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Afterschool visits

To schedule a visit, please complete the Reservations Request Form and email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax to 617-496-8308 to begin the reservations process.

When the request has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the Education Department to complete the reservation. Your reservation is not complete until you have been contact by the department.

If you have questions, you may contact the reservations desk by email or phone at 617-495-2341.

Afterschool opportunities

WOW: Wonders on Wednesdays

Free admission on Wednesday afternoons, 1:00–5:00 pm

  • WOW is a free opportunity for community-based youth and afterschool groups of all ages. Bring your group to the museum to discover some of the wonders of the natural world.
  • Explore the museum with Gallery Activities such as Animal Detectives where kids compare camouflage and body coverings, and Gallery Games, which encourages close observations of museum exhibits. Download Gallery Activities and print a copy for each student you bring to the museum.
  • Repeat visits are encouraged; with over 12,000 specimens, it is easy to discover something new every visit.
  • Groups of 10–30 students and a 1:5 ratio of adults to children are ideal. Reservations are required and space is limited.

Scouts

Self-Guided Visits

$7 per student for groups of 10 or more, daily 9:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Scouts are encouraged to explore the museum anytime with a self-guided visit.
  • Come see how animals from around the world have adapted to their environment, learn about a variety of ecosystems, see the artistry of the world-famous Glass Flowers, and marvel at the mineral and geological collections.
  • If you want to visit the museum in advance to help plan your trip, speak with a staff member when you make your reservation. Staff may also be available to help you develop badge-specific activities.
  • Reservations are required.
  • A 1:5 adult to child ratio is required and the adult is admitted for free. Additional chaperones are $10 per adult.

Saturday Boy Scout Program
Geology: Exploring New England’s Prehistoric Past

$11 per student ($275 minimum), 2-hour program offered Saturdays from 9:30 am–2:00 pm

  • Learn how New England has changed over the past 500 million years. Study rocks, fossils, and living animals that provide clues about ancient oceans, volcanoes, and the ice ages. Paired with an exploration of the mineral gallery and the hall of vertebrate paleontology, this class covers nearly all of the requirements of the Boy Scout Geology Merit Badge.
  • This is a 2-hour classroom program, offered on Saturdays, during which scouts participate in hands-on activities to help fulfill the Geology Merit Badge.
  • After the class, scouts are welcome to explore the museum on their own.
  • Up to 30 students can register for the class and reservations are required. If you have a specific date in mind, register early, as dates are limited.
  • A 1:5 adult to child ratio is required and the adult is admitted for free; additional chaperones are $10 per adult.
  • Price includes museum admission.

Saturday Daisy Girl Scout Program
All About Animals

$11 per student ($275 minimum), 2-hour program offered Saturdays from 9:30 am–2:00 pm

  • On an imaginary walk through the forest, students will discover different animal groups. They will look at animals with and without backbones and then examine birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians to compare the life cycles and special characteristics that make each group unique. Scouts will meet some live animals and learn what they need to stay healthy and happy here at the museum. While meeting animals from around the world, scouts will also learn about women scientists studying animals, and discuss ways to keep animal homes safe for wildlife in their own backyards.
  • This is a 2-hour classroom program, offered on Saturdays, which complements the theme of the 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals Journey for Daisy Girl Scouts, grades K–1.
  • After the class, scouts are welcome to explore the museum on their own.
  • Up to 30 students can register for the class and reservations are required. If you have a specific date in mind, register early, as dates are limited.
  • A 1:5 adult to child ratio is required and the adult is admitted for free; additional chaperones are $10 per adult.
  • Price includes museum admission.