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Planning a Field Trip

The Online Field Trip Guide

Plan a field trip to the Museum of Science this school year! Focus your students with Exhibit Halls programs and learning experiences that support your curriculum goals and objectives. Learning in the Museum offers a dynamic way of engaging children to think like scientists and engineers.

Getting Started

Planning a great field trip is like planning any great adventure. Spending time to research options up front will help ensure your time at the Museum is as productive and enjoyable as it can be.

To get started, print out the Museum map (PDF). Consider your approximate arrival and departure times, the number of students, and calculate the number of chaperones you will need.

Consider your goals for the field trip Do you want to reinforce classroom learning about specific topics in science, engineering or mathematics? Do you want to use the trip to learn about something you can't learn at school? Is this a reward where fun is the top priority?

The Field Trip Guide is available in hard copy, and the PDF can be downloaded here for offline viewing.

1. Plan your visit

Planning your visit on a fixed date: If you have only one fixed day available, the best approach is to use the online guide to conduct a search by day. Narrow your search by grade level and program type to see what options are available. Study the options and record items of interest. Write down questions you may have, then continue to step 2.

Planning a visit on a flexible schedule: Start by browsing through the online guide by type of activity (exhibit, live presentations, Omni films, Planetarium shows or program) to find offerings of interest to your class. Where possible, we have mapped offerings to state and national learning standards by both primary and secondary connection, making it possible to search by curriculum connection. As not all programs are available every day, you may need to narrow down a set of date options which are optimal given your desires.

Tips for Large Groups: 150 Students or More

  • Museum capacity is limited. It can be difficult for large groups to maneuver throughout the Exhibit Halls and to fit comfortably into our theaters. Therefore, we recommend school groups break up into smaller groups led by chaperones.
  • Venue capacities are limited. You may want to consider a plan in which half the group sees a presentation, show, or program at one time while the other half sees it at another time.
  • For further consultation on managing a large group: fieldtrips@mos.org.

2. Create a timeline

Make notes of your options and include start and run time for live presentations, films or timed events. Based on the programs and exhibits you are planning to attend, select lunch time to schedule and propose when making your reservation.

3. Use activity sheets

Consider using Field Trip Activity Sheets to enhance your visit. These include chaperone guides to help direct a topic-specific field trip.

4. Contact us with questions

Contact a Museum educator to review your field trip plan by writing to fieldtrips@mos.org. Alternatively, you can ask clarifying questions by telephone, by calling Science Central at 617-723-2500. We will also be happy to accommodate planning meetings by appointment, in person or over the phone: 617-589-0172.

5. Make your reservations

Make your reservations by contacting Science Central at 617-723-2500. Have your planning template filled out and ready to go.

6. Be prepared

Prepare for your visit by using the confirmation information to tell your students and chaperones about the game plan.

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