Whether you have already booked a field trip with us, or are interested in bringing your group to the Science Museum, this page has all the information you will need to prepare for your visit!
A minimum of 10 paying guests are required to qualify for the group rate and to book a Live Science Program. Group admission is $10 per person, bringing the minimum group admission to $100 (10 guests at $10 per guest). Live Science Programs can be added for $4 per guest, bringing the minimum group admission including a Live Science Program to $140 (10 guests at $14 per guest). Click here to learn more about group booking for your homeschool group.
We strive to give all guests the best experience possible, so we staff appropriately to support group visits. To allow us to provide an unforgettable experience for your group, we ask that you observe the below group policies:
Discounted group admission is available for groups of 10 or more paying guests. Guests who qualify for free admission (guests 2 and younger or teachers, for example) do not count toward the total group number.
Exhibitions + Dome
Exhibitions + Live Science
Exhibitions + Dome + Live Science
Additional Live Science Programs can be added to your group visit for an additional $4 per person.
The group leader should come to the front desk and check in with our Guest Services staff. They will confirm your schedule for the day, provide the admission stickers for everyone in the group, and let you know your scheduled lunch time and location (if available). Please ask all students and chaperones to unload on the Front Portico and a Guest Services associate will greet the group and direct the bus on where to park. Please do not park in the parking deck. Buses do not fit in the deck and attempting to park in the deck can cause damage to the bus and the parking deck.
To reduce the number of lost and found items, we ask that all students leave coats and backpacks on the bus, if possible. We do not have storage areas for coats or backpacks.
We require one adult chaperone per 10 students for grades pre K–12. Students must be accompanied by a chaperone at all times while in the Science Museum.
Lunches will be scheduled by a Guest Services Associate before your group arrives at the Science Museum. Staff will provide the scheduled lunch time to the group leader upon check in. A lunch spot and time are not guaranteed, so please be prepared to eat on your buses or on the lawn if no spots are available.
Our Guest Services staff will bring out a lunch bin for your students to put their lunches in. Your group's lunches will be delivered to your location at the scheduled time and then brought back to the main exit for your departure.
Groups can add a Dome feature to their visit for $4 per person.
Live Science Programs must be scheduled two weeks in advance because space is very limited.
All Live Science Programs are 30-45 minutes long. We will ask that your group meet at the Foucault Pendulum 15 minutes before your program start time so one of our educators can bring your group to the program location.
Add a performance to your Science Museum visit when you register for no additional fee.
Our professional tale tellers deliver intriguing science stories with energy and style for our guests. Performances run between 15 and 20 minutes in length and can accommodate up to 120 guests, depending on space availability.
Click here to see the Carpenter Science Theater programing we offer.
A Guest Services Associate will greet the bus driver and direct them where to park upon arrival. Please note that our Front Circle is for loading/unloading and for guests driving to the parking deck. To ensure guest safety, bus drivers should extend their bus’s stop sign and turn on it’s flashing lights when loading/unloading guests. Once complete, bus drivers should retract the stop sign so traffic can flow in the loop. Buses should follow parking signs and directions from staff. Please do not park in the parking deck. Buses do not fit in the deck and attempting to park in the deck can cause damage to the bus and parking deck.