A group of field trip students running near the Education Entrance

Field Trip Information

The museum offers field trip groups the opportunity to explore tried and true permanent exhibits, like the Dinosaurs & Fossils gallery, Collectors’ Corner, or RACE: Are We So Different?; as well as traveling and special exhibits at the educator’s and class’ discretion. Whether you want to pick a few exhibits that pair well with learning objectives or let your class dive into whatever they’re passionate about is up to you!

Drop off and pick up

All field trip groups will enter the museum at our main entrance on Kellogg Boulevard. A map of the museum is available as well as instructions for bus drivers. Educators and students will start out their visit on level five in the lobby.

At the end of your reserved field trip time, buses should return to Kellogg Boulevard to pick up the field trip group.

The Science Museum is committed to being an accessible place for people of any ability. Learn more about sensory-friendly resources, wheelchair accessibility and storage, and more amenities before your field trip.

Lunch and storage during field trips

Lunch is not provided at the museum, so educators and students are encouraged to bring their own lunches. We do offer snacks for purchase at the Explore Store and at food vendors within and outside of the museum if a field trip visitor forgets their meal. The Explore Store is open whenever the museum is open.

To reserve space for lunch at the museum, please let the Contact Center know when you call to book your field trip that you would also like to reserve a space.

Storage is not available at the museum, so please keep all personal belongings with you or on the bus.



Pricing and scheduling

Field trips cost $8.00 per student for standard school groups or $3.00 per student for reduced-price eligible school groups.

Schools with 50% or more of their students approved for free and reduced-price meals are eligible for reduced-price tickets. 

Payment must be received two weeks in advance of the visit by credit card or single check, made out to the Science Museum of Minnesota. If mailed, please write “Attn: Accounting” above our address (120 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102).

Changes may be made prior to payment and no later than two weeks prior to your visit by calling the Contact Center. If paying by check, we recommend payment being sent at least three weeks prior to arrival. We do not accept purchase orders. 

All reservations must be paid in full prior to museum entry. No refunds will be issued after payment has been received. Any adjustments will be made in the form of vouchers for a future visit.

Booking a field trip

To book a field trip, please call the Contact Center at (651) 221-9444. Field trips are available to book any time during our usual business hours.

Please note: In 2021, field trip experiences will only include the exhibit galleries and not the Omnitheater due to COVID-19 protocols.

Eligibility and field trip visitor limits

All K–12 students are eligible for field trips. We also offer group pricing for ages outside of this range through the Contact Center.

Up to 250 students from one school are allowed to attend a field trip at the Science Museum. If you have more than 250 students, the Contact Center can work with you to schedule multiple field trip days.

Final count and cancellations

Cancellations and adjustments to final numbers must be made no later than two weeks in advance of your visit and prior to final payment by calling the museum Contact Center at (651) 221-9444. After that time no adjustments will be made. Vouchers for future use will be issued for any absentees on the day of your visit.

Awards

Please fill out our awards form before reserving a field trip date if you’re interested in receiving an award for museum ticket costs, transportation, or other costs.

Safety protocols and requirements

Your safety is our top priority. Find out how we’re keeping museum visitors safe with spacing, online ticketing, and other safety protocols.

Masks are required for all field trip students and educators age five and above.

If you or a student in your class has been sick, please do not come to the museum. The museum offers vouchers and other options in case of a no-show, as mentioned in the Pricing and Scheduling section.

Chaperone policy

The Science Museum requires at least one chaperone for every 10 students. A chaperone is an adult over 21. However, smaller subgroups mean a more meaningful—and safer—experience for students, so the museum admits up to two chaperones free for every 10 students.

Chaperones must stay with their students at all times and are responsible for the conduct of the students they are accompanying. Without the minimum number of one chaperone per 10 students, all teachers and chaperones will be charged for admission.

Please download the Chaperone Guide for more information and museum manners to review before your field trip.

Lunch during field trips

Lunch is not provided at the museum, so educators and students are encouraged to bring their own lunches. We do offer snacks for purchase at the Explore Store and at food vendors within and outside of the museum if a field trip visitor forgets their meal. The Explore Store is open whenever the museum is open.

To reserve space for lunch at the museum, please let the Contact Center know when you call to book your field trip. 

Storage during field trips

Storage is not available at the museum, so please keep all personal belongings with you or on the bus.

Extra learning materials

Bring more context to your experiences at the Science Museum before or after visiting with learning resources like interactive digital courses, activities and experiments, and printable coloring sheets and drawing tutorials.