Discovery Room for Pre-K-2 School Groups main content.

Discovery Room for Pre-K-2 School Groups

Discovery Room education with young students taking nots on life-sized model of Balboa tree.


The Discovery Room is a great way to introduce the wonders of the museum to your Pre-K-2nd grade students! The Museum is filled with rich scientific knowledge, priceless artifacts, and amazing collections from all over the world. Begin your experience with hands-on exploration in a quiet, safe, and immersive exhibition space. The program is one hour in length and introduces teachers, students, and parent/caregivers to the nature of science, the tools scientists use, and shared-inquiry investigations. We offer programs for Pre-K classes and K-2nd grade students on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.
 Student Activities (K-2nd grade):

  • Experience a guided exploration of the process of fossilization.
  • Excavate dinosaur fossils on a paleontology dig site and reconstruct the skeleton of a 14-foot prehistoric reptile.
  • Grab your imaginary observation binoculars and survey wildlife in a replica of an African Baobab tree.

Student Activities (Pre-K):

  • Discover how dinosaur bones ended up buried in the desert and try your hand at excavating them.
  • Explore the features of various animal groups while surveying the wildlife in an African Baobab tree.
  • Enjoy facilitated free exploration time in the Discovery Room for you and your students.

For more information, please email



Reservations for October 2018-January 2019 began on October 1, 2018 and are first-come, first-served. Please state the name of your school, grade level, names of teachers, number of students, two desired dates, and return email address or telephone number. There is an $85 fee for booking a Discovery Room program.

Please note: There must be one adult chaperone for every five students. This program is limited to 20 students for Pre-K and limited to one class with one head teacher for grades K-2.

Learn more about the Discovery Room for the public...



The Discovery Room was made possible by a grant from the Edward John Noble Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by Capital One Bank, the Ralph M. Cestone Foundation, Nora and Ted Weinreich, the V. and L. Marx Foundation, the Ducommun and Gross Family Foundation, the Daneker Family, the Larkin Family, and the Alice Lawrence Foundation, Inc.

The Family Science Program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the New York City Council.

Early Childhood and Family Learning at the American Museum of Natural History provides exciting science learning opportunities for young children and families through OLogy, the Discovery Room, the Science and Nature Program, and Public Programs.

Support for Early Childhood and Family Learning has been provided by the Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation, John and Amy Griffin, Allison and Roberto Mignone, Sylvain Mirochnikoff and Rebekah Mercer, Sharmila and Ravi Sinha, and Beth Kobliner Shaw and David E. Shaw.

Additional funding has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer D. A. Sackler, Amy and John Jacobsson, Jonathan and Kristy Korngold, and Kimberly and Greg Lippmann, Shaiza Rizavi and Jonathan Friedland, and Joella and John Lykouretzos.