The Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning is excited to offer a series of free, hands-on events for school groups of all ages on a variety of topics. Make the most of your field trip by participating in these events, which will allow students the opportunity to engage in hands-on investigations, specimen and artifact observations, and much more while exploring the Museum's world-renowned scientific and cultural collections and exhibition halls.

While you must pre-register your group in order to visit the museum and any special exhibitions, no additional reservations for the school group drop-in events are necessary: all offerings are first-come, first served. Admission to the Museum and the special exhibits are free for groups from New York City schools, however, pre-registration, reservations, and complimentary tickets are required.

To book your trip on one of these days, or any day of the year, visit or call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200.


Support for the Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning is provided in part by The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation.

Free admission for New York City school and camp groups to the American Museum of Natural History is generously supported by the Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.

The School Group Visits Program at the American Museum of Natural History is generously supported by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Endowment Fund for Education.

Past Offerings

World Oceans Day Drop In

World Oceans Day

June 7, 2016

Students will explore the amazing diversity of life and wide range of habitats that are found in the planet’s Oceans.

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International Museum Day

May 18, 2016

Students will get a sampling of the best that the Museum has to offer in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Paleontology, Astrophysics, Global Studies and the Living Environment.

Earth Day Drop In

Earth Day

April 22, 2016

Learn about our dynamic earth and why understanding how it works is central to our well-being and survival.


Nano Day

April 6, 2016

Students will explore nanoscale science, engineering and technology and its potential impact upon the future.  

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Brain Awareness Day

March 15, 2016

Explore how the most complex organ in the body has evolved, how it works, and how it makes us human.