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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Plan a Field Trip

At a Glance

  • Advanced reservations may be required

Schedule a guided, inquiry-centered program to enhance your students’ field trip experience. These programs offer hands-on access to objects from the museum’s collection with a guided, inquiry-centered program. Programs expand themes from the Museum’s exhibitions and engage students in the kinds of research activities that Museum scientists conduct every day.

Hands-on programs take place in the exhibit halls and in Museum labs and classrooms. Many programs require advance reservations. Please see the details for each program for further information about reservations.


Getting to the Museum

Discovery Room

  • Grades K-8
  • Reservations required
  • Free
Security and Chaperones

Forensic Lab

  • Grades 4-10
  • Reservations Required
  • Free
Navigating the Museum

Insect Zoo

  • Grades K-12
  • Reservations NOT required
  • Free

Lunch Options

Naturalist Center

  • Grades 5-12
  • Reservations Required
  • Free

 

Located in Leesburg, VA

Lunch Options

Discover Stations

  • Grades K-10
  • Reservations NOT required
  • Free

 

Located in exhibitions

Lunch Options

Butterfly Pavilion

  • Grades K-12
  • Reservations required
  • Admission charge (Free Tuesdays)

Lunch Options

Johnson IMAX Theater

  • Grades 3-12 (Recommended)
  • Reservations required
  • Admission Charge

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