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

Children’s Group Bookings FAQ

Hello! We are delighted to be able to offer special rates for groups of children during the school year and the summer this year, excluding the month of July.

Request a Visit for your Summer Kids Group

If you want to book an adult group, please click here to book regular admission tickets through our website.

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:

  • You can bring a group during the school year that is self-guided. These group visits are subject to scheduling availability, and times are typically available in the afternoons. Please contact us at to inquire about self-guided school visits during the school year. 
  • You can bring a self-guided children’s school group or other children’s group to the Museum outside of the school year, during the summer: 
    • Available dates for these group visits are: June 6–30, 2022 and August 1–31, 2022 Summer groups can visit on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays between these dates 
    • You can choose a 10:00 AM arrival OR 12:00 PM arrival. (Note: We are not offering children’s group rates in July 2022.) 
    • Contact us to book a self-guided children’s group in summer. 
  • You can also book a live, virtual field trip for your class during the school year. Click here to learn more about these fun, dynamic virtual field trip programs

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) 

Outside of the school year (June 6–30, 2022, August 1–31, 2022)

  • Adults (18–64) - $14 
  • Seniors (65+) - $11 
  • Teens (13–17) - $11 
  • Children (2–12) - $10 

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. 

Outside of the school year (June 6–30, 2022, August 1–31, 2022)

  • Cars can park in general parking
  • Buses can park on Puesta del Sol (NOT in the Museum parking lot) 

Can we get advanced tickets for planetarium shows or special exhibits such as Butterflies Alive?

No need! Planetarium tickets and the Butterflies Alive! exhibit are both included in the price of admission.

However, please note that summer is a very busy time at the Museum. We cannot guarantee access to these exhibits and shows for groups, and groups should expect considerable wait times at peak visitor hours for a particular exhibition or show.

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: