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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.


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.

Support education programs that serve New York City school and camp groups is provided by Citi Foundation.

Additional support for New York City School Group Visits is provided by the New York Yankees Foundation.

Support for New Jersey School Group Visits is provided by Roche.

Upcoming Offerings

Earth Day Drop In

Earth Day

April 29, 2014

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

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National Museum Day

May 22, 2014

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.

World Oceans Day Drop In

World Oceans Day

June 12, 2014

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

Past Offerings


Nano Day

April 3, 2014

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

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Brain Awareness Day

March 12, 2014

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

Biodiversity Day Drop In

Biodiversity Day

February 11, 2014

Join us in celebrating the beauty and abundance of all living things, as well as the interconnections between them.

Space Exploration Day

Space Exploration Day

January 16, 2014

Students will learn about the cosmos, the nature of galaxies, stars, and planets and how scientists continue to explore our solar system and beyond.  

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Cultural Halls Day

December 17, 2013

Students will learn about traditional cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Pacific by exploring models, artifacts, textiles and tools and much more.

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10 am - 5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
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