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Field Trips

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

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.

How to Make a Reservation

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.

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.

Plan Your Visit

Along with our amazing Exhibits, we offer a wide rang of scientific experiences that will take your field trip to the next level. Use the links below to see everything we offer and start planning your next field trip!

Field Trip Offerings Page

View the Museum floor plan

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.

Visitor Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar, Apr, and May – Aug Sept, Oct, and Jan
Educators FREE FREE
Students: First Visit $10.00 $5.00**
Students: Second Visit $5.00 n/a
Chaperones: First Visit $5.00 $5.00**
Chaperones: Second Visit $5.00 n/a

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%.

Exhibit Hall Add Ons

Fees vary for reserved field trip add-on programs.

Add-On Price Per Person
Planetarium $4.00
IMAX Film $4.00
4-D Theater $4.00

Venue Only

Exhibit Halls admission not included

Add-OnPrice Per Person
Planetarium Only$6.00
IMAX Film Only$6.00

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.

Payment Methods

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

Savings and Scholarships

  • -   $5.00 Field Trips in September, October, and January

    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.

  • -   Multiple Visit Rates

    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.

  • -   Scholarships and More Ways to Save
    Reduced Exhibit Halls admission is available for qualifying schools. Please note that funding is limited and is distributed first come, first served.

Changes and Cancellations

  • -   Changing Group Size

    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: fieldtrips@mos.org.

    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.

  • -   Cancellations
    Please notify Science Central immediately: 617-723-2500, fieldtrips@mos.org. Missed reservations without notice prior to the visit date are subject to a non-cancellation fee.


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.

Learn more about bus parking (PDF)


Lunch Options

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

    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
    • All lunches come with a bag of Potato Chips, Cookie (GF available upon request), 8 oz water, and hand fruit. Meals must be requested at least 4 business days in advance. Please advise any dietary restrictions upon booking. Call 617-723-2500 to reserve your school group lunch package today!

  • -   Food Vouchers

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

  • -   Bag Lunches

    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.

Guidelines for Student Visits and Chaperone Policy

  • -   Chaperone Policy

    • 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.

  • -   Educators and chaperones must ensure that students:

    • 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.

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.

  • -   Home School Museum Membership

    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
  • -   Library Pass Programs

    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.