The Museum is open Wed–Mon from 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf is open daily from 10:00 AM–5:00 PM.

Children’s Group Bookings FAQ

We are delighted to be able to offer special rates for self-guided children's and teen groups during the school year. Please note that availability for self-guided groups is limited during the school year. Please contact us early and be prepared with flexible dates if a self-guided visit is your preference.

Request an afternoon visit for your self-guided kids' or teen group here.

To book an adult group, buy regular admission tickets here.

To book a guided school program, find more information here.

What is a children’s “group”?

A group is defined as:

  • 10–30 children and an adult ratio of 1 adult: 5 children. (Any adults over this number will be charged the regular admission price.) 

Are all children’s group visits the same?

No! We offer a number of different programs for children’s groups throughout the year:

How much is admission for groups?

During the school year (October - early June)

  • $100 per group of 10–30 children / 6 adults max 
  • $50 per group of 10–30 children / 6 adults max for qualifying Title I schools under our Museum Access Fund (Please contact us if you have questions about eligibility) 

Note, memberships cannot be used when purchasing group admission

When do I pay admission?

We ask that admission be paid in full at least 2 weeks prior to the visit date. Book online for guided school field trip programs or contact us for other group bookings.

Is there parking available for groups?

During the school year (October–June):

  • Cars can park in general parking. 
  • Buses can drop off in front of the Museum entrance and park in designated school bus parking spaces in our parking lot. 

Can we get advanced tickets for planetarium shows?

No need! Planetarium tickets are included in the price of admission.

If you know you and your group will want to visit a special exhibition or view a planetarium show, please let us know well in advance and we may be able to help you plan your visit: