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Field Trip Guide

Help Your Chaperones Meet Your Goals!

Start here to create an editable and printable document that outlines your field trip itinerary, learning goals, student questions, etc.


a. Below, filter Museum offerings by grade level and learning goal.

b. Select up to 4 offerings to add to your field trip guide. Your selections will be shown on the right.

c. Click the "Get Your Guide" button.

In Your Guide

Step 1: Offerings


74 Results

The following activity sheets match one or more of your selections.

  • A Bird's World

    A Bird's World

    Use the interactive computer kiosks and your skills in observation to compare and contrast the features of local birds. This exhibit includes a specimen of every bird found in New England!

    • Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 12
    • Green Wing, Lower Level

    Starting Points

    • What are some common characteristics that all birds share? What are some differences you notice?
    • What kinds of different habitats are featured in this exhibit? Can you tell which birds live near the water? In the forest?
  • Amazing Journeys

    Amazing Journeys

    Follow the life-and-death dramas of five of the most incredible animal migrations — monarch butterflies, migratory birds, gray whales, red crabs, and zebras.

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Mugar Omni Theater

    Starting Points

    • Why do different animals migrate?
    • How do they find their way from one part of the world to another?
  • Art and Science Gallery

    Art and Science Gallery

    The Museum's Art and Science Gallery features a rotating selection of artists' works that blend the creative with the scientific in a more traditional art museum setting.

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Art & Science Gallery

    Starting Points

    • In what ways is this exhibit considered art? In what ways is it considered science?
    • What is your favorite piece is this exhibit? Why?
  • Audiokinetic Sculpture

    Audiokinetic Sculpture

    Explore forces and motion while marveling at an amazing feat of art and science. Watch as multicolored balls shake, spin, balance, and fall to create a captivating array of sounds and movements.

    • Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 12
    • Atrium

    Starting Points

    • Follow a ball from start to finish. Which way did it go? What kinds sounds did it trigger a long the way?
  • Butterfly Garden

    Butterfly Garden

    Walk among live butterflies and observe the wide variety of their size, pattern, and color adaptations. Go to the Emergence Box to see live butterfly chrysalides and learn about insect life cycles.

    • Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 8
    • Blue Wing, Level 2

    Starting Points

    • What are butterflies like? Can you think of words to describe them?
    • How do butterflies behave? Can you find a butterfly drinking, flying, or standing still?
  • Butterfly Garden Experience

    Butterfly Garden Experience

    Focusing on butterfly life cycles, characteristics, and classification, this program gives students a close-up experience with these amazing flying insects. Students participate in guided observations led by Museum educators.

    • Recommended for Grades K - 2
    • Blue Wing, Level 2

    Starting Points

    • What are some of the characteristics of insects?
    • What are the stages of a butterfly life cycle?
  • Catching the Wind

    Catching the Wind

    Learn about how turbines transform wind into green energy, and track energy production in the Museum's own Wind Lab, a group of nine wind turbines mounted on the Museum roof.

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Blue Wing, Lower Level

    Starting Points

    • How do wind turbines make energy?
    • On your way out of the museum today, see if you can spot any of our wind turbines on the roof. What do they look like?
  • Charles Hayden Planetarium

    Charles Hayden Planetarium

    Explore our solar system and its thousands of components — the Sun, the planets, the moon, and newly discovered objects — that are changing the way we view our place in space.

    • Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 12
    • Red Wing, Level 1

    Starting Points

    • What conditions make a planet suitable for life?
    • What are some differences between stars and planets?
    • What kinds of objects are in a solar system? A galaxy?
  • Choose Your Own Exhibit

    Choose Your Own Exhibit

    Work together with your group to choose any exhibit you would like to explore! Check in with your group to find out what they are interested in. Look at the map. Ask around. Work together to choose something everyone wants to see, then go there! Write down the name of the exhibit you visited and circle its location on the map.

    • Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 12
    • Museum of Science

    Starting Points

    • What did you find interesting about this exhibit?
    • Why did you choose it?
  • Clark Collection of Mechanical Movement Models

    Clark Collection of Mechanical Movement Models

    View the Clark Collection of Mechanical Movement Models on the lower level. Push the buttons to see the models move. Figure out how simple machines are used in the model steam engine on display across the room.

    • Recommended for Grades K - 12
    • Blue Wing, Lower Level

    Starting Points

    • Can you find any models that use simple machines? What kinds?
    • What do you think these models might have been used for?