Since its founding by teachers over a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. In these challenging times, we are working hard to continue supporting our learning communities.
In-Museum Group Visits
The Museum welcomes self-guided visits for schools, learning pods, community groups, afterschool programs, camps and childcare centers. Please contact our Groups Coordinator at GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org
The Japanese House
Group visits to the Japanese House are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in scheduling a visit to the Japanese House, please contact us at GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org
Balls and Tracks (in Person)
Loop-de-loops, hills, tunnels, and more! There are many exciting parts to roller coasters and lots of things engineers have to keep in mind when designing them. Through trial and error and using their keen observation skills, students will work in teams to engineer a roller coaster track for a marble. This program is designed for 1st-5th grade and lasts about 45-55 minutes.
Money Matters: Earthquake Engineering (In Person)
Can you design a building to withstand an earthquake? Students will engage in financial literacy and engineering as they carefully spend their budget on materials to design an earthquake resistant structure. They will test their design on a shake table. This program is designed for 2nd-5th grade and lasts about 60 minutes.
Thanks to generous support from Citizens Bank, the Money Matters: Earthquake Engineering program can be facilitated free of charge for many schools. Within the interest form, you can indicate whether you would like your class to be considered for a sponsored visit.
Money Matters Virtual Museum Experience
What are the businesses in our community? How do we and our neighbors make and spend money? Students will get the chance to explore these financial literacy concepts through role play, creating their own small businesses, and making shopping choices.
This program is broken into four parts, including two virtual visits from the Museum educator.
- Part 1 (teacher-facilitated): Students will be introduced to the idea of a small business through a storybook. The storybook will be provided by the Museum, but facilitated by the teacher.
- Part 2 (Museum-facilitated): A Museum staff member will virtually guest star (about 45 minutes) in the class to facilitate a discussion about businesses the students are familiar with and guide students in thinking about what small business they want to create.
- Part 3 (teacher-facilitated): The teacher will help students pick their businesses. Then, students will complete small business plans, make signs to promote their businesses, and make fake money to use in the following part of the program.
- Part 4 (teacher-facilitated): Students will sell from and shop at the businesses they created.
Thanks to generous support from Citizens Bank, Virtual Money Matters Experiences program can be facilitated free of charge for many schools. Within the interest form, you can indicate whether you would like your class to be considered for a sponsored visit.
Check back here soon for additional information about more virtual museum experiences.