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Group Visits

Group Visits

Since its founding by teachers a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. We welcome visiting groups from schools, community groups, afterschool programs, childcare centers, and even colleges and corporations to roll up their sleeves, learn together, and interact with our world-class exhibits and staff. We support learning by providing real objects and direct experiences that encourage imagination, curiosity, and questioning. Our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious!

For information about organizing your visit, reservations, and policies please explore the sections below.

You can start a reservation right now by clicking the Request a Reservation button above or by calling our Groups Coordinator between 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. Reservation requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Groups Coordinator at 617-426-6500 x405 or e-mail GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org

Group Visit Types

Boston Children's Museum offers Self-Guided Visits and Program Visits.

Self-Guided Visits
Cost: $13 per student
Explore our exhibits and enjoy daily public programs at your own pace, following the children’s curiosity and imagination. Enjoy familiar experiences or try something new as children and adults develop knowledge and skills together.

Program Visits
Cost: $16 per student (50 student maximum)
A one-hour educator-led program and time for self-directed museum exploration. See the list below for current program offerings.

 

 
 

Current Program Offerings

ExplorasaurusEXPLORE•A•SAURUS (NEW!)
This all-new school program complements our dinosaur exhibit, Explore•a•Saurus. Examine real fossil evidence and discuss how scientists know what they know about dinosaurs. Get up close and personal with our Dilophosaurus, create your own fossil trackways, and walk in the footprints of prehistoric creatures large and small. Grades 2 & 3

 

KevaKINDER KEVA (NEW!)
In this all-new, hands-on building and design program, Kindergarteners engage in design challenges that build skills in engineering, executive function, communication, and teamwork. Small groups of students circulate through a series of KEVA plank design challenges with their chaperones and teachers. Challenges promote creative problem solving and develop varied skills. This program aligns with both MA state frameworks and Next Generation Science Standards. Grade K–1

 

Money MattersMONEY MATTERS
Students role-play working in our Boston Black exhibit, discuss important community roles and jobs, and “spend” their money at the local barber shop, flower store, corner market, and restaurant. Together, they explore the many ways that members of a community rely on each other for goods and services. This program aligns with Massachusetts Standards in Economics and Mathematics. Grades K–2



Balls and TracksBALLS AND TRACKS
After observing gravity, friction and momentum in action, students work in groups to design their own unique Raceways track. Kids are the engineers as each team of students designs a roller coaster track. In addition to putting their problem-solving skills to work, students practice teamwork. Design challenges can be adjusted to suit your grade. Grades 1–3



Japanese HouseA DAY IN THE LIFE OF A JAPANESE CHILD
Take off your shoes and step into an authentic 100-year-old house from Kyoto, Japan. Experience a typical day for a Japanese child and discover what customs, artifacts, and aspects of home and school life in Japan are similar to, and different from, your own. Immerse yourself in the culture through hands-on activities in the Kyo-no-Machiya (the Japanese House) using contemporary stories, objects, and images. Grades 1–3

 

SuminagashiSUMINAGASHI
Only offered with A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child
Suminagashi (Japanese for ink-floating) is a paper marbling technique that has been passed down from generation to generation. Students learn the “secrets” of this technique and use them to create one-of-a-kind images on paper. They surprise teachers and themselves as they master the focus and tranquility of this unforgettable art-making experience. Grades 1–3

 

Shake Rattle and RollSHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL
In this exciting engineering and design program, students work in small teams to build a structure that can survive an earthquake. Using ordinary craft materials, they engineer a structure that is strong, yet flexible, and test their creation on our specially designed earthquake table. The ultimate challenge is
to build the tallest possible structure than can survive the quake!  Grades 3–5


Sponsored Visits

Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our donors and corporate sponsors, Boston Children's Museum grants partially sponsored admission visits to qualifying groups throughout the calendar year. To qualify, your organization must be a non-profit that supports our mission and the enrichment of the museum's core audience, children ages 0-10.

To apply for a Sponsored Visit, please request a reservation using by clicking the "Request a Reservation" Button at the top of this page.

For more information on participating in our sponsored visit program contact our Groups Coordinator at (617) 426-6500, ext. 405 or GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org

FAQs

What ages are appropriate for a visit? The museum and do-it-yourself visits are geared towards children 0-10. Program visits are geared towards first grade and above though the program may be adapted for younger students by request.

How far in advance should we schedule a group visit? Group visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance. We recommend booking at least a month in advance to ensure availability.

Do we need a reservation for our group visit? Yes, in order to receive the group rate, you must book a visit at least two weeks in advance.

How long should we allow for a visit? We recommend at least two hours to explore the museum, but groups are welcome to stay longer.

Can we book a group visit on a Saturday or Sunday? Yes, your group can book a Self-Guided Visit during the weekend, but the Program Visits are not available. Please note that the Group Welcome Room is not available for groups visiting on the weekend.

Can we use memberships to pay for our group visit? No, memberships and other discounts/passes cannot be used towards group admissions.

Our organization/school serves low income areas/families. Do you have any funds available for us? Yes! Through the generosity of our museum donors, we are able to offer partially sponsored visits to qualifying groups throughout the year. For more information contact GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org or 617-426-6500 x405.

How many chaperones should we bring? Boston Children's Museum requires one chaperone for every five students; those chaperones are admitted free. We cannot guarantee admission to groups bringing less than the required amount of chaperones. If you bring any adults above the 5:1 ratio, we will charge the museum general admission price. Please be advised, if your number of students changes on the day of your visit, your free chaperone number will be adjusted as well. All chaperones must be over the age of 16. Anyone under the age of 16 is considered a child.

Do teachers count as chaperones? Yes, teachers count as chaperones and will be counted towards the 5:1 ratio.

When do we pay for our visit? You will pay on the day of your visit upon your arrival. All group leaders are required to check-in at the admissions desk upon arrival.

How do we pay for our visit? We accept cash, checks, credit cards and authorized purchase orders only.

What is your cancellation policy? All visits must be canceled/rescheduled at least 7 days in advance. No-show groups and groups that cancel/reschedule less than 7 days in advance will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

What is your refund policy? Refunds for payments that exceed the balance due will only be issued if they are more than $50. The refund will be mailed to the organization after the visit. This policy applies to pre-filled out checks presented at the admissions desk. There are NO cash back refunds given at the admissions desk.

Where should our buses drop-off/pick-up? Your buses must drop-off/pick-up on Sleeper Street behind the museum. You will enter the museum through the Group Welcome Entrance at the opposite end of building from the main entrance. Do not unload your buses on Congress Street. Your group will not be allowed to enter the museum through the main entrance.

Where can our buses park? Boston Children's Museum does not have any on-site parking. Bus Parking is available at 390 Congress Street. For rates and more information, please call LAZ Parking at 617-737-3363. There are a number of other above ground lots that allow buses within walking distance of the museum.

Do you have somewhere we can eat lunch? Weather permitting; you may eat your lunch on the boardwalk or in Children's Wharf Park. If the weather is inclement, you may eat your lunch in our Group Welcome Room or lunch room. Please be advised, these areas are open to all museum visitors and groups. We recommend eating your lunch in smaller groups to ensure seating. Aside from water, no food or drinks of any kind are allowed in the Museum exhibits.

Do you have somewhere we can store our lunches/belongings? Yes, your group will be assigned a bin to store your lunches and other belongings. Please do not store valuable items in the group bins; Boston Children's Museum is not responsible for items left in the bins. Please lock your valuables in the lockers on the first floor.

If you have any questions regarding a group visit, please contact our Groups Coordinator at 617-426-6500 x405 or GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org