School Field Trip
Pricing and Information
Illinois PreK-12 schools receive free Museum Entry, while out-of-state schools receive a discount. Discounted tickets are available for Giant Dome Theater films, temporary exhibits and tours.
2019 Pricing: School Groups (PDF)
Reservations should be made four weeks before your visit, and even earlier for peak seasons of April-May and November-December.
Reserve a school field trip
You may also reserve field trips by calling (773) 684-1414.
Reservations for other groups:
One chaperone per 10 students in grades 4-12 and one chaperone per five students in grades K-3 is admitted free. Let us know if you are a special needs group that requires additional chaperones. Our chaperone guide (PDF) will help you provide instructions to chaperones during your visit.
We will ask for your lunch plan during your reservation process. Even when bringing your own lunches, a time and space for your lunch must be prearranged. There are three lunch options available:
- Bring your own lunches (advance seating reservations required);
- Pre-order box lunches ($10.50 for adults and $7.25 for children) with a timed reservation for semi-private seating;
- Visit the Brain Food Court, where seating is not reserved and subject to availability, with either cash or vouchers. A $10 student voucher is available, which is good for selected entrees with a side and a drink.
Payment and Cancellations
Full payment is due 14 days before your visit or your reservation will be canceled. Cancellations made less than 14 days in advance will not be refunded. Please provide your final group count 14 days before your visit; students or chaperones not included in the final count will be charged full-price admission.
If you are attending a Learning Lab, a $25 deposit is required within 10 days of making your reservation. Full payment is due 14 days before your visit or the lab will be cancelled. Labs cancelled with less than 14 days' notice will not be refunded. Based on availability, labs may be rescheduled for a $10 handling fee.
Arrival and Check-In
On weekdays, buses drop off and pick up at the Group Center, located on the west side of the Museum off Cornell Drive, just south of the parking garage entrance. Buses can only turn right into the parking lot; download our map (PDF) for details. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before any scheduled event or program. Your reservation materials will confirm your assigned drop off location and provide directions.
We do not provide school bus or motorcoach parking. Visit Choose Chicago for bus parking options. Paid automobile parking is available in the Museum's underground parking garage.
The Museum is committed to providing a quality experience for all guests. Our Sensory Map and Communication Book can assist with your visit, and field trip organizers may be interested in our Field Trip Social Narrative. You can request these items when you arrive at the Museum.