Where else can you bring your students face to face—or even in touchwith the physical history of our planet? The museum presents its natural treasures in innovative and engaging formats for pre-K–12 students. Bring billions of years of the Earth's history to your students through our range of engaging and enlightening programs.
Watch Making the Most of Your Visit, a video overview to help plan your school visit. 


Classes at the museum

For grades K–12

Designed and taught by museum educators, these programs offer an activity-oriented approach to help students develop a deeper understanding of natural history. Students become scientists as they handle museum specimens, study live animals, and participate in interactive demonstrations.


Self-guided visits

For grades K–12 and college groups

Self-guided visits offer an opportunity to make the museum your classroom and to develop focused connections between your curriculum and the 12,000 specimens on display. 


Afterschool visits

The museum offers single and multiple visit programs for afterschool and out-of-school group visits. Discover some of the wonders of the natural world.


Scheduling a program

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. 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. Have more questions? Check our frequently asked questions or download the Teacher's Guide.



Our materials for educators include teaching professional development opportunities, exhibit DVDs, and educator guides to use in the museum or your classroom.