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As availability is limited, we recommend that programs be reserved as far in advance as possible. Groups that arrive at the museum for self-guided tours without reservations will not receive the group discount.

Learn about professional development opportunities. For more information on school programs download the Teacher's Guide

Reservations Requests

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.

Following a confirmed reservation, a packet will be mailed to you. Please review the information carefully. Be sure to call us if anything is incorrect.

The reservations desk is regularly staffed from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday-Friday, and can be contacted by phone at 617.495.2341 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Payment Methods

Checks: Single check made payable to Harvard University. 

Credit Cards: MC, VISA, or AMEX

Cash: Large bills please.

Purchase Orders: Arrange at least one week before your visit with the Education Department.

Bring payment with you on the day of your visit.

Financial Aid

Learn about grants for field trip expenses through Target Field Trips and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Big Yellow School Bus program.


Notify the Education Department immediately by phone. Groups cancelling within two weeks prior to a scheduled program will be charged the full program fee.



Bus drop-off and pick-up is permitted, but there is no bus parking available at the museum. Refer to the confirmation packet for bus and car parking options. Please note: Drop-off arrangements have changed since last year.


Chaperones must stay with their students at all times and are responsible for the safety and proper conduct of the group. One adult is required and admitted free for every five students (grades K-8). Contact us about requirements for older students. Adults beyond the ratio are charged $10 each. Please note that reduced admission rates offered for library passes, membership, MTA or Harvard ID holders do not apply.

Lunch options

Your group may eat on the lawn in front of the museum. During inclement weather, groups may eat in our lobby area. Lobby space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sorry, we do not have a snack bar or dining facilities.

Museum Shop

The Museum Shop offers many interesting and educational items that can spark curiosity and extend the learning experience. Please have chaperones stay with students when visiting the shop.

For more information

Call our Education Department at 617.495.2341, download our Frequently Asked Questions, and check this website throughout the year for updates.