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There’s so much to see and do at Madame Tussauds! Get up close and personal with over 220 life-like wax figures of the biggest stars and icons in entertainment, sports and history. From Marilyn to Madonna to Gaga, there is a star for every generation. Experience the magic of our Cinema 4D theatre, delivering 3D technology with the latest in 4D special effects! Scare yourself silly with the dark side of Madame Tussauds in SCREAM, our live-actor filled experience, and celebrate New York’s greatest icons in The Spirit of New York! Located in the heart of Times Square, no visit to NYC is complete until you’ve experienced the world famous Madame Tussauds.
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Madame Tussauds New York for Summer Camp & Scout Groups
Madame Tussauds is the best place to visit for Summer Camp & Scout groups of ALL ages!
Have your students travel into time as they are able to see and touch prominent figures in history.
With over 225 figures, Madame Tussauds New York provides visitors with an entertaining and educational opportunity to experience the world’s most fascinating celebrities, influential world leaders, historical figures and sports icons.
With a number of interactive experiences such as our Marvel 4D Film and Experience, Spirit of New York, Sports Zone, Scream! a live-actor haunted experience, and much more, this is one New York destination you must see!
Combine learning and fun
Madame Tussauds is dedicated to the meticulous art of sculpting and working with wax to create life-size, three dimensional figures of the most popular celebrities from the worlds of film, television, music, politics, history, sports and the arts from yesterday and today. Have your students travel into time as they are able to see and touch prominent figures in history.
Take advantage of our FREE Teaching Resources.
Groups of 15 or more receive great discounts year- round!
With a group minimum of 15, take advantage of our discounted student group rates.
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Want more? Our intimate Educational Workshops will give your students the chance to discuss with a Madame Tussauds representative the art of creating our life-like wax figures or our business and marketing strategies.
Our Educational Workshops allow your students to immerse themselves in the amazing world of Madame Tussauds. Usually offered to groups between 9:00am to 10.00am, our workshops include a 45-minute interactive presentation in our state of the art Cinema 4D theater, giving your groups a once in a lifetime experience in one of the most renowned wax attractions in the world.
Workshop General Information
Duration of visit with seminar: 2½- 3 hours
Cost: Additional $5.00 per person
Availability: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 10:00am (based on availability) to groups of 20 to 135 people (Small groups may be accommodated during weekdays based upon availability).
What the Workshop Includes:
- See if you can tell who is real in our game of “Real or Wax”.
- A brief history on Marie Grosholtz Tussaud dating back to the French Revolution.
- A presentation done by a key member of our staff on the specific subject area.
- Question & Answer Session.
Cinema 4D Theatre at Madame Tussauds (Above)
Since the studios where the sculptors work are not open to the public, few people know how our exquisite figures are created.
Over the years, hundreds of celebrities have made their way through Madame Tussauds’ “Stage Door” to the sittings studio, built specially to ensure privacy and confidentiality. Our Studio Secrets Seminar takes you behind the closed doors into a Studio Sitting. Learn about this fascinating process, from the private sitting with the celebrity subject, hundreds of precise measurements, photographs to the impeccable craftsmanship and dedication to artistic perfection.
The Studio Secrets Workshop is the perfect introduction to a Madame Tussauds visit and can be tailored to younger students or adults.
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Explore the Exhibits at Madame Tussauds
Marvel Super Heroes 4D
Step inside the top secret command center to unlock your powers alongside the Hulk, Spider Man and more. Pass their tests and advance to the thrilling finale, the Marvel Super Heroes Cinema 4D Experience.
The Spirit of New York
Experience The Spirit of New York, celebrating New York’s greatest icons and unforgettable moments. From classic movie scenes to moments that lifted spirits and shook history, immerse yourself in everything that is New York.
Take your spot on the court, challenge a friend to a friendly game of tennis, box with Evander, and stand on the sidelines with Eli! Don’t miss our interactive sports experience!
B&H TV Studio
Step inside the shoes of a news anchor in the B&H TV Studio Experience as wax figures of award-winning journalists look on.
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Opening Night Party
Snap! Flash! Get past the sea of cameras and make a grand entrance to the star studded Opening Night Party. Get the latest gossip from the rich and famous. Be careful not to get caught in the tabloids, the paparazzi are relentless!
Behind the velvet ropes of the VIP Club, you are transported inside New York City’s hottest nightclub. No tough security or pretentious doorman, just mention that you are on Gaga’s list.
Time travel may not be possible, but you can dive into a chronological journey showcasing cultural influences through the decades. Meet some of the world’s greatest sports and entertainment icons.
Looks like you made a wrong turn. It’s really dark here. Follow the light and you’ll be safe, right? You are deep within the mirror maze, where your fears will be unearthed. SCREAM!
The world’s most historical summit has begun and the greatest thinkers, artists and leaders await your arrival. Before you rewrite history, take a few moments to rub elbows with our historical guests.
Strike a pose with some of Bollywood’s best loved stars. Some of the biggest names in Indian cinema can be found right here!
Parties – Get Together – Reunions- Fun, Unique, Memorable!
The world renowned Madame Tussauds is the perfect place for your event! If you want your guests to walk away with an exceptional experience unlike any other look no further than Madame Tussauds.
With a wide range of venue options, we have set the stage for creating the most dramatic backdrop for your event. Whether it’s an exclusive attraction buyout for up to 1,200 or an intimate gathering for 10 specially invited guests, let us entertain you.
With 85,000 square feet of venue space, over 200 figures to meet AND located in the “heart” of Time Square within walking distance to all Broadway theaters and major subway lines; there’s nowhere else like it in New York! Unique and interactive, constantly changing and always forward thinking so no two events are ever the same.
- Pre and Post Theatre Events
- Movie Screenings
- Birthday Celebrations
- Scavangers Hunts
- Team Building
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Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.
Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center.
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|Groups of all ages visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, from Red Hat Ladies and Scouts to summer campers and senior center field trippers! Groups of 15 or more paying visitors qualify for our group general admission rate of $7 per person! Add planetarium show tickets to your visit for an additional $5 per person; check our calendar for the show schedule of the day you’d like to visit. We recommend reserving show tickets in advance as there is limited seating in the theater; please call Visitor Services at (603) 271-7827 x0 to reserve your tickets.|
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- Room & Facility Rental – weddings, conferences, anniversary parties, etc.
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The Discovery Center also offers overnight programs!
NEW! Juniors – “Get Moving!” Journey Workshop – learn about energy use and light pollution.
A 2-hour workshop can be tailored for all Girl Scout pathways to help complete new badges and journeys in the “Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting” and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Workshop includes a planetarium show and hands-on activities.
- Astronomy Merit Badge
- Aviation Merit Badge
- Space Exploration Merit Badge
We can also help with Cub Scouting! Please call and we will help set up an appropriate workshop.
From its earliest days, the Wildlife Conservation Society has been a leader in animal well being. The flagship Bronx Zoo established its first veterinary department in 1901. At the time, the department consisted only of a pathologist and a veterinarian. Today, the Wildlife Health Sciences division includes departments of clinical care, pathology, nutrition, and field veterinary programs. The Wildlife Health Center, located on Bronx Zoo grounds, serves more than 15,000 animals from the four WCS zoos in New York.
The state-of-the-art Aquatic Animal Health Center at the New York Aquarium opened in 2008 to meet the unique challenges of caring for its collection of marine animals. The high-tech hospital includes a laboratory and an operating room, several pools for patients with flippers, X-ray machines, and a kitchen for preparing meals for residents of all sizes, from a tiny seahorse to a 3,000-pound walrus.
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Visit the world’s largest urban zoo and get up close to more than 600 species from around the globe. Meet exotic animals, birds, reptiles and insects from Asia, Africa, the Americas and more without ever leaving the Bronx.
Group Minimum: 10
Total Experience Ticket*: Includes admission and unlimited access to special rides and attractions available during your date of visit. These may include:
- Bug Carousel
- Butterfly Garden
- Children’s Zoo
- Congo Gorilla Forest
- Wild Asia Monorail
- Zoo Shuttle
- 4-D Theater
*Some rides and attractions are open seasonally. Availability is also subject to weather, capacity, mechanical, and/or animal-related issues.
General Admission Ticket: Includes admission into the zoo only.
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Take a stirring journey through time in Atlanta’s Cyclorama. Sit at the center of a sweeping panorama of the Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, during the American Civil War.
On that day Confederate troops led by General John B. Hood made a desperate attempt to save Atlanta from the encircling Union armies. They were initially successful, but the Union troops, led by Major General William T. Sherman, regained positions lost earlier in the day and won the battle. By nightfall, more than 12,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing.
The Cyclorama painting — 42 feet tall and 358 feet in circumference — is said to be the largest painting in the world. It offers breathtaking realism enhanced by a foreground of three-dimensional figures and terrain. The presentation is accompanied by music and narration, available in five languages.
When you visit the Cyclorama in Atlanta’s Grant Park you can also see artifacts of the war displayed in the Civil War Museum and a steam locomotive known as the Texas, a veteran of the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.
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Summer Camp & Scout Trips The Atlanta Cyclorama
Give your Students a field Trip back in history as they take a stirring journey through time in Atlanta’s Cyclorama. Sit at the center of a sweeping panorama of the Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, during the American Civil War. The Atlanta Cyclorama offers a unique inside look into the past of Atlanta Georgia in time of Civil War. A School Field trip to the Atlanta Cyclorama offers a panoramic presentation of the Battle of Atlanta with authentic military artifacts from the period. Students on their School field trip will also have the opportunity to see and understand the past of the Civil war through a number of different mediums offered by the Atlanta Cyclorama.
Tour guides conduct a 40-minute, two-part educational program on the Battle of Atlanta every hour on the half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program includes special lighting, sound effects, music and narration (available in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish).
A 14-minute film is shown detailing events that led to the Battle of Atlanta.
Students on their Group Field Trip are escorted into the Cyclorama to experience the battle. On a second rotation through history, guides explain the history of the painting and answer audience questions.
A 14-minute film shows events leading up to the Battle of Atlanta.
The Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta is the world’s largest oil painting, painted in 1885-86 by artists from Germany. It has been shown in Grant Park since 1893.
The three-dimensional foreground, called a diorama, was added in 1936, bringing a depth of 30 feet to the display.
Civil War Museum
Artifacts from the American Civil War period are displayed on two floors and include weapons, photographs and uniforms. A touch-screen computer system tells the story of the war. Other videos recount period history and Cyclorama restoration.
Steam Locomotive Texas
The centerpiece of the museum is the steam locomotive Texas, which played a key role in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 (also known as Andrews’ Raid). The Texas was used by the Confederates to pursue and recover the locomotive General, stolen by Union raiders led by James J. Andrews. The raiders planned to tear up tracks behind them to disrupt the vital Western and Atlantic Railroad supply line between Atlanta and Chattanooga. The General is currently on exhibit at the Kennesaw Civil War Museum in Marietta, Georgia. The Great Locomotive Chase was the subject of a Disney movie in 1956.
The Cyclorama bookstore offers a wide selection of books and other items on the American Civil War period.
Opened in July 1988, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to have a good time while learning about the vital natural resource just off our shore: Long Island Sound. Set in a refurbished 1860s factory at the mouth of the Norwalk River, the Aquarium building and its location reflect the region’s industrial past and human uses of Long Island Sound for recreation and commerce.
Visitors explore at their own pace, observing 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species. The Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. These close encounters with animals, enhanced by friendly volunteer interpreters and informative display panels, educate visitors about the aquatic life of Long Island Sound and its watershed.
The sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles and other animals, carefully tended in re-created natural settings, serve as ambassadors both for their species and the Sound’s natural environment. These intimate encounters are the heart of the learning experience and provide visitors – children especially – with a basis for understanding their role in the web of life.
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Just 10 or more campers or scouts and you qualify for our lower group rates!
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The Maritime Aquarium offers exciting science-education experiences … in the Aquarium, in the field and at your school. The inspiration of this learning is Long Island Sound, perhaps familiar to students for its proximity but a fascinating unexplored world below the surface.
Interactions with our live animals and engaging science programs can help you inspire your students to become eager learners and young conservationists. We offer standards-based learning opportunities that make science a positive adventure for your students as they’re introduced to scientific concepts, processes and the importance of science in our lives today.
Of course, every visit to our nationally recognized aquarium is a fun and educational experience that gets your students up close to sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish and dozens of other species native to Long Island Sound and its watershed. The Aquarium also has Connecticut’s largest IMAX movie theater. Documentaries on our six-story screen wil transport your students on an unforgettable learning adventure.
Educators voiced concerns. Aquarium donors answered. We have financial assistance available for Aquarium admission, IMAX® movies, programs and bus transportation costs. Some, but not all, financial aid is needs-based. Aid is limited and awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Book early! Enjoy it all at the Aquarium or in the field. Or a Traveling Teacher will bring the fun and learning right into your classroom or auditorium, or to a nearby park, pond, stream or beach.
There are lots of possibilities as you design just the right fun and educational visit to The Maritime Aquarium for your students.
Programs by Grade
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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk brings Long Island Sound Marine Science to Your Camp or Trrop
Have the Aquarium visit your summer camp or scout troop! Except where noted, each 45-minute presentation is for groups of up to 28 students and costs $165 plus additional travel fees. Discounts are given for multiples of the same program held on the same day in the same classroom: $100 for the second program, $95 for the third and $90 for each additional.
Additional charges may include: a “layover fee” for gaps of an hour or more between classes; travel charges; and parking fees.
Pre-K and Kindergarten
“House for Hermit Crab”
Students follow along month by month as they listen to this classic book about a year in the life of a young hermit crab. They use their senses and sharpen observational and verbal skills as they share what they notice and ask questions. They handle some live animals from the story and look for similarities and differences in various crabs, including an invasive species.Program duration dependent on the students’ attention spans.
Living vs. Non-Living
For kindergarten only. Through a guided discussion, students share their observations about the characteristics of living and once-living organisms, as well as non-living things. They compare and contrast two live animals of the same grouping.
For ages 4 & up only. Members of the same group of animals can look and behave very differently. For example, herring and sharks are both fish, but have distinct differences in their size, color and habits. Activities include touching shark teeth, measuring themselves against a life-sized shark puzzle they assemble, and weighing out food for the Aquarium’s sharks.
Grades 1 & 2
By observing and touching a variety of live intertidal animals, students learn about these creatures’ different structures and behaviors. Activities focus on how these animals meet their basic needs for oxygen, food, water, shelter and space.
Sea Turtle Life Cycle
After hearing a story about the life cycle of a loggerhead sea turtle, students play a counting game that teaches about the needs of turtles and demonstrates how and why few survive from hatchling to adult. Students look for special structures and behaviors that help sea turtles meet their basic needs, and discuss ways they can help protect these ancient creatures.
Whales and Dolphins
Is a dolphin a whale? How do scientists group whales? How are you like a whale? Students observe and describe similarities and differences, measure themselves against a life-sized whale puzzle, learn about conservation issues and participate in activities that demonstrate whale and dolphin adaptations.
Grades 3 & 4
Life Between the Tides
The intertidal zone is a unique habitat in which organisms have different behavioral and structural adaptations to survive the rising and falling of tides every day. Students will learn about the moon’s effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss how the organisms depend on the living and non-living features of the environment for survival. And they share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of live intertidal invertebrates.
Sharks and Fish
Animals have structural adaptations for getting food, such as specialized teeth or a keen sense of smell. Students will work in teams to rotate through stations focusing on the animals’ adaptations and survival strategies, the similarities between sharks and other fish, and conservation issues. Activities include measuring out the amount of food that the Aquarium feeds its sharks, observing physical adaptations of a fish, and touching shark jaws, skin and other artifacts.
Squid have very unique behavioral and structural adaptations for survival, and they depend on living and non-living components of their environment. Students observe and ask about these adaptations and interactions as they learn dissection skills. They also compare and contrast squid with other mollusks, such as snails and clams.
Brine Shrimp Inquiry (for Grades 5-6)
Available only as a 90-minute program. Through a guided inquiry experiment, students investigate how brine shrimp respond to different stimuli while implementing the basics of the scientific method. Students work in groups for formulate a hypothesis, note observations, chance variables and state results. $265 for first program, $185 for others on the same day.
The intertidal zone is a unique ecosystem in which organisms have different adaptations to sense and respond to information about their environment as the tides rise and fall. Students learn about the moon’s effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss challenges for animals living in the intertidal zone and the physical factors with which they interact. Students share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of intertidal invertebrates.
Marine World Magnified
The unseen marine world opens up to students as they learn to use hand lenses and microscopes to observe a variety of live animals. Students compare the structure of the eye to a microscope. They then use books and charts to identify the creatures they have seen. Food chains and human impacts are discussed.
Through dissection, students explore how squid sense and respond to their environment by examining a squid’s unique physical adaptations, including the exceptionally large eyes. Students also compare and contrast squid to other mollusks such as clams and snails.
Environmental Issues for Grades 3-8
These 45-minute programs introduce students to some of the environmental issues facing the world today/ Students learn about many of the impacts these issues have on our climate, wildlife, ecosystems, everyday living and Long Island Sound. Solutions to current issues are discussed. (Many activities relate to state Social Studies standards too.)
Through an interactive presentation, students learn the differences between climate and weather, the basic of the greenhouse effect, and how carbon cycles through the environment. Through discussion and hands-on activities, students discover how climate change impacts our weather, wildlife and everyday living. They’ll also brainstorm for solutions that can be implemented in their own lives and communities.
An ecosystem is composed of all populations that are living in a certain space and the physical factors with which they interact. The introduction of non-native plants or animals can have a negative impact on an ecosystem. Students will take part in fun hands-on activities while exploring the environmental impacts of invasive species that can now be found in Long Island Sound. Students also will learn what they can do to prevent further spreading of exotic species.
Most precipitation that falls in Connecticut eventually reaches Long Island Sound. This water moving across and through the earth carries with it the products of human activities. With Long Island Sound’s extensive watershed as an example, discover the impact of humans on aquatic ecosystems. Students will share their observations as they “pollute” a watershed model, then look for ways to clean it up. Hands-on discovery of basic scientific and ecological concepts.
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Dr. LivingSound® Traveling Science Show!
For Grades 2-6
This lively 45-minute program, for up to 200 students, incorporates drama, surprise and humor to introduce students to Long Island Sound’s environment and the issues that concern it. Our Dr. LivingSound® character (played by a Maritime Aquarium educator) draws students into hands-on demonstrations that teach how science connects to the marine world. Using water as its central topic, “the good doctor” introduces students to the Sound’s watershed, explains the water cycle and examines the different ways we use water.
Cost is $525. Discounts available for multiple presentations on the same day: $275 each additional presentation. Additional charges may include a “layover fee” for gaps of one hour or more between classes, travel charges, and any parking fees.
Touch Tank for a Day!
A great bonus for Field Days, Science Fairs or Family Nights
We’ll set up a supervised touch tank with live tidal-pool creatures and animal artifacts. A great hands-on learning-station enhancement to any event!
Cost: $165 for the first hour, $100 for second hour, $95 for third hour and $90 for each additional hour.
Long Island Sound Day
We can arrange a day at your school so that several grades, or all students, can experience our unique program.
Our Long Island Sound Day includes an initial indoor assembly program (for up to 200) with a PowerPoint presentation, then in one-hour blocks students can rotate through a variety of stations that include our live tide-pool animals. Other stations could include topics on whales, sharks or invasive species.
Cost: $300 for initial assembly/ set-up, $200 per hour thereafter. Travel charges may also apply. For more information, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2271.
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These programs get students out in nature, where they’ll practice developing their science-inquiry, literacy and numeracy skills. Please note special prices and times. For a Field Ecology program conducted at your site, adjacent free parking is required. Travel fees may apply. School must pay parking fees.
- Aquarium admission is optional.
- If you have more than 28 students, you must book multiple programs.
- The 7:1 student:chaperone ratio applies.
- Field Ecology programs are conducted only around low tide. Students will get their feet wet! Wear boots or shoes that can get soggy, and dress for the weather!
Grades K – 2
Visit to the Seashore
Students get out to the water’s edge for the excitement of being “in the field.” They’ll use their senses – plus some scientific sampling techniques – during a discovery tour looking for – and learning about – living and non-living things at the sandy shore, rocky shore and tidal marsh habitats. Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.
Grades 3 – 6
Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) Learn about the geological processes that helped create our tidal marshes, rocky shores and sandy beaches. Students use scientific equipment to collect animals and test water composition, then consider the changing habitats, varying needs and adaptations of animals living in these marine environments. Other topics include tides, invasive species and habitat conservation. 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.
The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.
The Education Department creates learning opportunities for learners of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, at the Museum, at home, in school, and in the community.
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Please note that these pages are for planning NYC and tri-state area school and camp group visits. If you are a school or camp group from outside New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, please visit the Group Sales page.
There’s a reason we’re a top field trip destination in New York City: amazing new exhibits, over 32 million objects in our permanent collections, and exceptional programs, resources and classes for students and teachers!
Follow these simple steps to plan an unforgettable museum learning experience for your students or camp group.
With five exhibit floors to explore, less is more! Select a Hall of Focus, sign up for a student program, or get tickets to a Special Exhibition, IMAX Film or Space Show. All of our programs are designed to support the NYC K-8 Scope and Sequence for Science and Social Studies.
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Prepare For Your Day
Get ready for your visit with these important Museum policies and procedures.
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Book Your Field Trip
Book your field trip at least 5 weeks in advance. If you have changes (new field trip date, reduction/increase of reservation numbers, or cancellations), please call Central Reservations 14 days before your visit to receive a refund.
Before you call Central Reservations to book your field trip, please use the Reservation worksheet to map out your day at the Museum. Keep it handy to expedite your call!
Occasionally some halls in the Museum may be closed. To ensure that the specific hall you are coming to see is open, please call the Museum 5 days before your visit at (212) 769-5100 and listen for the weekly hall closings.
Open your confirmation packet immediately! The Museum will only send out one confirmation packet per group and it will be addressed to the one who made the reservation. The packet will confirm your Museum itinerary.
The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is much more than Northern New England’s museum of natural history — it is a place to marvel at the wonders of our world. Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Fairbanks Museum invites you to explore your universe.
Inside our classic Victorian building, you’ll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont’s only public planetarium, and see weather forecasts in the works in our Eye on the Sky Weather Gallery. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.
Inside, our collections include some 175,000 objects:
- 75,000 natural science specimens (mounted birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; insects; nests and eggs; shells; fossils; rocks and minerals; herbarium)
- 95,000 historical artifacts (tools; toys; dolls; textiles; weapons; archival photographs and documents)
- 5,000 ethnological items representing Oceania, the Near East, Africa, Egypt, Japan and native North America.
The only public planetarium in the state of Vermont opened in 1961 and continues to offer guided tours of the cosmos every week.
Discover … Explore … Experience … Inspire …
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We have prepared a wondrous array of curriculum guides to help teachers and parents create activities within the Museum and beyond its walls. Our aim is to inspire curiosity and self-directed learning, so that children become life-long naturalists, always interested in the world around them.
The Museum’s learning experiences take place in our awe-inspiring galleries, state-of-the-art Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Nature Classroom, classic learning hall and outdoor space.
The Museum’s Education team is ready to work with you and your school to help your students engage in active learning that excites them. Our curriculum guides are designed to meet VT State Standards.
The Museum is a fabulous and memorable destination for field trips! Let us help you plan this excursion.
|Your class or group can come to the Museum for a field trip or for repeated learning experiences. Fees include 1 FREE chaperone for every 5 students.Choose from the following program options:
It is easy to take the Sun for granted. After all, it NEVER fails to shine, even if the clouds get in the way. Recently, better technology has permitted astronomers to observe the Sun in great detail, revealing much more about the Sun. It also shows many things we don’t know about the Sun. While the Sun’s steady nature makes life on Earth possible, changes in daily, seasonally, and long-term solar activity affects our atmosphere, our satellites, and life on the Earth.
Students will learn to safely view the Sun, weather-permitting, and will observe (live or through images) details on the Sun’s surface. Students will analyze data to discover patterns of solar activity, and then discuss the possible affects of the Sun on the Earth, including recent information about decreased solar activity.
NGSS: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, PS3
Does sound cause movement?
Does movement make sound?
How does sound travel through the air?
Discover the properties of sound while making some of your own sounds. Develop basic musical instruments to test your observations. Using tools and ourselves, we will discover what makes sound and what does not. By the end we will solve the problem of how to use our bodies to demonstrate how sound traverses distance.
NGSS: 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-4
Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies!
Parasites and Poisons that can control our minds!
Although there are no supernatural monsters in this lesson, we will explore the ways in which real parasites have taken over their hosts, and how they may have inspired monster myths! Have you ever wondered what happens to a person who contracts rabies? Could parasites be responsible for some people’s reckless and dangerous behavior? Could toxins and poisons in nature cause people to behave like monsters themselves? This lesson is ideally suited for Third Grade through Middle School students.
NGSS: 3-LS4, 4-LS1, MS-LS1, MS-LS2, MS-LS3, MS-LS4
Have a Ball!
What goes up must come down, but that law of motion doesn’t mean all objects travel on or through all surfaces the same.
Your students need only bring their innate curiosity and their creative and critically thinking minds to be ready for this class!
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Delve into our Solar System and beyond in the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Planetarium!
Planetarium experiences can expose your students, club members or community group to the stars and constellations, our moon, the planets, even concepts like orbits and gravity.
- Our Solar System
- American Indian Star Stories
- Tonight’s Skies
- The Moon
- Mythology and the Stars
Plan your visit to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium
Our staff meteorologists, the voices of the Eye on the Sky weather broadcasts, are also our weather educators.
What better source could there be for learning about the science behind weather and climate!
Introduction to Weather Instruments
What kinds of tools does a weatherperson use to measure what’s going on in the air? How do they work? Thermometers (liquid and bimetallic), anemometer, wind vane, barometer, psychrometer and rain gauge are explained and passed around for close inspection. A brief trip to the Weather Center and the Instrument Shelter closes the time.
Duration: 50 minutes, flexible for K (can include Weather Center/Instrument Shelter).
Suitable for grades K-3
Weather Center and Instrument Shelter
The title says it all! A guided view of the Northern New England Weather Center, including instruments and telecommunications equipment; then a quick trip to the Instrument Shelter for an explanation of its workings.
Before computers, The Weather Channel, even the Old Farmer’s Almanac, forecasting the weather was a do-it-yourself project. And so, through hundreds of years of observing the weather, reliable signs were compiled and passed on, becoming those quaint country quips like when the cows lay down at midday, rain in on the way. Yet most, if not all of these bits of weather wisdom work. A look at the sayings, the science behind them, and a way for you to use them to forecast your own weather.
Appropriate for all ages.
How Do We Make a Forecast?
A day in the Life of a Meteorologist
An explanation of the process of making a weather forecast. We cover everything from taking local observations; through mapping regional, national, or hemispheric observations and using satellite imagery; to using computer model output. By the end your students should have a good understanding of how a meteorologist organizes his or her thoughts when faced with the task of figuring out the weather from 2 hours to 2 weeks into the future.
Best for Grade 4 & up.
Weather a la Carte!
These lessons could be presented one of two ways:
- A short lesson focusing on one of four topics, with a “hands on” activity to follow, or,
- A longer lesson focusing on one of four topics, with follow up materials provided for your class to conduct “hands-on” experiments back at school.
Suitable for students from Kindergarten to the third grade.
There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric Megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat.
See exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community experts. Discover the amazing Everglades in the Florida EcoScapes exhibit. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. And immerse yourself in a five-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. Whether you’re two or 82 visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of fun.
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The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year.
We invite you to bring your students and groups to the Museum of Discovery and Science, Florida’s premier science center, for an exciting hands-on learning adventure, bringing science alive for your students and groups.
Use the links to the left to discover how much we have to offer. Remember we’ve got fun down to a science!
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Permanent Exhibits for field Trips
A major expansion of the Museum of Discovery and Science, the new 34,000-square-foot EcoDiscovery Center, which more than doubles the Museum’s current exhibit space, offers more dynamic hands-on explorations.
There are five new exhibit areas: Otters at Play, Everglades Airboat Adventure, Prehistoric Florida, Florida Water Mysteries and Storm Center.
- Watch the playful antics of North American river otters
- Take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure
- Experience hurricane force winds
- Dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon
- Come face-to-face with a saber-toothed cat
- Walk under a 12-foot-tall Imperial Mammoth
- Discover the natural path of water through Florida
- Learn how you can help protect and conserve the Everglades
- Science will come to life in the new 100-seat Keller Science Theater with entertaining science presentations and live animal shows.
This new permanent exhibit showcases the amazing miracle of the human body features four zones: Powerful Pulse, Powerful Team, Powerful You, and The Cutting Edge.
Ever wonder where your waste goes after the garbage truck takes it away? Climb in our garbage truck and explore with Harry as he guides visitors in learning what going green really means.
Did you know minerals are the building block of the entire Universe? The iron in hematite, in spinach and in the hemoglobin in our blood is all the same.
Discover how scientists study the fascinating mysteries of space in our recently expanded space hall.
Explore this hands-on interactive exhibit and nature trail that tells the story of the restoration of Florida’s Everglades.
Children seven and under will enjoy this hands-on play and learning center designed especially for them.