilitated): Students will be introduced to the idea of a small business through a storybook. The storybook will be provided by the Museum, but facilitated by the teacher.
  • Part 2 (Museum-facilitated):  A Museum staff member will virtually guest star (about 45 minutes) in the class to facilitate a discussion about businesses the students are familiar with and guide students in thinking about what small business they want to create.
  • Part 3 (teacher-facilitated):  The teacher will help students pick their businesses. Then, students will complete small business plans, make signs to promote their businesses, and make fake money to use in the following part of the program.
  • Part 4 (teacher-facilitated):  Students will sell from and shop at the businesses they created.

Thanks to generous support from Citizens Bank, Virtual Money Matters Experiences program can be facilitated free of charge for many schools. Within the interest form, you can indicate whether you would like your class to be considered for a sponsored visit.

Check back here soon for additional information about more virtual museum experiences.

  In-Museum and Virtual Group Visits

Since its founding by teachers over a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. In these challenging times, we are working hard to continue supporting our learning communities. The Museum welcomes self-guided visits for schools, learning pods, community groups, afterschool programs, camps and childcare centers. 

The Japanese House In-person group visits to the Japanese House are considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Balls and Tracks (in Person)

Money Matters: Earthquake Engineering (In Person)

Money Matters Virtual Museum Experience What are the businesses in our community? How do we and our neighbors make and spend money? Students will get the chance to explore these financial literacy concepts through role play, creating their own small businesses, and making shopping choices. This program is designed for 1st-5th grade. 

This program is broken into four parts, including a virtual visit from a Museum educator.

  • Part 1: Students will be introduced to the idea of a small business through a storybook. The storybook will be provided by the Museum, but facilitated by the teacher.
  • Part 2: A Museum staff member will virtually guest star (about 45 minutes) in the class to facilitate a discussion about businesses the students are familiar with and guide students in thinking about what small business they want to create.
  • Part 3: The teacher will help students pick their businesses. Then, students will complete small business plans, make signs to promote their businesses, and make fake money to use in the following part of the program.
  • Part 4: Students will sell from and shop at the businesses they created. 

Thanks to generous support from Citizens Bank, Virtual Money Matters Experiences program can be facilitated free of charge for many schools. Within the interest form, you can indicate whether you would like your class to be considered for a sponsored visit. 

For More Information

[email protected]  

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Explore, imagine, delight. Organize a Museum visit to enrich learning with exciting new exhibits and programs! By reserving a field trip, visitors agree to comply with the Museum’s full code of conduct .

School field trip reservations for the 2023 –   24 school year are now open!

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Make a Reservation

Please review the helpful guide below for details around organizing a field trip.

Programs fill to capacity and there is a limit to daily school group admissions. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Please note: school field trips and programs are not offered during Massachusetts holidays and school vacation periods.

Call Science Central at 617-723-2500 to make a reservation. We are available 7 days a week, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Field Trip Reservation Fees

The Museum has limited funding available for students who qualify for field trip assistance. Please inquire about this if there is a need.

Multiple visits: If you return with the same students, you receive 50% off Exhibit Halls admission. When making reservations, inform Science Central that you will be visiting more than once with your students.

Field Trip Rates are not available during MA school vacation weeks.

**The $5.00 Exhibit Halls admission during the months of September, October, and January is available for schools with a population of economically disadvantaged students at or above 25%.

Theater Shows

Fees vary for reserved field trip add-on programs. Receive a discount if you reserve a show along with Exhibit Halls Admission. All prices shown are per-person.

School rates are available to accredited public and private pre-K – 12 schools that deliver compulsory education (primary purpose is required by law), except during Massachusetts school holidays and vacation periods.

School rates are also available for schools with extended days (all children enrolled in the school are involved in extended school hours) or schools in session through the summer months. After-school groups or out-of-school programs are not eligible for the school group rates.

Cost Planning, Savings and Scholarships

Payment for your field trip is required upon arrival and must cover the full number of students, chaperones, and teachers in your reservation.

Accepted Payment Types

Purchase orders: Arrange at least five days in advance with Science Central. Any amount above the approved purchase order amount must be paid in person via cash, school check, or credit card.

Cash: Large bills are appreciated.

Checks: Must be made out to Museum of Science. No personal checks. Bring check with you the day of your visit — please do not mail.

Credit cards: MC, VISA, Discover, or AMEX

Payments not accepted for field trip participants

  • family memberships
  • overnight patches
  • free passes
  • discount coupons

Eligible schools can take advantage of special pricing for field trips available during these months. Exhibit Halls admission for students and chaperones is $5 per person. This discount is available for schools with a population of economically disadvantaged students above 25%.

Pair your discounted Exhibit Halls admission with an IMAX film for just $4 more. To find out if your school qualifies for any scholarships: 617-723-2500.

If you plan to return to the Museum with the same students, they may receive 50% off Exhibit Halls admission for the second visit. When making reservations, please inform Science Central that you will be visiting more than once with your group.

Reduced Exhibit Halls admission is available for qualifying schools. Please note that funding is limited and is distributed first come, first served.

Important: If your group size changes after you make your reservation, you must notify us by 4:00 pm on the day before your visit. Contact Science Central by phone: 617-723-2500, or email: [email protected].

There are no refunds for dropped numbers on the day of your visit. Additional participants above 5 per 100 will be charged regular Exhibit Halls admission. There are no same-day refunds if you reduce your number of participants by more than 5 per 100. Any additions are subject to availability and are not guaranteed entrance to IMAX films or other shows/programs.

Please notify Science Central in the event of a cancellation: 617-723-2500, [email protected].

  • One chaperone per 10 students is required for grade levels pre-K – 8.
  • One chaperone per 15 students is required for grade levels 9 – 12.
  • Chaperones must stay with students at all times and are responsible for the safety of the students and the exhibits they visit.
  • Chaperones must be at least 21 years old.
  • Educators and chaperones should act as facilitators, encouraging inquiry, and assisting students in navigating Museum Exhibit Halls and programs safely and appropriately.
  • Stay with pre-assigned chaperone-sized group at all times, regardless of the students' ages.
  • Adhere to the code of conduct established by school systems and community centers. Behavior that is not acceptable at schools and community centers is not acceptable at the Museum of Science. Please note: the Museum is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property.
  • Sit together with students in venues such as the Mugar Omni Theater, Planetarium, 4-D Theater, and the Theater of Electricity.

Booking Details

There is no bus parking on Museum grounds except for drop-off and pickup. Buses may park at the Boston Autoport in Charlestown.

Chaperones and teachers may park cars in the Museum garage and will receive a $10 flat rate. In order to receive this discount, you must turn in your chaperone badge at the Information Desk at the end of your visit. Please note that credit or debit cards are the only form of payment accepted for garage transaction.

Field trip participants may either purchase lunches in the Riverview Café or bring bag lunches. NOTE: Due to space limitations in the café, you must reserve a 30-minute time slot for lunch when making your field trip reservation.

Pre-order meals are available for $7.25 per person.

Offered in the Riverview Café. Reserved seating, no hassles, and speedy service. Spend time enjoying your lunch instead of waiting in line.

We offer a choice of:

  • Black Forest Ham and American Cheese on Sliced White Bread
  • Roast Turkey and Cheddar Sub
  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Hummus and Fresh Cut Veggie Box
  • Black Angus ¼ Cheeseburger
  • Individual Brick Oven 3 Cheese Pizza

Available in any monetary amount. Purchase them through Science Central, 617-723-2500.

If you plan to eat your bag lunch in the Riverview Café, please note that seating is currently limited. You must reserve a lunch space and mealtime when you make your field trip reservation. Bins will be provided for the storage of your group’s coats, bags, backpacks, and lunches upon arrival. Please advise students not to bring or store valuable items; the Museum cannot assume responsibility for lost or damaged items.

Home School Information

Home school groups of at least nine visitors can make reservations over the phone and gain access to discounted school group pricing for teachers, chaperones, and students.

We encourage you to collaborate to form larger groups and set up a reservation. Call Science Central at 617-723-2500. Groups of fewer than nine should go to the Box Office where normal admission rates apply.

Frequent home school visitors will find Museum membership to be a better value than standard box office pricing. We offer several levels of membership, all of which include a variety of benefits such as IMAX and Planetarium passes, discounted parking, and admission to other science museums.

Learn about membership levels and benefits

Many public libraries throughout Massachusetts provide Museum of Science passes that allow up to four people per day to visit the Museum's Exhibit Halls at a significantly reduced rate.

These passes can be used for your home school visit. Contact your local library to find out if they participate and how to reserve your pass.

Drop-In Activities

Students can get hands-on science experience with our Drop-In Activities. Investigate human biology at the Biogen Foundation Exploration Hub or create like an engineer with Design Challenges in our Engineering Design Workshop!

A group of children with and museum educator at the Biogen Exploration Hub

To help us better accommodate your group during your field trip, please contact us to discuss planning a drop-in activity into your trip schedule.

For the Biogen Foundation Exploration Hub please email [email protected] . For Design Challenges please email [email protected] .

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Children’s Museum Field Trips

Children’s Museum Field Trips

Originally published in TEACH Magazine, January/February 2022 Issue

Play has been shown to have many socio-emotional and cognitive benefits for children. It is through play that children develop important skills such as communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. It is also how they learn to interact with the world and with others, explore their interests, and try out different ideas. Children’s museums can be excellent environments to foster this creativity and curiosity through hands-on, multi-sensory environments. Check out the following selection of children’s museums to find a mixture of online and in-person experiences, complete with plenty of unique and engaging exhibits.

Note: the information below was current at the time of writing. Please confirm specific availabilities with each location.

Glazer Children’s Museum Tampa, FL Grade level: K–5

Currently offering:

  • in-person field trips
  • virtual field trips
  • online resources

The GCM’s many imaginative play exhibits give kids the chance to try out different roles. Whether they’re caring for animals at the Vet Clinic, saving the day at the Firehouse, or creating something extraordinary at the Engineer’s Workshop, students are sure to have a blast as they discover and connect to the world around them. Note that the museum also offers sponsored visits for Title 1 Schools in nearby counties.

Kohl Children’s Museum Glenview, IL Grade level: K–3

While in-person field trips are not available at this time, the museum offers six different virtual field trip topics, from science and engineering, to animals and machines. Several of the field trips are narrated in both English and Spanish. Take a look at the teaching resources for STEAM lesson plans, classroom activities, and more!

London Children’s Museum London, ON Grade level: K–6

In-person field trips to the London Children’s Museum include extended learning opportunities where children can participate in one of three 45-minute curriculum-connected programs. Students can dissect seeds and investigate root systems through the Natural Investigators program; build their own structures in Explore Engineering; create constellations and see a real meteorite with the Soar into Space program; or make their own fossil impressions during Dinos Rock!

Nutrien Wonderhub Saskatoon, SK Grade level: K–5

Wonderhub offers several different in-person field trips that focus on a range of subjects, from plants and animals, to mining and minerals, to culture and machines. The museum also provides two virtual field trips: a STEAM-based program and a creative storytelling program.

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Escondido, CA Grade level: K–3

Students can design a sustainable work of art, grow their own plant, build a model of a museum exhibit, or even create a suncatcher through the virtual workshops offered by this children’s museum. (Title 1 and low-income schools can apply for scholarship support to cover workshop fees.) Educators can also browse a series of free STEAM, art, and culture activities for implementation in the classroom. Note that in-person field trips are unavailable at the moment.

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Discovering The Boston Children’s Museum

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Are you looking for a fun and educational experience for your little ones? Look no further than the Boston Children’s Museum! With its engaging exhibits and interactive activities, the museum offers a world of discovery and learning for children of all ages. From the engaging exhibits on arts, culture, and science to the hands-on play areas, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Join us as we explore the wonders of the Boston Children’s Museum and discover the magic that awaits inside its walls.

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Permanent Exhibits

At the Boston Children’s Museum, you will find a variety of permanent exhibits that are sure to engage and educate children of all ages. From the iconic three-story New Balance Climb to the Construction Zone and Beyond the Chalkboard, there is no shortage of hands-on experiences here. The museum’s permanent exhibits are carefully designed to inspire creativity, spark curiosity, and promote learning through play. With interactive displays and immersive environments, children have the opportunity to explore different topics including construction, art, and early literacy.

Special Exhibits

In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Boston Children’s Museum also hosts a rotating selection of special exhibits. These exhibits are often tied to specific themes or topics and provide a unique opportunity for children to delve deeper into a particular subject. Whether it’s dinosaurs, outer space, or the human body, there is always something new and exciting to discover at the special exhibits. These temporary installations add a fresh and dynamic element to the museum and ensure that there is always something new to explore during your visit.

Interactive Exhibits

A highlight of the Boston Children’s Museum is the wide range of interactive exhibits that are designed to engage and inspire children. These exhibits encourage hands-on exploration and learning, allowing children to actively participate and make their own discoveries. From stepping into a recreated Japanese house in the Japanese House exhibit to exploring the life of a vet in the Kid Power exhibit, children are encouraged to use their imagination, problem-solving skills, and creativity. The interactive exhibits at the Boston Children’s Museum provide a rich and immersive experience that fosters a lifelong love of learning.

Art and Creativity

The Boston Children’s Museum recognizes the importance of artistic expression in child development. In the Art Studio, children can unleash their creativity through a variety of hands-on activities such as painting, sculpture, and collage. Guided by experienced staff, children have the freedom to experiment with different art techniques, materials, and themes. The Art Studio offers a supportive and inspiring environment where children can explore and express their unique creative voices.

Science and Technology

For young scientists and tech enthusiasts, the Boston Children’s Museum offers a range of activities and exhibits that promote scientific exploration and discovery. From the Light & Color exhibit to the STEM Science Playground, children can engage in hands-on experiments, learn about the natural world, and explore the wonders of technology. These activities spark curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and foster a love for science and technology.

Culture and History

The Boston Children’s Museum offers immersive exhibits and activities that introduce children to different cultures and historical periods. From exploring a Native American longhouse in the Native Voices exhibit to sailing a life-sized ship in the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, children can step into new worlds and gain a deeper understanding of diverse cultures and history. Through storytelling, artifacts, and interactive displays, children can develop empathy, respect, and appreciation for the rich tapestry of human culture.

Music and Performing Arts

Music and the performing arts have the power to ignite imagination and creativity in children. At the Boston Children’s Museum, children can explore various music and performing arts exhibits, including the KidStage and Our Green Trail. From playing musical instruments to participating in interactive performances, children have the opportunity to develop their confidence, self-expression, and appreciation for the arts. These activities promote a sense of joy, playfulness, and communal spirit.

Physical Challenges

For children who love physical activity and challenges, the Boston Children’s Museum offers a range of exhibits and activities that encourage movement and active play. From the Power of Play exhibit to the Construction Zone, children can climb, balance, and build to their heart’s content. These physical challenges help children improve their gross motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness in a safe and supportive environment. The museum recognizes the importance of physical play in child development and provides ample opportunities for children to engage in active exploration.

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Events and Programs

Daily programs.

The Boston Children’s Museum offers a wide range of daily programs that complement the exhibits and provide additional learning opportunities. These programs include hands-on workshops, interactive performances, and educational presentations. Whether it’s a storytelling session, a science experiment, or a dance workshop, there is always something happening at the museum. These daily programs enhance the visitor experience and offer a chance for children to engage with museum staff and experts in various fields.

Workshops and Classes

In addition to the daily programs, the Boston Children’s Museum offers workshops and classes that delve deeper into particular subjects or skills. These more focused experiences provide children with the opportunity to develop specific interests and abilities. Whether it’s a coding workshop, a pottery class, or a theater production, these workshops and classes offer hands-on learning experiences that inspire creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. By participating in these programs, children can gain new knowledge and skills in a fun and engaging way.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s special day in a unique and interactive way at the Boston Children’s Museum. The museum offers themed birthday party packages that include private access to exhibits, interactive activities, and a dedicated party space. From superhero adventures to science-themed parties, there are different options to suit every child’s interests. The museum takes care of all the details, from decorations to entertainment, allowing you to relax and enjoy the celebration. A birthday party at the Boston Children’s Museum is sure to create lasting memories for your child and their friends.

Field Trips

The Boston Children’s Museum is a popular destination for school field trips. The museum offers a range of educational programs and guided tours that align with curriculum standards and provide a fun and engaging learning experience. From exploring the ecosystem in the Explore-a-Saurus exhibit to learning about the science of light and sound in the Light & Color exhibit, field trips to the museum offer hands-on learning opportunities that make a lasting impact. The museum also provides resources and guides for teachers to integrate the field trip experience into classroom lessons.

Accessibility

Wheelchair access.

The Boston Children’s Museum is committed to creating an inclusive space for children of all abilities. The museum is fully wheelchair accessible, with ramps, elevators, and accessible restrooms available throughout the building. The exhibits are designed to be accessible to children using mobility devices, ensuring that everyone can fully participate and enjoy their visit.

Sensory-Friendly Environment

The Boston Children’s Museum understands the importance of providing a sensory-friendly environment for children with sensory sensitivities. The museum offers designated quiet areas where children can take breaks from the noise and stimulation. Additionally, the museum hosts sensory-friendly events and programs that cater specifically to the needs of children with sensory sensitivities. These events provide a more relaxed and accommodating atmosphere, ensuring that all children can fully enjoy their time at the museum.

Service Animals

The Boston Children’s Museum welcomes certified service animals into the facility. Service animals are permitted in all areas of the museum, including exhibits, programs, and dining areas. The museum staff is trained to interact with service animals respectfully and ensure a positive experience for all visitors.

Assistive Listening Devices

For visitors with hearing impairments, the Boston Children’s Museum offers assistive listening devices. These devices enhance sound quality and make it easier for individuals with hearing loss to fully engage in exhibits, programs, and performances. The museum staff is available to provide assistance and ensure that all visitors have equal access to the museum’s offerings.

Visual Supports

The Boston Children’s Museum recognizes the importance of visual supports in enhancing the visitor experience for individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities. The museum provides visual schedules, social stories, and other visual supports that help prepare and guide individuals through their visit. These supports promote predictability and reduce anxiety, ensuring a positive and inclusive experience for all visitors.

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Hours and Tickets

Opening hours.

The Boston Children’s Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The museum is closed on Mondays, except for certain holidays and school vacation weeks. It is recommended to check the museum’s website or call ahead to confirm the opening hours, especially during holidays or inclement weather.

Admission Fees

General admission to the Boston Children’s Museum is $18 per person. Children under the age of one can enter for free. The museum also offers discounted admission for seniors, EBT cardholders, and active-duty military personnel. The admission fee provides full access to all exhibits, programs, and daily activities throughout the day.

For families who plan to visit the Boston Children’s Museum frequently, a membership offers a cost-effective way to enjoy unlimited access. Memberships are available for individuals, families, and grandparents, with various benefits including free admission, discounts on birthday parties and workshops, and exclusive member events. Becoming a member not only provides great value but also supports the museum’s mission to provide educational and engaging experiences for children and families.

Group Visits

The Boston Children’s Museum welcomes group visits and offers discounted rates for groups of ten or more people. Group visits must be scheduled in advance to ensure availability and to receive the discounted rate. The museum also provides resources for group organizers, including guides and activity suggestions to enhance the group visit experience.

Dining and Amenities

The lunch lab cafe.

When hunger strikes, head to The Lunch Lab Cafe located within the museum. The cafe offers a variety of kid-friendly meals, snacks, and beverages. The menu includes options for different dietary preferences and restrictions, ensuring that there is something for everyone. The Lunch Lab Cafe provides a convenient and delicious dining option within the museum, allowing you to refuel and recharge during your visit.

Before leaving the Boston Children’s Museum, be sure to visit the on-site gift shop. The gift shop offers a wide selection of educational toys, books, and souvenirs that extend the learning experience beyond the museum visit. From science kits to plush toys, there are options for all ages and interests. By purchasing from the gift shop, you not only bring home a memento of your visit but also support the museum’s educational initiatives.

Stroller Parking

If you have a stroller, the Boston Children’s Museum provides designated stroller parking areas throughout the facility. These areas ensure that strollers do not obstruct pathways or exhibits, allowing for easy navigation and a safe experience for all visitors.

Nursing Rooms

The Boston Children’s Museum offers private nursing rooms for parents who need a quiet and comfortable space to nurse their infants. These rooms are equipped with comfortable seating, changing tables, and other amenities to cater to the needs of parents and their infants.

Restrooms equipped with changing tables are conveniently located throughout the Boston Children’s Museum. The restrooms are clean and well-maintained, providing a comfortable and hygienic space for visitors of all ages.

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Location and Directions

The Boston Children’s Museum is located at 308 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts. It is situated within the city’s vibrant Seaport District, making it easily accessible by public transportation, car, or on foot.

Public Transportation

The museum is conveniently located near public transportation options. The Silver Line (SL2 and SL3) and bus routes (4, 7, 11, 16, and 47) have stops within walking distance of the museum. Additionally, the museum is a short walk from South Station, which provides access to various subway lines and commuter rail services.

If you choose to drive to the Boston Children’s Museum, there are parking options available nearby. The museum offers discounted parking validation at participating nearby garages. Limited metered street parking is also available, but it is recommended to check for any parking restrictions or time limits before parking.

Safety Measures

Covid-19 protocol.

The Boston Children’s Museum takes the health and safety of its visitors seriously. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols, increased sanitization stations throughout the facility, and modified certain exhibits and activities to ensure physical distancing. The museum also requires all visitors over the age of five to wear face masks during their visit. It is important to check the museum’s website for the most up-to-date information on safety measures and any temporary closures or restrictions.

The Boston Children’s Museum maintains a strong commitment to the safety and well-being of its visitors. The museum has a comprehensive security protocol in place, including trained security personnel and surveillance systems. The staff is diligent in ensuring a safe and secure environment for all visitors.

Lost and Found

In the event that an item is lost during your visit to the Boston Children’s Museum, there is a designated Lost and Found area where you can inquire about lost items or report any found items. The museum staff will assist in reuniting lost items with their owners whenever possible.

Trained staff members are available throughout the Boston Children’s Museum to provide first aid assistance, should the need arise. The museum is equipped with first aid supplies and has protocols in place to handle medical emergencies. If you require any medical assistance during your visit, locate a museum staff member who can provide the necessary support.

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History and Mission

The Boston Children’s Museum has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1913. It was initially established as a center for science and arts education, aiming to provide children with hands-on learning experiences. Over the years, the museum has undergone several expansions and renovations, continually evolving to meet the changing needs of children and families.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Boston Children’s Museum is to inspire children and families to discover, explore, and learn through play. The museum believes that play is an essential component of child development and strives to create a welcoming and engaging environment where children can learn, grow, and thrive.

Social Impact

The Boston Children’s Museum is committed to making a positive social impact on the community. The museum actively collaborates with schools, community organizations, and other institutions to reach underserved populations and provide access to educational resources and experiences. Through outreach programs, scholarships, and community partnerships, the museum aims to ensure that all children, regardless of socio-economic background, have the opportunity to benefit from the educational offerings and transformative power of play.

Tips for a Great Visit

Before visiting the Boston Children’s Museum, take some time to explore the museum’s website and familiarize yourself with the exhibits, programs, and any special events happening during your visit. This will allow you to plan your day accordingly and make the most of your time at the museum.

Arrive Early

To beat the crowds and fully enjoy the exhibits, consider arriving early in the day. The museum tends to be less crowded during the morning hours, allowing for a more relaxed and immersive experience for you and your child.

Dress Comfortably

The Boston Children’s Museum is a place for active exploration and play. It is recommended to dress yourself and your child in comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for physical activity and potentially messy hands-on experiences.

Snacks and Water

While the Lunch Lab Cafe offers dining options, you may choose to bring your own snacks and water bottles. Keeping snacks on hand can help keep your child fueled and hydrated throughout the day, ensuring an enjoyable visit for everyone.

Group Coordination

If visiting with a group or multiple families, consider coordinating your visit ahead of time to ensure a smooth experience. Establishing a meeting point or communication plan can help keep everyone together and minimize any potential stress or confusion.

Visiting the Boston Children’s Museum is a wonderful opportunity to engage your child’s curiosity, stimulate their imagination, and encourage their love for learning. With its diverse range of exhibits, interactive activities, and educational programs, the museum offers a wealth of experiences that are sure to create lasting memories. By following these tips and taking advantage of all the museum has to offer, you can make the most of your visit and provide your child with an enriching and enjoyable day of exploration and discovery.

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School Group Visits

Group of kids, with one pointing, with MFA instructor looking at ancient Greek bronze urn in gallery case

Inspire students, connect to your curriculum, and provide the opportunity to engage with exceptional works of art in person through a visit to the MFA. A multimodal learner-centered approach encourages students to look through inquiry, reflect critically, and use art as a catalyst for meaningful discussion.

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Field Trip Options

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Self-Guided Field Trips

Teachers are invited to visit the MFA with their class for a self-directed experience. Classes engage with artwork in the galleries at their own pace to extend their classroom learning in this unique setting.

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Teachers are invited to visit the MFA with their class for a self-directed experience. Classes engage with artwork in the galleries at their own pace to extend their classroom learning in this unique setting. Classes are welcome to bring pencils and notebooks or clipboards for written assignments or sketching activities. See Preparing for Your Group Visit for information about current exhibitions, gallery closures, and tips to share with your chaperones.

Availability

Through june 2024.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm

$175 per group

25 people maximum per group, including students and chaperones. If you have more than 25 people in your group, please reserve multiple groups. We require at least one chaperone for every 12 students.

Free admission available to Title I schools, public schools in Boston and Lawrence, and schools in Maine and New Hampshire.

Please note that bus grants are not available for self-guided visits.

Lunch Space

Reservations for indoor lunch space are not currently available. There is outdoor space available for lunch, no reservations needed. Check back here for updates in the coming months.

Museum guide pointing into a case while group of young visitors look on

Guided Field Trips

Guided field trips are now sold out for the 2023–24 school year. Self-guided field trips are still available through June 2024.

Join us for a guided visit facilitated by trained volunteer School Group Guides who foster discussion among small groups of up to 12 students using 5–8 works of art across several collections.

Guided Tour Options

Community and identity.

October 2023–June 2024

Art of Ancient Egypt

March–June 2024

Community and Identity Tour

Engage your students in a guided tour about Community and Identity. Students delve into what art reveals about the beliefs and practices of communities and individuals across time and cultures using art as a primary source. Touching on multiple collections, students examine the choices different artists and cultures make to represent their identities and stories through art. In this multimodal, learner-centered approach, students practice looking through inquiry, making connections, and thinking critically, as they bring their experiences, thoughts, and ideas to the foreground through meaningful discussion.

This tour supports the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core State Standards.

Groups can stay to visit other galleries after their tour when the Museum is open to the public (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays). Please see Preparing for Your Group Visit for information about current exhibitions, gallery closures, and tips to share with your chaperones.

October 16, 2023–June 14, 2024

  • Mondays at 9:30 and 11:30 am
  • Tuesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 am
  • Wednesdays at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 am
  • Thursdays at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 am
  • Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 am

Tour Duration

75-minute duration (mondays, wednesdays, thursdays, and fridays).

Although the guided tour has a duration of 60 minutes, we ask that schools allot 75 minutes for visits to include the welcoming of students at the Linde entrance.

90-Minute Duration (Tuesdays)

Tours on Tuesdays, when the MFA is closed to the public, provide a lower sensory experience.

Tuesday guided experiences now have a duration of 90 minutes to allow some time for independent looking with your guide. Depending on the needs of your group, this may be a preferred day for a guided tour as the galleries are quieter.

Groups on Tuesdays must depart immediately after their tour; groups on other days are welcome to stay and visit other galleries, when the Museum is open to the public.

$225 per Group

Art of Ancient Egypt Tour

Starting in spring 2024, engage in a participatory tour of the Art of Ancient Egypt collection. Students use objects as primary sources for close-looking to grow in their understanding of the beliefs, values, and everyday lives of Ancient Egyptian peoples. Trained school group guides facilitate conversations that provide a humanizing context to the ways we talk and learn about the collection, especially when discussing human remains. Students reflect critically on questions of provenance and how we work to understand these objects outside of their original context. The tour is centered on the ancient Egypt galleries and also includes objects from ancient and modern civilizations outside ancient Egypt to help students build connections and further their understanding.

March 4–June 14, 2024

Book your group visit.

To get started, select the desired date of your group visit in the calendar, then click on the Tickets button below the tour option you’d like to book.

Reservations are available until two weeks prior for self-guided visits and four weeks prior for guided visits.

Preparing for Your Group Visit

Find useful information about how to prepare your group for your visit to the Museum, including details about entrances, chaperones, and policies, as well as tips to make the most of your visit.

Payment Policy

Partial or full prepayment for your visit is possible by credit card during the online reservation process; any remaining balance due will be confirmed after the reservation is complete, and final payment is due at the time of the visit. Payments at the time of the visit may be cash, check (US banks only), or credit card.

Financial Assistance

Free field trip admission programs.

The following groups receive free admission for guided and self-guided field trips:

  • Title I schools
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Lawrence Public Schools
  • Maine students, including homeschoolers and Maine residents attending college out-of-state
  • New Hampshire students, including homeschoolers

Bus Funding

The MFA offers bus funding grants to assist schools in bringing student groups to the Museum for guided school field trips.

Bus grants for guided field trips are available up to $1,250 per visit from October through March, and up to $1,000 per visit from April through June. Self-guided field trips and Artful Adventures visits are not eligible for bus grants.

Grants are awarded based on a group’s demonstrated need (such as Title I status) and total transportation costs. Eligible schools will receive the application in confirmation materials after reserving a guided tour.

Lawrence Public Schools are reimbursed for bus costs for both guided and self-guided field trips.

Cancellation, Rescheduling, and Weather Policies

If you need to make changes to your reservation or your group is running late, please call MFA Group Experience at 617-369-3310 as soon as possible. School groups arriving more than 30 minutes late for their guided tour will instead visit self-guided; we’ll be sure to provide chaperones with a map and visit suggestions.

We realize that cancellations due to unexpected school/institution closures may occur on short notice. If you must cancel your visit due to closure or significant weather, please notify us as soon as possible by calling 617-369-3310. It is also sometimes necessary for the MFA to close unexpectedly due to inclement weather. If bad weather is expected in the Boston area on the date of your visit, please check mfa.org or call 617-267-9300 x0 to confirm whether the Museum is open to visitors for the day. Groups will not be billed for visits canceled due to Museum closure or significant inclement weather.

[email protected] 617-369-3310

MFA School Programs are sponsored by the Arbella Insurance Foundation. Supported by the Smith Family Thinking Through Art Program Fund; the Germeshausen Foundation Fund for Youth and Family Learning; the Edwin S. Webster Foundation Fund for School Programs; the Bernard J. Rothwell School Bus Fund; the School Programs for Lawrence Public Schools Fund; the Gallery Instructors and Gallery Instructor Associates Fund for the Partnership with the Boston Public Schools; the Ulf B. and Elizabeth C. Heide Education Fund; the Mabel Louise Riley Fund for School Programs; the Gloria and Irving Fox Fund for Education; the Education of Children in the Museum Fund; the Patricia and Robert Lawrence Fund for Education; the Dorothy Wagenknecht Fund; the Morton P. Prince Fund; and the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation Fund.

The Gallery Instructor Program is funded through a generous endowment by Marcia and Louis Kamentsky. Additional support from the Bascha Snyder Education Fund, the Grace S. Dane Fund, and the National Docent Symposium Gallery Instructors Fund for Professional Development.

The Lunder Maine Student Membership Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is generously funded by The Lunder Foundation.

The McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program allows New Hampshire students of all ages in public and private school, as well as those who are home schooled, to visit the Museum free of charge.

Artful Adventures is supported by the Michael D. Dingman Fund, the Pamela D. Adams Fund for Artful Adventures, the Richard W. and Marjorie S. Dammann Fund, the Mrs. Charles H. Taylor Fund, the William O. and Sally Taylor Fund, the Rieka, Samuel and Renée Rapaporte Fund for Educational Outreach for Youth and Families, the Kennedy P. and Susan M. Richardson Endowment Fund for Learning and Community Engagement, and the Bramhall Fund.

Access Programs are funded in part by the Bank of America Fund for Access.

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The FieldTripDirectory.com is a resource of Boston, Massachusetts field trips for elementary school students thru high school students, camp groups, homeschool groups and scout troops for day field trips, overnight field trips and youth retreats. Learn about Boston’s museums, zoos and aquariums, botanic gardens, nature centers, historic sites, amusement parks, recreation, performing arts and more, CLICK on the ACTIVITY FILTER below for further field trip information. For those unable to travel to these locations, check out our  Virtual Field Trips  section or  Outreach Field Trips & School Assembly Programs  section.

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Boston Bowl Dorchester

Boston Bowl is where Boston comes to bowl! We provide a safe, clean & fun environment for all ages to bowl candlepin & tenpin, play state of the art arcade games & billiards.

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Boston City Cruises

Boston Harbor City Cruises offers memorable dinner and lunch cruises showcasing the Boston skyline and famous landmarks like Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, USS Constitution, and the Seaport District. Ideal for school and youth group events.

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Boston Pizza Tours

Discover historic Boston slice by delicious slice! Boston Pizza Tours serves up fun and educational food tours, exploring the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Along the way, enjoy slices from Boston’s very best pizzerias.

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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Join Samuel Adams and the Sons and Daughters of Liberty in protest of King George’s unjust taxes at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Explore via virtual tours and the research library.

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Boston University Events & Conferences

From Memorial Day through mid-August, Boston University opens its residence halls, allowing groups to utilize campus facilities for overnight stays, on-campus dining, and a range of educational activities.

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Carousel Family Fun Center

Carousel Family Fun Center of Whitman offers a safe, clean, colorful, fun, and friendly environment. We offer roller skating, music, videos, Pattino’s Pisa Pizza, Treasure Chest redemption shops, and arcade games!

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Jay Gee’s Ice Cream & Fun Center

A seasonal family entertainment center, Jay Gee’s Ice Cream & Fun Center features a go-kart track, bumper cars, bumper boats, batting cages, 18 hole mini golf and arcade with the newest and most innovative games. Also a dining room for groups.

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Massachusetts State House

The magnificent setting of the Massachusetts State House has housed state government for over two centuries has become an outstanding museum reflecting the history of Massachusetts since colonial times.

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Patriots Hall of Fame Presented by RTX

The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by RTX  is a modern, interactive museum experience that honors the greatest New England Patriots of all time. Virtual resources include online educational activities.

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Salem Historical Tours & Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

Salem Historical Tours provide a wide range of historical and paranormal tours, covering Salem’s 400 years of history. Learn for yourself why we’re the most respected tour.

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Salem Witch Museum

Field trips to the Salem Witch Museum gives groups a dynamic look at the history of the Salem witch trials of 1692. Take a virtual tour of the Salem witchcraft trial sites.

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Town Line Luxury Lanes

Town Line Luxury Lanes is a 48 lane ten pin center including Bumper Bowling, Atomic Bowling, Redemption Arcade, Billiards and comfort food and snacks.

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The Coolest, Weirdest, and All-Around-Best Museums in Boston

Isabella stewart gardner museum.

One step inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and you’ll understand why it’s one of most beloved destinations within Boston’s art community and beyond. The space is modeled after a Venetian palazzo, afterall. You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy this museum as its charming landscape, both inside and outside, is a sight you sure won’t want to miss. Aside from its stunning garden and landscapes, the museum holds an impressive collection of art from rare books to archival objects. While you’re there, you can also enjoy a bubbly beverage and lunch at Cafe G .  General admission tickets are $20 per person. The museum is open every day from 11 am to 5 pm, and it stays open until 9 pm on Thursdays.

WNDR Museum

Every time you interact with the art installations at WNDR, it morphs in some way, and you become an artist by extension. Each of the over twenty dynamic art exhibits at Boston’s newest Downtown Crossing culture hub immerses guests in an ever-changing sensory wonderland. The Brightlogic x WNDR Studios Light Floor channels both The Matrix and disco vibes, inviting folks to dance, twirl, and two-step their way through—while the installation reacts to your every move. Other works feature Mother Nature’s kaleidoscope of powers, like Studio Leigh Sachwitz’s dynamic thunderstorm experience and Andy Arkley’s Glorious Vision of a Rainbow . General admission is $32.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Welcoming more than 1 million visitors each year, the MFA Boston has more than 50,000 square feet of gallery space to explore featuring nearly 500,000 pieces of art. In fact, this museum is known as one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, having housed the likes of Picasso, Da Vinci, and more greats. Gallery highlights currently include everything from mummies to Monet (the museum has the largest collection of Monet’s work outside France), with rolling exhibits, take for example The Obama Portraits Tour , that are amongst the most talked about. While you’re there, you can also visit the museum’s two shops for some souvenirs or grab a bite to eat at the Pop-Up at 465 Bar and Restaurant, New American Cafe, Taste or Garden Cafeteria.  General admission tickets are $27 per person. Regular hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, and the museum stays open until 10 pm on Thursday and Friday.

National Center of Afro-American Artists

Expect a global art experience at NCAAA, where past and present are given equal spotlight. For nearly fifty years, a deep level of black artistry inclusivity has ensured visitors can explore sculpture, photography, painting, and decorative arts. Exhibits include Laurence (Larry) Pierce’s collection, Violence Transformed , ASPELTA: A Nubian King’s Burial Chamber , and more. It’s not hard to find. Just look for the neo-Gothic Abbotsford Mansion—built in 1870 and originally named Oak Bend—for a whopping $365,000. Gallery admission is $5, but guests can donate a little extra to help with ongoing renovations. 

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Now’s your chance to experience an integral part of American history, dating all the way back to 1773. At the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum , you’ll walk across authentically restored ships and launch a couple cases of tea off the deck and into the sea during your guided tour. You’ll also get a chance to recreate where the brainstorming began at none other than the colonial meeting house featuring your host, and one of Boston’s most famous historical figures and founding fathers, Samuel Adams. If the name Samuel Adams makes you thirsty, stop over Abigail’s Tea Room & Terrace for some authentic afternoon tea. It’s part of the theme.  General admission tickets are $31.95 per person. Regular hours are from 10 am to 5 pm Thursday through Monday, and 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Boston Fire Museum

Calling all lovers of niche nerdery—Boston Fire Museum offers a fascinating deep dive into Boston’s firefighting history. The building, built in 1892 and the second oldest firehouse in the city, originally housed hand and horse-drawn fire equipment. In short, it’s seen its share of action and has stories to tell. The volunteer-run nonprofit Boston Sparks Association manages the collections, which include an incredible array of vintage apparatus. History buffs can hunker down to learn about Boston’s most headline-worthy fires, like the Great Boston Fire of 1872, and disasters like the 1919 Great Molasses Flood. General admission tickets are free.

Paul Revere House

Located on a narrow, winding street in the North End (and conveniently close to the best Italian restaurants in Boston ), the Paul Revere House is the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston as it was originally built around 1680. The house is known for its famous occupant Paul Revere, who led the revolutionary charge. The house is filled with artifacts including the Revere family’s actual furniture and silver. Tours are self-guided but staff members are on-site to answer any questions. General admission tickets can be purchased onsite for $6 per person. Regular hours are 9:30 am to 5:15 pm Monday through Sunday.

The Sports Museum

There’s more to the Boston sports history than just Fenway Park, as epic as it is. Tucked away on Levels 5 and 6 of TD Garden, The Sports Museum offers more than a half mile of curated sports exhibits honoring the incredible legacy of Boston’s athletic prowess. From our beloved Red Sox and Bruins to the world’s oldest marathon—the Boston Marathon. The only way to access the museum is through a tour, but luckily, they run every half hour from 9:30–2:30, seven days a week, with exceptions for events and holidays. General admission is $30.

Old State House

Surrounded by the Financial District’s towering buildings still stands one of the country’s oldest public buildings. The Old State House , built in 1713, has been preserved to welcome tourists and commuters alike (State Street station, part of the orange and blue line, is in the sub-basement of the building). You’ll find the museum on the upper level, offering thousands of artifacts and a wide-selection of historical documents. Daily tours are held at the Old State House, with none other than colonial characters leading the way and telling stories of the Boston Massacre, which happened right outside of the building.  General admission tickets are $10 per person. Regular hours are every day from 10 am to 5 pm.

One of the more unique experiences in Boston, the three-story Mapparium globe welcomes curious visitors inside . Yup, for just $6, guests can enter the globe and see the world from the inside out, as it was in 1935. Feel very tiny, in the best possible way, as you explore the globe, aglow with light. From there, check out the adjoining How Do You See the World? Exhibit—a celebration of global advancements since 1935 and a reminder of humanity’s cumulative drive toward hope. The Points of Progress exhibit shows a global tally of human initiative, including scientific achievements, advancement in human rights, and more.

Museum of Science

As one of the world’s largest science centers, the Museum of Science is home to ever-changing educational opportunities and workshops involving engineering, tech, math, and plenty more. Plus, the sensory experiences at the museum are unmatched, from the IMAX theater to the Planetarium, which alternates between hosting iconic music nights (like the Beyoncé Experience ) and tours that are truly out of this world . There’s also the Live Animal Care Center to get an up close and personal look at approximately 120 animals.  General admission tickets are $29 per person. The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day.

The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

Take one look at the ICA Boston and you’re already staring art right in its face. The building sits surrounded by the Boston waterfront and captures the revitalization and modern feel of Seaport. So once you’ve finished taking that in while posing on the grand staircase overlooking the ocean, step inside this expansive and open exhibition space. While you’re there, you’ll have the chance to peruse through permanent and traveling exhibits from the most exciting and awe-inspiring contemporary artists of our time—with everything from photographs, sculptures, paintings, interactive installations and live performances. In the past, the museum has even housed works from Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Steve McQueen. Don’t forget to check out the gorgeous ICA store for some memorable merch while you’re at it.  General admission tickets will cost you $20, except during free Thursday nights from 5 to 9 pm. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Museum Of Bad Art

Now located inside Dorchester Brewing Company , the Museum Of Bad Art is back with its utterly unique collections. With around 40 pieces on display at a time, the works may not get much love from traditional institutions, but the MOBA knows how to celebrate each one—collecting and exhibiting artwork just the way it comes, no matter how zany. Admission is free. The museum opens every day at 11:30 am and closes at 9 pm on Sunday and Monday, 10 pm Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 pm on Friday and Saturday.

With more than 1 million prints, rare books, drawings, photographs, films, and holograms, MIT Museum’s collection of research keeps getting better and better. In fact, just recently, the museum reopened in an expanded 56,00-square-foot-space in Kendall Square, with more hands-on learning labs and maker spaces, interactive exhibits, and venues that highlight the impact of science and technology on society.  General admission tickets are $18 per person. The museum is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm.

Boston Children's Museum

In 1913, the Boston Children’s Museum was founded by a group of teachers in Jamaica Plain. Fast forward more than 100 years later, it’s now one of the largest children’s museums in the world. With a top-notch waterfront view, the Boston Children’s Museum helps kids (and adults tagging along) explore health and wellness, literacy, the performing arts, science, technology, math and visual arts programs. As part of the many exhibits, kids have the chance to dive into hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities, dynamic art spaces, multi-sensory art experiences, and more.  General admission tickets are $20 per person. Regular hours are 9 am to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Want more Thrillist? Follow us on  Instagram ,  Twitter ,  Pinterest ,  YouTube ,  TikTok , and  Snapchat .

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Playful STEAM experiences that spark curiosity and develop 21st-century skills. Choose between school year and summer field trips.

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Imagine, experiment, and engage in collaborative play throughout our 20,000 square feet of STEAM exhibits and workshop add-ons. Booking September through mid-June.

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Add some STEAM learning to your summer of fun.

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Explore the Museum virtually any time, anywhere with our virtual field trip videos. The two standards-aligned adventures focus on environmental science content.

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Play, learn, and discover at GCM with your students! GCM offers field trips both in-person and digitally to fit any and every group’s needs. Does your group want to play in our exhibits? Then come play with us in person with our chaperone-guided field trip. Can’t make it to the museum? That’s ok! Enjoy a GCM field trip from anywhere with our digital option. Are you a Title 1 School? We offer special pricing just for you!

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boston children's museum field trips

Day 1 - Planning to arrive Sunday June 16th flying into Logan. Looking at staying at the Residence Inn Cambridge, since they can accommodate five of us (three kids, 10, 13 and 15) and have free breakfast. Planning on Uber from airport to hotel. Would like to go to Sox game that night. Assuming can walk to Fenway from there.

Day 2 - Walk to downtown and spend the day in the city core and Freedom Trail. Would like to see the Constitution if time allows.

Day 3 - Get a rental car in the morning and drive up to Salem /Gloucester for the day. (Residence Inn has parking available). Looking for advice on where to get the rental car . On our return home on Saturday, this may be an issue when we return. See below about coming back from the Cape.

Day 4 - Drive to Lexington/Concorde/Walden Pond, spend the day in this area.

Day 5 and 6 - Drive down to Cape Cod and stop in Plymouth on the way. Looking for some place mid budget to stay on the Cape within walking distance to a nice beach. Budget around $300/night for someplace there. Would like to spend last two days relaxing and less sight seeing.

Day 7 - return home day, from the Cape back to Logan. Probably a late morning flight . This would be a Saturday, June 22nd. Need to factor in drive time and return of rental car before departing from airport.

I appreciate any feedback or thoughts. Boston seems to be such and overwhelming City and almost too much to see and do in such a short time.

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1) it’s a long walk, but doable. I used to work in that neighborhood and walked to games because the trains were full, but it is an easy MBTA trip.

2) Unless you get a really late start then you should have plenty of time to do the entire Freedom Trail and still make a proper visit to the Constitution along the way. The start of the Freedom Trail will be a slightly shorter walk from your hotel than Fenway Park, but again you can also take the red line to the Park Street station, which is basically right where the Freedom Trail starts. That said, the Longfellow Bridge and the Beacon Hill neighborhood are again perfectly nice places to walk. The views of downtown Boston from the Longfellow Bridge are a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

3) There are a couple of rental car offices near(ish) your hotel, including a Budget/Avis and an Enterprise. I would still advise what Northern_Traveler suggested and do a wider search of Boston rental car prices for your dates. Rental cars can be quite pricey in Boston and you may find a much better price by sending one of the adults on a short journey to a rental car office that isn't quite as close to the hotel. In fact, if it were me, and if the rental car prices at the airport are competitive, I'd strongly consider sending one of the adults out to the airport to pickup a car there. It's going to make life much easier on Saturday when you return from the Cape.

5/6) If you haven't booked a place on the Cape yet I'd suggest making that your top priority. By late June the Cape is getting pretty busy and mid-range places, especially ones convenient to the beach, will be disappearing quickly.

Also, day 2, with three kids, I’d hop on the subway (Red Line - Kendall Station) to downtown and save the walking for the Freedom Trail . The kids would love the train ride!

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Are you adverse to public transportation? According to google maps it is 1.6 miles /37 minutes from your hotel to the start of the Freedom Trail. You can be there in less than 15 minutes if you take the red line.

Don’t under estimate area drive times. I live near Logan airport. This morning I had to get past the airport to a city southerst of Boston . 27 miles. I punched in the GPS it told ne “estimated arrival time 7:31. I realized I firgit coffee and ran back in the house. Came straight out .. estimated arrival — 7:38. Actual srrival time was 7:55!

Saturday traffic leaving the Cape can be quite heavy because most house/cottage/condo rentals run Sat afternoon to Sat morning. Allow plenty of time. If you can get a late afternoon flight rather than a late morning flight , my advice would be to do it.

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Welcome to the 2023–2024 school year.

The Children’s Museum is a favorite field trip destination for both students and teachers. The museum provides exhibits, enriched learning experiences, and inquiry-based programs. Professional educators design museum experiences around Indiana’s Academic Standards in science, math, social studies, language arts, the arts, and health and wellness to expand the museum visit into a cross-curricular experience.

A field trip to remember

Give your students a field trip to remember at the world’s biggest and best children’s museum complex! Whether you’re exploring our five floors of interactive fun on your own or adding a program or special event, we have you covered with the details. You can even add an experience in our 7.5 acre Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience ® on select fall and spring dates.

Step 1: Know the basics

The museum is open for school groups during these times:

Sept. 5, 2023–May 24, 2024 Tuesday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

The museum is closed to school groups on Mondays and during these school breaks:

Fall Break: Oct. 10–20, 2023 Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 22–24, 2023 Winter Break: Dec. 22, 2023–Jan. 5, 2024 Spring Break: March 19–April 5, 2024

Indiana school group admission Indiana school groups are eligible to receive a reduced admission rate valid for groups of 20 or more students during the school year.

Students: $6.75

Required chaperones: One adult for every 10 students is required. One adult for every five students is free. Additional adults will be charged $8.75 each. If a student requires one-on-one care, the caregiver will be required to show a school identification name badge at check-in for free admission

Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience ® Option Must be purchased in combination with a museum field trip at an additional cost of $2 per student. Additional chaperones are also required. See detailed information in the programs section below.

Students can be a hungry bunch! Choose from these three options for your field trip lunches:

  • Bring your own lunches and schedule a 25-minute break in our indoor sack lunch area
  • Dine in our Food Court on your own. Be aware that long lines may be an issue.
  • Order catered Food Court lunches* for groups of 50 or more. Choose meals from our school lunch menu or customize your own. Catered lunches are available.

Questions? Contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000 or 800-820-6214 or email [email protected].

Step 2: Plan a self-guided tour

We have five floors of exciting interactive exhibits ready to engage your students in learning. In our permanent exhibits you can explore a space station, uncover the mysteries of an Egyptian tomb, discover how science impacts our daily lives, and so much more. The museum also hosts nationally recognized temporary exhibits throughout the year. You can find the full exhibit line-up here.

Visit tip–The Carousel

Carousel tickets can be purchased in advance. Please make arrangements while completing your reservation. Rides are $1 per rider. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Carousel fees will be added to your admission.

Step 3: Add a program or event

Add a school program or special event expertly guided by our trained educators to enhance your students’ field trip experience! School programs and events are included in the cost of field trip admission, but space is limited, and they must be reserved in advance when you call to schedule your field trip. Reserve you spot today!

Arts & Humanities

Sports experience.

From Dino Day to Art Extravaganza!, our calendar is full of school-specific events that will keep your students engaged.

Schedule your field trip on one of the dates listed below and add the event to your registration when you call! Event days fill up quickly, so book now!

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CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story

Tues & Thurs | April-May 2024 | See an Apollo-era console & watch CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story in the Space Object Theater Details

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Discover art, history, archaeology, and storytelling in an Arts & Humanities School Program.

Preregistration is required. Select an engaging Arts & Humanities School Program for your grade level and schedule your field trip on the day of the week when it is offered. Capcity is limited to 30 students per program session, so call today to pre-register your class!

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Chihuly Art (Grades K–5)

Fridays | Sept.-May | Create a Chihuly-inspired piece of art! Details

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POP Culture Characters: Superheroes! (Grades 3–5)

Thursdays | Sept.-May | In this experience, students use art and literacy skills as they create a visual image of their own comic book character and construct their backstory. Details

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Secrets of the Artifact (Grades 3–5)

Wednesdays | Sept.-May | Students form teams of archaeologists and examine a mysterious artifact. Choose Egypt, China, or the Caribbean! Details

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Making Your Mark: Protest Art (Grades 6–8)

Tuesdays | Sept.-Dec. | Learn about the tradition of protest art and how artists have used their art to share a message! Details

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Found Voices (Grades 6–8) 

Tuesdays | Jan.-May | By engaging with stories and artifacts, students explore the circumstances that forced Anne Frank into hiding. They then connect with her writing by using passages from her diary to create found poems. Details

Step into our state-of-the-art STEMLab, located inside the ScienceWorks exhibit and explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with our STEM School Programs.

Preregistration is required. Select an engaging STEM School Program for you grade level and schedule your field trip on the day of the week when it is offered. Capacity is limited to 30 students per program session, so call today to pre-register you class!

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NEW Climate Science Programs (Grades 2-8)

A series of NASA-funded programs for grades 2-8 about weather and climate. Details

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GUEST SCIENTIST From Microbes to Medicines (Grades 6-8)

Tues. Apr. 23 | Culture bacteria from your own backyard with a guest scientist. Details

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Dr. Percy Julian (Grades 3–5)

Wednesdays | February | Work though two hands-on procedures that Dr. Julian used in his own lab: chromatography and the isolation of protein from soybeans. Details

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Weather Tools (Grades K–2)

Fridays | Sept.-Jan. | In this program, students experience a basic introduction to some of the tools meteorologists use to measure the weather. Details

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Water Works (Grades K–2)

Thursdays | Jan.-Mar. | Explore the unique physical properties of water through experimentation in this laboratory experience. Details

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Plants Alive! Seed Germination (Grades K–2) 

Fridays | Feb.-May | Examine a seed to learn what makes it so special, and then test your green thumb by getting seeds ready to germinate. Details

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Geology Tour (Grades 3–5)

Tuesdays | Jan.-Feb. | Students will learn what types of observations they must make to classify a rock correctly and the physical properties that make up each rock category. Details

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Test Track (Grades 3–5)

Thursdays | April - May | Complete a scientific test to learn how different surfaces affect speed and motion. Details

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Coding with Robonaut (Grades 3-8)

Wednesdays | Sept.-Nov. | How do cutting-edge robots help astronauts complete tasks in space? Details

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Pegboard Engineering (Grades 3–8)

Wednesdays | Dec.-Jan. | Mar.-May | Work on collaborative designs and create prototypes to test out ideas while designing a pegboard marble run. Details

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Behind the Genes (Grades 6–9)

Tuesdays | Mar.-May | Students will explore the genotype and phenotype of conventional and genetically modified soybeans through visual observation, protein testing, and DNA extraction.  Details

Preschool groups wishing to visit Playscape® are required to make a reservation for a program which includes a 30-minute self-guided visit in the gallery. Programs are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Preregistration required.

Small groups will not be permitted entrance to Playscape® outside of a preschool’s registered time slot. No reservations are available for Thursdays or Fridays. For questions regarding Playscape® reservations or group policies, please inquire when scheduling your group visit or contact [email protected] .

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Playscape®: Experiencing Art Together

Sept–Dec 2023 | Preschool/Pre-K only | Tuesdays & Wednesdays | Students will participate in a visual literacy lesson where they will make observations about a piece of real artwork. Next, students will use that work of art as inspiration to create their own masterpiece using a variety of artist’s tools and mediums. Details

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Playscape®: Making Music Together

Jan–May 2024 | Preschool/Pre-K only | Tuesdays & Wednesdays | A facilitator will lead students in musical activities using instruments, their voices, and bodies that incorporate tune, beat, and movement. After the program, students can explore Playscape with their chaperones. Details

Riley Sports Legends Experience®

The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience ® encourages your students to be active. Choose to register for a self-guided visit or get students game-ready with a Double-Goal certified Coach and participate in a challenge inspired by the story of a Sports Legend in a 30-minute interactive program, followed by 60 minutes for chaperone-led exploration. Interactive programs include sports experiences in track and field, hockey, and tennis.

Programs last 30 minutes and are offered at 10, 10:45, and 11:30 a.m. Closed-toed shoes are required, and appropriate outerwear is recommended.

Students: $2 + standard student admission Adult Chaperones : One adult is required for every five students. These required chaperones are free. Additional chaperones will cost $2 + additional chaperone admission.

Register for a visit with an entry time of 1:15 p.m. or later to receive a discount.

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The Wayne Gretzky Legendary Hockey Challenge

Tues.-Fri. | Sept.–Nov., Apr.–May | Experience the thrill of the game in this fast-paced hockey challenge. Details

The Barbara Wynne Legendary Tennis Challenge 

Tues.-Fri. | Sept.–Nov., Apr.–May | Feel the energy on the court in this beginner level tennis challenge. Details

The Wilma Rudolph Legendary Track and Field Challenge

Tues.-Fri. | Sept.–Nov., Apr.–May | Get ready to race like an Olympian in this high-speed track challenge. Details

Ready to book?

Call our Customer Service Center daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 800-820-6214 or 317-334-4000 at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Here is what you need to have ready:

  • Three dates or a day of the week that works for you.
  • A list of programs you wish to attend. Note capacities and grade levels—only preschool classes may make reservations for, or be permitted access to, the Playscape ® gallery.
  • Your selected lunch option
  • A complete count of teachers, chaperones, and students. Reservations should be made for the maximum number of youths and adults expected.
  • Your school’s phone number, address, and district.

Watch for your confirmation packet to arrive within two weeks of registration. Call the Customer Service Center if you do not receive yours.

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5 things to do this weekend, including somerville porchfest and duckling day.

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, but there’s more to do this weekend than rummaging through the card aisle at CVS. Why pace the store when you could bring yourself on a walk through Somerville’s Porchfest or along a usually locked-up dam? Better yet, ask a mother figure in your life if she wants to come along, and you’ve got yourself some solid quality time. From the start of a weekly free yoga series to where to find the best flowers, there’s a world out there to explore this weekend. (Side note: In preparing for this weekend’s roundup, I read that opening line about CVS in my post from last year . It made me laugh out loud as if I was reading it for the first time, so I thought I’d recycle it. Maybe another idea for something to do this weekend is write a joke, put it in a jar and then see if it makes you laugh a year later.)

Free Summer Yoga

Thursday, may 9.

Feeling like you could use some breathing, stretching and shavasana? Attend free yoga at Boston Common on Thursday night for a mental and physical reset. Class goes from 6 to 7 p.m. at Frog Pond, and runs weekly through the end of August (excluding July 4). The class rotates instructors, and this week’s session will be taught by Genevieve Oba, who has been practicing yoga since childhood. Her bio even describes her appearance in a 1980s yoga for children workout video in which she sported a Princess Leia hairstyle. Check the website after 3:30 p.m. on the day of class for any cancellations.

Somerville Porchfest 2024

Saturday, may 11.

Somerville’s most neighborly musical event is once again bringing people to porches, streets and backyards. Running annually since 2011, Somerville Porchfest is like a blend of a walk through the neighborhood and a sonic choose-your-own-adventure. You may stumble across a solo violinist or a band rocking out. The theme of this year’s iteration is “Keep Porchfest Positive,” a phrase that organizers have adopted as Porchfest has grown exponentially since its homegrown roots. Performances are free and run from noon until 6 p.m. Consult both the schedule and map to plan your stroll accordingly. Recommendations from our team include Guster (wow),  Rocket Ship , Otis Shanty , JP Honk Band and Balla Kouyaté & Mike Block Duo . Porchfest has a rain date of Sunday, May 12. If there is inclement weather, the decision to move the event will be made on Friday at noon, according to the website.

Porchfest (Courtesy of Somerville Arts Council)

Wachusett Dam Day

If Porchfest is too noisy for you, perhaps you’ll prefer a peaceful walk along Massachusetts’ second largest body of water: Wachusett Reservoir. The Wachusett Dam in the town of Clinton used to be open to the public until the 1990s for safety and security reasons. Then in 2005 , the Department of Conservation and Recreation opened the walkways to the public as a one day event. More recently it’s been a more regular occurrence, typically opening twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. This Saturday the gates will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is available along Route 70 and at Clinton middle and high schools, about a mile from the dam. Pair it with a sunset hike up Wachusett Mountain or a trip to Wachusett Brewing Company in Westminster to complete your day trip.

Duckling Day Parade

Sunday, may 12.

Make way! Boston marks its annual celebration of Robert McCloskey’s 1941 illustrated classic “Make Way for Ducklings” by encouraging little ones to dress up as ducks and parade through Boston Common. While the spectacle is free, admission to Playtime on the Common costs $35 per family and begins at 10 a.m. at the Parkman Bandstand, where there will be live music, interactive activities, performances and goody bags for children. While you’re there, be sure to say hello to Nancy Schön’s 1987 statue of a mother duck with her eight bronze ducklings and look out for blooming tulips throughout the park’s gardens. Organizers have stated that they’re determined to make the event happen rain or shine. Hopefully, the rain will clear Sunday, but if it’s not, just think of how well those cute, teeny yellow rain boots will match the duckling outfits!

Ducking Day on the Boston Common. (Courtesy Michael Dwyer)

Mother’s Day weekend celebrations

Saturday, may 11-sunday, may 12.

Why buy flowers on Mother’s Day when you could go see the world-famous glass flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History ? They’ll certainly last longer and won’t stink up the joint as they wilt. Other museums are leaning into the Mother’s Day celebrations a bit more heavily. Over at the Harvard Art Museums , there will be a more touchable floral offering: free origami flowers . This is an event to complement Latoya M. Hobbs’ portrayal of motherhood in “ It’s Time ,” a large-scale series of prints of different scenes from a single day in a mother’s life. At the ICA , admission is free for the whole family (and it’s also a “ BPS Sundays day” at many other participating museums). The museum will host two tours of its exhibition surveying the work of Firelei Báez , with one starting at 11 a.m. and another at 2 p.m. If you want to venture farther outside of Boston, go to the North Shore for a Tulip Fest at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury or head west to The Trustees’ Daffodil and Tulip Festival at Naumkeag in Stockbridge.

Origami Flowers (Courtesy of Harvard Art Museums)

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