Field Trips

A Field Trip to the Discovery Museum offers groups many opportunities for hands-on play and exploration. Dynamic exhibit spaces engage children of all ages in imaginative play, science and engineering, mathematics, experimentation, problem-solving and creativity.


Field Trips for School Groups

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten

The Discovery Museum offers young students a chance to immerse themselves in developmentally-appropriate play, which is essential to early learning and overall healthy development. A warm and welcoming place to visit, every space provides a learning opportunity. Exciting and memorable hands-on exhibits connect curious learners to a wide variety of curriculum areas, while supportive museum staff encourage students and chaperones to explore, imagine, question, problem-solve, cooperate, and collaborate.

Field Trip planning materials for Preschool and Pre-K:
Preschool and Pre-K Chaperone Planner
Preschool and Pre-K Teacher Checklist

Kindergarten through Grade 8

A Field Trip to the Discovery Museum is a compelling and fun way to introduce STEAM themes and provide hands-on opportunities for students to practice science and engineering, imagination and invention. Here, students play, observe, question, investigate, problem-solve, create, reflect, and share findings. Our hands-on exhibits and supportive education staff make learning exciting and memorable, while our topics and methods support the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.

Learn from the experience of a 6th grade teacher who brings her class to the Museum each year in this blog post.

Field Trip planning materials for Kindergarten through Grade 8:
K-8 Chaperone Planner
K-8 Teacher Checklist

Field Trips for Out-of-School-Time Groups

Whether you are a community group, club, afterschool group, or scout troop a Discovery Museum Field Trip is a memorable way to create and spark the inner scientist in everyone. Both inside and outside exhibits focus on hands-on STEAM themes, including simple machines, light and color, air play and so much more. The Discovery Museum education staff support all ages of learning, encouraging play, investigation and creation. Learn more about the Discovery Museum and all of our hands-on exhibits!

Field Trip planning materials for Out-of-School-Time groups:
Out-of School Time Group Chaperone Planner
Out-of-School Time Teacher Checklist


View and download our Field Trip brochure here.


Exhibit Areas

Learning themes at the Discovery Museum include Water; Air; Sound; Force & Motion; Math; Simple Machines; Light & Color; Building, Tinkering, & Engineering; and more. 

Visit our exhibits page for more information.  


Booking Instructions and Pricing

For more information and to book your trip, please contact Kathie Watt at 978-264-4200 ext. 122, or fill out our Field Trip Booking form.

Pricing for Field Trips is $13.50/student or chaperone, September through February, and $14.50/student or chaperone, March through June. Teachers are always free!


View and download a PDF transcript to the above video. 

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